Network Rail
graduate scheme

Civil Engineering Scheme

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

In four rotational placements, you’ll gain vast experience of the railway through one of the largest asset bases in Britain. You’ll make a key contribution to some of our major engineering projects, such as the Great Western Programme, the Northern Powerhouse or the Digital Railway. You might get experience of maintaining a variety of bridges and structures, or be responsible for specifying innovative building materials and techniques to improve reliability and sustainability. You could deliver management solutions for complicated inner-city assets, or establish inspection and maintenance requirements for embankments and cuttings running through the countryside.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Significant evidence towards incorporated (IEng) or chartered (CEng) engineer status, accredited by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Previous graduates have gone on to roles such as assistant project engineer, asset protection engineer or assistant design engineer. There are also plenty of opportunities for promotion to senior management positions across the organisation.

Training and development opportunities on scheme:

  • Each placement and training opportunity provides the opportunity to discharge objectives towards either IENG or CENG.
  • The focus of the scheme is to provide a platform of knowledge to build upon in future positions to enable efficient application at either Chartered Engineer (CENG) or Incorporated (IENG).

Training and development opportunities:

  • We will run 4 modules of technical training, the first is a systems approach with an overview of engineering disciplines at Network Rail, the remainder are discipline specific dependant on the discipline you select.
  • You will also receive a number of leadership modules developing the softer skills required to start to establish a successful leadership brand.
  • 4 workplace experiential learning placements. The main objective of this combination is to develop professionally registered engineers at IENG and CENG.
  • In the first 4 weeks of your employment we will help you to register with either the IET, IMechE or ICE, the cost of this can be reclaimed via the Network Rail expenses policy.
  • One of your core objectives each year will be submitting your quarterly reports to the Institutions (IET, IMechE and ICE) in a timely manner, this will be monitored on an individual basis. Successful submission of quarterly and annual reports will usually lead to IENG in 3 to 4 years and CENG IN 5-6 years.

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Previous graduates have gone on to achieve internal promotion and become assistant project engineers, assistant design engineers, assistant asset engineers or rail fleet support engineers. There are also plenty of opportunities for promotion to senior management positions across the organisation.

Why you should choose this scheme

The scheme is aligned to UK-SPEC objectives and is accredited by the ICE. You’ll have access to world-class training and the opportunity to be involved in some of the biggest engineering projects in Britain.

How long is the scheme?

Two years on the programme itself with a further two years of monitored support.

What we are looking for

  • You’re a logical thinker who’s adept at finding creative solutions to challenging problems.
  • Resourceful and hardworking, you’re comfortable managing your own time to ensure you get the job done.
  • Using your strong interpersonal skills, you’re able to build relationships with colleagues, suppliers and customers.
  • You're flexible and don’t mind travelling to attend training opportunities at various locations to develop your personal skill set.


Minimum of a 2:2 in an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) accredited degree.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Greater Manchester
Milton Keynes
Competitive salary

How to apply

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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