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  • Careers FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about careers at Network Rail

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    General

    How do I unsubscribe from email alerts?
    I applied for a job, can you update me on the progress of my application?
    How do I apply for a job at Network Rail?
    Can I send my CV so that you can consider me for future job vacancies?
    Where are your jobs based? Would I be expected to move?
    Would you consider someone who requires a work permit?
    Do I need a Personal Track Safety (PTS) certificate?
    Do I get travel as part of my package?
    Do you comply with the Agency Worker Regulations 2011?
     

    Specific jobs

    Engineer
    Signaller
    Maintenance
    Welder
    Security guard
    Train driver
    Brick layer / electrician / carpenter
    Apprenticeship scheme
    Graduate scheme
    Summer placements 
     

    Training and development

    Does Network Rail provide training and development?
    I have applied for Railway Engineering at Sheffield Hallam. Can you update me on the progress of my application?
    Will Network Rail sponsor me on my training course/degree?
    Does Network Rail run any training courses that members of the public can attend?  
     

     

    How do I unsubscribe from job alert emails?

    To unsubscribe:

    • Sign in to your candidate account
    • Select My Account (under Quick Links)
    • Select Preferences 
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    I applied for a job, can you update me on the progress of my application?

    When we have news, we will contact you to let you know about the status of your application. If you are selected for interview, we will arrange a time and place to meet. If you are not selected for interview, we will send you a letter telling you this. If the job is put on hold or is withdrawn, we will write to you to explain the change in circumstances.

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    How do I apply for a job at Network Rail?

    Please apply for the role you are interested via the job vacancies section of this website. Depending on the job, you will be asked to either complete an application or submit a CV. The directions on how to apply for a specific position will be included in the job advertisement.

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    Can I send my CV so that you can consider me for future job vacancies?

    No, we do not accept speculative job applications.

    All jobs open to members of the general public can be found on in the job vacancies on our web site. You have to apply for a specific role in a specific location in order to be considered for the job.

    If you want to receive information about new vacancies as they become available, register with our job alerts service. You will receive regular emails listing all vacancies that meet your requirements.

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    Where are your jobs based? Would I be expected to move?

    We have vacancies nationwide. We do try to give people their first choice of location when we offer them a job but cannot guarantee to do so.

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    Would you consider someone who requires a work permit?

    We are an A-rated sponsor under Tier 2 of the UK Immigration Points Based System (PBS). If you require a visa to work in the UK, or would like further information on the PBS, go to the UK Border Agency’s website. Please be aware that we will not provide financial support for any visa application.

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    Do I need a Personal Track Safety (PTS) certificate?

    No. We provide our employees with the training that they need to do their jobs.

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    Do I get travel as part of my package?

    Our employees receive a 75% discount on season tickets, up to a maximum of £2,250, and an interest-free loan up to £5,000 to buy the ticket.

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    Do you comply with the Agency Worker Regulations 2011?

    Yes, we comply with the Agency Worker Regulations that were effective from the 1 October 2011.

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    Engineer

    We are one of the biggest employers of engineers in the country and we invest heavily in the training and development of our engineers.

    To find out about engineering jobs with us, please look at the engineering jobs in our job vacancies or sign up for a job alert.

    We also run a number of schemes for engineers:

    • Engineering Conversion Programme – for experienced engineers outside the railway industry who want to convert to railway engineering
    • Graduate scheme – for engineering graduates who have a minimum of a 2:2 and finished their degree (we also run graduate schemes for commercial property, finance and other graduates)
    • Railway Engineering (full time) – for people who have some technical qualifications and want a career in the railway
    • Railway Engineering (part time) – for current railway employees who want to develop their career in railway engineering
    • Advanced Apprenticeship Programme – for men and women age 17 and over with four GSCEs or equivalent who want to become Maintenance Engineering Technician

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    Signaller

    Please have a look at the signalling jobs in our job vacancies or sign up for a job alert.

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    Maintenance

    Please have a look at the maintenance jobs in our job vacancies or sign up for a job alert.

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    Welder

    We recruit track welders to carry out welding maintenance and repairs of crossing switches and rails. Please have a look at the maintenance jobs in our job vacancies or sign up for a job alert.

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    Security guard

    We do employ security guards in the 19 train stations that we manage. Any vacancies for security guards at our stations will be advertised in our job vacancies. Alternatively you can sign up for a job alert.

    Our head office is a managed building and the building staff are not employed by us.

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    Train driver

    Network Rail does not run any trains. We own, operate and maintain the rail infrastructure – the tracks, signalling system, rail bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 19 major train stations.

    The trains are run by the train operating companies and you will need to contact them to find out how to become a train driver.

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    Brick layer / electrician / carpenter

    We do not employ these types of tradesmen directly, rather that work is contracted out to other companies. However, we do have roles which may be of interest to you within our Maintenance division. Please have a look at the maintenance jobs in our job vacancies or sign up for a job alert.

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    Apprenticeship scheme

    Yes. Our Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme is for men and women aged 17 and over with four GCSEs or equivalent who want to become maintenance engineering technicians.

    For more information, including details about how to apply, please have a look at our Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme page.

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    Graduate scheme

    Yes. Every year, we recruit 80 recent graduates who have a minimum of a 2:2 degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, commercial property, finance and other subjects.

    For more information, including details about how to apply, please have a look at our Graduate Scheme page.

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    Summer placement scheme

    We do not offer summer placements. We do offer Engineering and IT industrial placements. You can find further information on our Industrial placement scheme page.

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    Does Network Rail provide training and development?

    Yes. We provide our employees with the training and development that they need to do their job.

    For more information, please have a look at the training and development part of this website.

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    I have applied for Railway Engineering at Sheffield Hallam. Can you update me on the progress of my application?

    Applications for the Railway Engineering courses are made through UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Services which is the central organisation that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges).

    To check the progress of your application, please telephone UCAS on 0114 225 5555.

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    Will Network Rail sponsor me on my training course/degree?

    In general, we only sponsor our employees for training courses which relate directly to the role which they do.

    However, we do run four schemes for engineers and managers – please take a look at the Our schemes page for more information.

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    Does Network Rail run any training courses that members of the public can attend?

    We do not operate training centres for people who are not currently employed by us.

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