Future Leader Programme
graduate scheme

Future Leader Programme

Colas Rail
Competitive salary
Birmingham · Brentwoodand 8 others

Job description

The Colas Rail Future Leaders Graduate Programme is a two-year programme, starting every September, which rotates between our different divisions; Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services and Rail Urban. In these divisions, you will be working under our senior managers as a graduate trainee to complete various projects, from relaying track in the South East, working on a multi-disciplinary project such as the high profile Wessex project, or supporting delivery in our Freight or Plant team, and anything in-between.

Working on the Future Leaders Programme requires a large amount of flexibility and a great team spirit. You will be put in a position of responsibility, where you will have the independence to make your own decisions, in a fast-paced operational environment, as well as working with a variety of colleagues at all levels across the business. You will also be involved in the both the technical aspects of the railway sector and the day-to-day operations of a major company. There will be a great variety in your activities, from technical work to client engagement, combined with a large amount of on-site work.

The programme starts with an induction period of one-two weeks in our Head Office in London, after which you will be sent to your first location. You will be expected to complete three different rotations around the UK, and therefore will need to move every six-12 months to a different part of the UK. The aim of the programme is to produce high quality leaders, who will be the operational managers of the future.

Company information

Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, we are award-winning specialists having designed and constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.

Colas Rail ltd is part of the Colas Group and a subsidiary of Bouygues, this heritage gives the company a solid foundation based on a very high level of expertise in rail operations, logistics and technology.

We work on some of the continent’s most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major enhancement and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail. We are currently working on some incredibly exciting projects, including our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo, the busiest station in Europe, over the next three years. We are also delivering major schemes overseas for example in Morocco and Asia and throughout Europe.

Joining Colas Rail is a real opportunity to establish yourself within one of the UK’s most heavily invested sectors, with a company that is going places.

Over 90% of our graduates have remained with the company after finishing the graduate programme and have accepted offers in Operations/Project Management, Engineering and the Commercial side of the business.

At Colas Rail ltd we look outwards to our customers seeing things from their point of view. We respect their views, respond to their suggestions and are proactive in anticipating their needs. We are also committed to delivering on our promise, to our employees, the people we work with, our customers and our stakeholders.

To find out more about us, please visit our website, or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube: Colas Rail UK.

Person requirements

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who can work both independently and in a team. For all our Graduate Programmes we are looking for at least a 2:1 from a reputable University, and the ability to stand out, by internships, university successes or extracurricular activities. We are also looking for graduates who have behaviors that tie in with our behavioural framework which is our approach to how we deliver the work at Colas Rail: energy, energise, edge, execute, and engage.

Qualifications and experience requirements

In the Future Leaders Programme, we are expecting a certain amount of flexibility, as the rotation process requires you to move around the UK. Examples of degrees of graduates in our Future Leaders Programme include: All forms of engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical and others), business management, mathematics, geography, quantity suverying etc. Moreover, we are happy to receive applications from graduates in all kinds of disciplines.

Accepted degree subjects



Competitive salary

Healthshield cash health care scheme, Aegon pension, season ticket Loan, Cycle to Work Scheme


Birmingham · Brentwood · Bristol · Cardiff · Dartford · London · Manchester · Rugby · Tonbridge · York

How to apply

The selection process goes through several stages. Once you have submitted your application we ask you to undertake various psychometric tests. Following this we request a pre-selection video interview. Following this, if successful, you will be invited to an assessment day.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 30/06/2018

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