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Routes into Rail Work Experience

Routes into Rail Work Experience

Want to try out a rail career before you decide, or gain some work experience for your CV? Rail offers lot of opportunities to get a taste of what it is like to work in the industry, including a free virtual work experience programme you can do in your own time.

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This is Routes into Rail

This is Routes into Rail

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.

An industry full of opportunity!

An industry full of opportunity!

The rail industry is facing pressing skills shortages. Demand has increased, caused by significant government investment in rail projects.

Find your Route into Rail!

Find your route into rail!

Thousands of skilled professionals make those journeys possible: coordinating, advocating, building, problem-solving and innovating.

Where do you start your career?

Where do you start your career?

Join an industry that offers varied and exciting careers. Whether it’s building state-of-the-art stations, designing more energy-efficient trains, or finding innovative ways to keep people safe, there’s a route into rail for everyone.

Do an apprenticeship in rail!

Do an apprenticeship in rail

One of the best ways to enter the rail sector is through an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to earn while you learn and gain a recognised qualification on completion.

What do you do once you graduate?

What do you do once you graduate?

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

Looking for a career switch-up?

Career Switchers

Looking for a career switch-up? Rail has career options for people of all ages and with many different types of experience.

David Rowlands

David Rowlands – Health and Safety Advisor

Get a better idea of the training that David had to do to take on his role in rail and what has been the most exciting piece of work for him so far.

Emily Sandbach

Emily Sandback – Assistant Project Manager

Find out the most surprising parts of Emily’s training and what she enjoys about her role.

Danny Hawkins

Danny Hawkins – Facilities Delivery Manager

Danny shares just what his role involves working in the rail industry.

Chris Beales

Chris Beales – Principal Reliability Engineer

Engineers come in different forms. Chris Beales works as a Principal Reliability Engineer at Porterbrook and tells us what a day in his life looks like.

Robert Earles

Robert Earles – Graduate Civil Engineer

Learn what working as a graduate civil engineer means for Robert Earles. Describing his key responsibilities and how he learns on the job to combat challenges.

Kashif Khan

Kashif Khan – Operational Planning Manager

Kashif tells us what his role as a manager involves while working at Volker Rail.

Alice Brophy

Alice Brophy – Corporate Communications Coordinator

Alice Brophy tells us what work she takes on both internally and externally with the business.

Christian Richardson

Christian Richardson – Signalling Desinger

Learn about how Christian Richardson works with his disability in his job in rail.

Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith – Engineer Graduate

An engineering graduate trainee shares what a day in the life looks like in Porterbrook.

Katie Frost Final

Katie Frost – Managing Director

Katie Frost shares what a day in the life of Managing Director at Network Rail High Speed. Managing over 500 people throughout the entire business. A great example of showing how varied a job in rail could be.

Anthony Chow

Anthony Chow – Graduate Engineer

Anthony Chow, a graduate engineer, gives us a great insight to his role within the engineering team and what he enjoys most about his job.

Anna Gray

Anna Gray – Fleet Support Engineer

Anna Gray, a fleet support engineer describes what their key responsibilities are at Porterbrook. She also talks about her typical day and valuable insight to the diversity in job roles in the rail industry.