If you have a degree, there are many different graduate schemes you can apply for within the rail industry.

As well as graduate schemes, there are lots of individual roles available in rail for those who have recently finished university. Rail can offer well-paid roles in a range of areas to recent graduates – engineering, accounting and finance, HR, IT and sustainability, among others.

What is a graduate scheme?

A graduate scheme is a training programme for those who have recently finished their degree. You will be mentored by experts at your organisation and gain hands-on experience, often across multiple areas.

Graduate schemes are tailored to recent graduates – that means they are set up to help you transition into the workplace and learn the skills you need for your future career. You will be paid a salary and receive employee benefits.


What's it like to be a graduate in rail?

Graduate schemes in rail

Below you will find information on the various graduate schemes available across the rail sector.

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On behalf of the Engineering Council, the Rail Delivery Group manage the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme (REGS) for engineering undergraduates and graduates seeking a career in mechanical or electrical engineering with UK passenger and freight train operators.


Network Rail is the biggest rail employer in the UK and offer a wide variety of graduate schemes. Register your interest now to stay up-to-date.

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Multiple graduate schemes with Amey open from Level 2 to Level 6 apprenticeships.

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HS2's two year graduate programme offers individuals an exciting opportunity to work on Europe’s largest infrastructure project. You’ll be working alongside industry leading experts across various placements and gaining valuable transferable skills that can be used around the globe.


Future leaders and innovators get off to a flying start with VolkerWessels UK’s graduate and placement opportunities. Their graduate programmes are a three-year experience designed to maximise the skills and abilities graduates need to excel in their chosen field.

You can also apply to these graduate schemes

Other graduate schemes in rail

Colas Rail – Graduate Schemes

Two year national and international programme with divisional rotations across the UK in Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services or Rail Urban. There is an opportunity for high achievers in the second year to work in Asia between locations in Malaysia and Vietnam.

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Two year programme with a distinct focus on the Commercial side of the business. Here you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills by working towards becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

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As part of the Technical Graduate Programme you will work in a technical and operational role with a distinct focus on the engineering side of our business, working closely with our experienced engineers and senior management on improving the UK rail system in divisions such as Rail Services, Rail Infrastructure or Rail Urban.

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ScotRail – Graduate Schemes

The ScotRail Graduate Scheme is a two year functional programme. During your time on the scheme you are given the opportunity to rotate around at least three different areas of the business, working on projects, gaining new skills and getting to know how the business works.

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