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

Key Themes – Policy, planning, technology, innovation, services, finance and bespoke engineering.

Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, The Old Kitchens Queens’ College

Free Drinks Reception

Meet a diverse range of rail transport companies from central government to international corporations and see the challenging job/internship opportunities that are available to you!

The drinks reception seeks to promote rail transport as a great place to work in an innovative, inspirational and illustrious employment sector. Rail transport encompasses not only engineering, but: operations, strategic planning, marketing and human relations, maintenance, consultancy, franchising, assets management, business management, leadership, technological innovation, bespoke solutions, IT/software and regulation. With a popular interest in rail transport, a career in the dynamic industry can be highly rewarding and enjoyable.

Come and meet various companies who are offering engaging and challenging careers to graduates. The employers offer bespoke career paths over a diverse range of skills and attributes.

The sector is keen to recruit graduates who shall form the next generation of talented innovators in a rapidly growing and dynamic sector.

Women in Rail are attending who promote diversity in rail through provide networking and support to women to position rail as an attractive career choice for young people.

Check out this video to explore rail transport careers further.

A message from a current CURC member and their experiences of an internship at Greater Anglia:

My name is William (I’m currently a second year engineer at Corpus) and I spent six weeks working at Greater Anglia over the summer vacation 2018.  Most of the time was spent at Ilford Depot in East London and it enabled me to make contacts and assess whether I would want to work further in an industry that continues to grow and develop.  There was a wide range of roles that I experienced including reliability engineering, management, stores, assets and even a day spent alongside technicians on a 317 unit! The entire process gave me an improved awareness of the intricacies of train operations and the ability to see the diversity of roles that the rail industry requires.

Profiles on the Participants

HM Department for Transport

Employer and Graduate Profile
Website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for transport/about/recruitment

Network Rail

Company and Graduate Profile
Website for further information: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/

High Speed Two Limited

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Graduate profile – TBC
Website for further information: https://www.hs2.org.uk/careers/

Office for Rail & Road

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Graduate profile – TBC
Website for further information: http://orr.gov.uk/careers

Hitachi Europe

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Graduate profile – TBC
Website for further information: http://www.hitachirail-eu.com/graduates

Colas Rail

Company and Graduate Profile
Website for further information: https://www.colasrail.co.uk/careers/

First Group

Company and Graduate Profile
Website for further information: https://uk.firstgroupcareers.com

Arriva Group

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Graduate profile – TBC
Website for further information: https://www.arriva.co.uk/talented-people

Deutsche Bahn (DB Cargo)

Company Profile
Website for further information: https://uk.dbcargo.com/rail-uk-en/ourcompany/careers


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Graduate profile – TBC
Website for further information: https://www.freightliner.co.uk/group/careers/

No need to book for this event, yet we welcome ‘expressions of interest’ purely to gauge catering numbers. Sign up here.

About the CURC:

Founded in 1911 from the Cambridge University branch of The Railway Club, Cambridge University Railway Club (CURC) is the second oldest railway enthusiast club in the world! The CURC arranges an event in Cambridge most weeks during Full Term, most often a presentation by an invited speaker, almost always a key professional from the rail industry, on a specific subject. The club is not just train talk, but about how the railway works. We have a celebrated history of CURC alumni who now work in the railway industry, with some at quite senior levels.

Career Related Events this term:

  • LNER with MD David Horne (BR Degree Graduate): Tuesday 5thFebruary, Robinson College.
  • Network Rail with Chairman Sir Peter Hendy: Wednesday 13thFebruary, Queens’ College.
  • Arriva Cross Country with MD Andy Cooper (Cambridge Graduate): Wednesday 27thFebruary, Queens’ College.
  • Hitachi Rail Europe with Paul Cooper (Oxbridge Graduate): TBC
  • First Open Access Rail with Louise Cheeseman (BR Graduate): TBC

Email railway@cusu.cam.ac.uk for further information.