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

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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Website for further information: https://www.hs2.org.uk/careers/

Office for Rail & Road

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Website for further information: http://orr.gov.uk/careers

Hitachi Europe

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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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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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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.