About us

Routes into Rail is a sector initiative launched in 2020 to provide a single source of advice and information on the breadth and depth of careers offered in the rail industry.

Routes into Rail provides a single source of advice and information on careers offered in the rail industry. It aims to inspire and educate a new generation of talent – providing information to young people on the variety of entry pathways available and showcasing, through multimedia content, that rail has a job and a career for everyone.

Who we are

Routes into Rail was set up to be a collaborative venture for the benefit of the whole industry.

NSAR is the driving force behind Routes into Rail on behalf of the rail industry. NSAR’s role is to find new and exciting ways to engage with students and career changers and promote rail industry careers via the website, social media channels and various other platforms.

Routes into Rail is only possible due to financial support from industry partners – such as Network Rail, HS2, VolkerRail, Amey, the Rail Industry Association (RIA), Porterbrook and the Department for Business and Trade.

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Why is Routes into Rail important?

The rail industry is facing pressing skills shortages.

  • The demand for talent has increased, caused by significant government investment in rail projects.
  • The current supply of talent has decreased – caused by an ageing workforce and the number of apprentices being trained not keeping up with demand.
  • Nearly 50,000 rail industry employees are expected to retire by 2030.

This means attracting new people – of all ages – into the sector is vital. Routes into Rail aims to inspire new talent by providing information and advice on rail careers, opportunities, skill requirements and real-life examples of what it’s like to work in rail.

How to get involved

Businesses can get involved by contributing to the funding of Routes into Rail. In return, you will get various benefits – such as:

  • Promotion of your company through Routes into Rail channels.
  • Job vacancies featured on the website.
  • Apprenticeship and graduate schemes featured on the website.
  • Opportunities to submit content, such as case studies, company news and press releases, apprenticeship programmes etc, for promotion across the website and Routes into Rail social media channels.
  • Opportunities to be actively involved in the development and direction of the website through Board membership.
  • Access to an ambassador scheme so your employees can represent Routes into Rail at local events.

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