Explore Rail Transport Careers: Coalas Rail

Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, we are award-winning specialists having constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.

We specialise in:

  • High Speed Lines
  • Light /Metro Lines
  • Freight Operator
  • Track Laying, Renewal and Maintenance
  • Operation and Maintenance of On Track Plant
  • High Voltage and Traction Power
  • Electrification & Signalling
  • Rolling Stock Refurbishment & Maintenance
  • Tramways
  • Multidisciplinary Projects
  • Engineering
  • Control & Communication systems

We work on some of the continent’s most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major enhancement and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and are currently working on some incredibly exciting projects like our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo Station. We are also delivering major schemes overseas in North Africa, Asia and North America.

At Colas Rail we look outwards to our customers, seeing things from their point of view, responding to their suggestions and anticipating their needs, while being committed to delivering on our promise to them, our employees, the people we work with and our stakeholders.

Developing leaders of the future

Developing people is key to our operational success, with 25% of our leaders progressing through our Graduate Schemes. The Trainee & Apprentice programmes we run are equally as important to closing the skills gap facing the industry.

We build our own talent and develop them on fast track Leadership, Technical or Commercial schemes and this in turn results in loyal and passionate employees who deliver brilliantly for our contracts. We can demonstrate this approach on our alliance contracts such as S&C, Wessex Capacity Alliance and the Midland Metro Alliance where it produces fantastic results.

At Colas Rail we believe the investment made in training and development is vital to maintaining competitive advantage and we are committed to utilising training and development to ensure that every possible opportunity is available to our staff.

To find out more about us, please visit our website https://www.colasrail.co.uk/careers/graduate-programme/, or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube: Colas Rail UK.

Graduate Profile

Grace Hayward – Management Scheme

I graduated from the University of Birmingham in July 2017 with a MEng Degree in Chemical Engineering/Energy Engineering; I could not have felt more proud of my achievement. It took four years of studying, a Design Project on the production of 30,000 tonnes of coffee per annum, a Research Project on the varied properties of activated carbon and its reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and many, many, many hours spent in the labs. When I first got the news that I had been accepted onto the Colas Rail Project Management Graduate Scheme I was elated. All of that hard work had paid off and I had learnt and developed the required skills to get myself a job in an engineering workplace. I am now seventeen months into the scheme and I have participated in three rotations within the business. My first ten months were spent in Rugby with Colas Rail Services working alongside the Operations and Standards Team. I was able to gain an insight into the planning and organisation of our freight delivery timetable and our on track machines. During this time, I was even lucky enough to ride in the cab with the train driver and operator, on a variety of routes. I then rotated to Birmingham to work with the Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) of which Colas Rail is the principle contractor for the planning, delivery and construction of the tramway throughout Birmingham City Centre. As part of my time at the MMA, I participated in a secondment to Paris to work alongside Colas Rail France. This was a fabulous opportunity to both learn and share ideas of working with light rail in differing countries and facilitate improvements for both businesses. Two years ago when I had graduated from University, there is no way I would believe that I would have done all that I have with Colas Rail. They have given me so many opportunities to learn a variety of roles in a variety of businesses. I truly believe the graduate scheme offers you time to learn and discover what you wish to do with your career and ask all those silly questions to gain the knowledge to get you to where you want to be in five years’ time and I am very grateful for this.

Explore Rail Transport Careers: First Group

As a leading provider of transport services in the UK and North America, FirstGroup provides easy and convenient mobility, improving quality of life by connecting people and communities. Whether for business, education, health, social or recreation – we get people where they want to be, when they want to be there. We create solutions that reduce complexity, making travel smoother and life easier. Last year, around two billion customers relied on our team of 100,000 people to deliver safe and comfortable rail, bus and train services. To help meet tomorrow’s transport challenges, we offer talented graduates and undergraduates exciting opportunities within our business, operations or engineering functions. By diving into our fast-moving world, you’ll get to grips with real-life projects and develop your skills, all whilst gaining hands-on career experience. Best of all, you’ll get an amazing insight into our business whilst opening doors to all sorts of career opportunities. But don’t take our word for it…

“I got stuck in at the deep end right from the start. And I’m glad I did! This scheme has made me who I am today. It’s given me everything I need to build a challenging career!”

Sutopa, Engineering Contracts Manager

“The possibilities are endless here. And there’s no shortage of people willing to offer you words of wisdom and contribute to your learning and development.”

Nathan, Operations Management Graduate

Explore Rail Transport Careers: DB Cargo

DB Cargo UK is the UK’s largest rail freight company. We operate trains across the UK transporting everything from cereals to coal, barbecues to biomass, and petroleum to steel.

We provide freight, infrastructure and passenger charter trains throughout the UK, and freight services to and from mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel. We also provide traction and train crew for scheduled passenger operators.

Complete logistics and supply chain services

To offer customers a complete one-stop solution for rail freight transportation, we provide a full range of logistics, supply chain and associated services, including door-to-door deliveries, warehousing and terminal-management.

This means customers can choose a single supplier to transport freight from ports and terminals to destinations throughout the UK, on time and with minimal environmental impact.

The UK’s largest locomotive and wagon fleet

Such extensive resources give customers the capacity they need to move bulk products throughout the UK and into Europe quickly, efficiently and on time.

Explore Rail Transport Careers: Department for Transport

We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move

Description of organisation: Transport matters. It doesn’t just help people get around, it helps them get on. That’s what we believe here at the Department for Transport. Transport is fundamental to all of us. Every person in our country relies on transport. Without it we can’t get to our places of work, visit our friends and families, or put food on our table. Everyone needs a transport system that works, so we are:

Making journeys better: simpler, faster, and more reliable.

Ensuring that every part of Britain benefits from a growing economy and that everyone who works hard gets the opportunities they need to succeed; supporting jobs, skills and apprenticeships for people in every part of the UK.

Investing to bring our country together, including by building a Northern Powerhouse

Making transport safer and more sustainable

The investment we are making today will help prepare our country for tomorrow.

We will leave a lasting legacy for future generations. And we welcome you to join us.

Graduate vacancies: commercial; project management; policy; planning; economists; statisticians; communications; HR; corporate finance; digital; finance; internal audit; property

Graduate Profile

Emily Rainbow

Started September 2018 – Profession: Project Delivery

My name is Emily Rainbow and I am first year Civil Service Fast Streamer on placement in the Department for Transport. Prior to joining the Civil Service in 2018, I completed an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at University College London.

My current role is in the Rail Portfolio Office where I work on integrating and managing the whole rail portfolio (worth over £50bn) to help improve delivery of our projects.  Despite this being core to my work, I am fortunate to work in an environment which allows me to work on numerous other projects too, adding a huge amount of variety to my days; from helping plan the 100 years of DfT celebrations, working to improve capital project delivery with Network Rail and graduate recruitment.

The key thing to understand about a career in the Department for Transport, or indeed the wider Civil Service, is that there are so many opportunities to expand your horizons and gain new experiences. Whatever your job role might be, there is always room to get involved in areas of work that interest you and develop your skills. This emphasis on development, coupled with the challenge of working in Government and the responsibility that brings, makes work as a Civil Servant a completely unique experience. It cannot be underestimated how rewarding it is to go into work each day knowing that you are working to positively impact people’s everyday lives.

I can honestly say that working for the Department for Transport has been the best welcome to the Civil Service, both because of the huge amount of support I have received and the opportunities to develop it has given me. I will be very sad to leave at the end of my placement.

Explore Rail Transport Careers: Network Rail

Company Profile

We have £47bn earmarked to invest in landmark projects and initiatives between 2019 and 2024 as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. We’re hoping you’ll choose to join us and help turn our plans into reality; to create a world-class railway and really make a difference to rail travel in Britain.

We’re already making history through some of the largest engineering projects in Europe: Elizabeth Line (previously known as Crossrail), Birmingham New Street Station, London Bridge, HS2 and Thameslink. Our award-winning architectural developments are helping to regenerate towns, cities and businesses, whilst new train lines are connecting communities.

We’ll support you with extensive training and development, the opportunity to gain professional qualifications and expert guidance to help you reach your full potential in a rapidly growing industry. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art training and development facilities and be rewarded with a range of generous bonus and pension schemes to help you plan for the future. So whether your specialism is in operations, management, engineering, property or finance, choose Network Rail and play your part in the transformation of Britain’s railway.

Graduate Profile

Inge-Sarah Andersen

Job title: Graduate Electrical Engineer

I applied for the Network Rail Engineering Graduate Programme in the Autumn of 2016, and was offered a position after completing several assessments including a situational judgement test, psychometric test and an assessment centre. I chose Network Rail above other employers as I have a keen interest in control systems, which I knew could be applied to Network Rail programs such as ‘Digital Railway’ and ‘Intelligent Infrastructure’; I also felt that the graduate scheme offered many enticing benefits such as a generous leave package and season ticket discount.

As the scheme is split into four 6-month placements with scope to work in a variety of disciplines and on a wide selection of projects, there is no typical day for me. Recently, I have spent 6-months working in the maintenance department honing both my technical and managerial skills, while presently I am based in an asset management team which is affording me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of Signalling (my railway discipline) and the processes behind running an effective rail network. In addition to this, I have been involved in many extra-curricular projects such as: acting as project manager on a £250K programme to encourage young people from underrepresented geographical areas into engineering and higher education (HE); acting as a mentor for both the Social Mobility Foundation and the National College of High Speed Rail; organising a conference for the entire NR engineering graduate cohort; and working as a STEM ambassador among other things.

Through working for Network Rail, I have also been able to attend several interesting training courses including managerial courses on leadership skills and ‘lean’ methods of working, as well as industry recognised technical courses on Signalling design. This has been beneficial as the courses I have attended will contribute to my future chartership application, of which the company is very supportive. As the graduate scheme is accredited by several Engineering Council institutions, all graduates receive an abundance of support towards professional recognition in the form of mentors and training.

The highlight of the graduate scheme so far is the company culture – opportunities for both personal and professional improvement are present and we are encouraged to seize them! A good personal example is my appointment as a project manager on the ‘Fast Trackers’ scheme, which saw me oversee a programme of events encouraging underrepresented young people into HE and liaising with high profile industry contacts such as Clair Mowbray (CEO, National College of High Speed Rail), Roma Agrawal (The Shard, AECOM) and Jim O’Sullivan (CEO, Highways England). Within my role in the project, I was also responsible for liaising with the media and coordinating communications as well as volunteer procurement and management. The reception from the wider industry has been excellent, with receiving a personal thank you letter from Sir Peter Hendy CBE (NR Chair), seeing the project in print (Rail Staff Magazine) and being shortlisted for an award (Graduate Initiative of the Year, CN Talent Awards Nov 2018) as particular highlights within the project itself. In addition to this, I have become lifelong friends with the my project colleagues.

The most enjoyable parts of my job are the opportunities to meet new people and step out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. Although I haven’t met all 38,000 of my colleagues, all of the ones I have encountered so far are incredibly friendly and forthcoming, and I always leave a team feeling like I’ve added value.