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Creating smarter solutions matters 

If renewable energy and smarter environmental solutions matter to you. You matter to us. Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduate Scheme offers world-class training and access to some of the biggest engineering projects in Britain.

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It’s also aligned to UK-SPEC objectives and accredited by the IET. Through rotational placements you’ll gain a real insight into how we work. You’ll learn from industry experts, share your experiences with other graduates on the scheme, and develop sought-after skills that will set you up for life.  


  • Your starting salary is  £26,500 (including regional allowances where relevant) plus a £2,000 welcome bonus.
  • The scheme lasts for two years with a further two years monitored support.
  • There are opportunities available in: Basingstoke, Gateshead, Glasgow, Leeds, Peterborough, Doncaster and York.

Who you are matters

We look for logical thinkers. People who can find creative solutions to challenging problems. Resourceful and hardworking, you’ll be good at managing your time and be able to motivate yourself to get the job done. You’ll be a skilled communicator too. Happy engaging with people at all levels and building relationships with colleagues, suppliers, and customers alike. You'll also need a degree of flexibility and not mind occasionally travelling to attend training opportunities at various locations.

What you’ll be doing

Get ready for exciting challenges and diverse experiences from day one. Rotating through four placements, you’ll explore renewable energy technologies and smart substation solutions. You’ll help to make our electricity supplies greener and more resilient. You’ll work with cutting-edge technology and industry experts to develop your knowledge of electrification, signalling and telecommunications. And you’ll focus on the future, by finding innovative ways to solve industry issues such as improving safety and reducing journey times.

The scheme offers you the opportunity to choose a telecoms specific pathway if that’s what you’re interested in. Our national telecommunications capability keeps our network running safely, reliably, and efficiently. It’s also at the heart of our railway digitisation plans and responsible for:

  • Our next generation Internet Protocol (IP) telecoms network FTNx
  • The Global System for Mobile communications – Railway system (dedicated communications between drivers and signallers)
  • Level crossing telephones
  • CCTV cameras
  • Customer information screens

If you choose to take this route, you’ll receive management training and be mentored by experienced engineers who will support your personal and professional development.

What you’ll get out of it

The scheme is focused on giving you a solid platform of knowledge to build on.

In your first four weeks with us, we’ll help you to register with either the IET, IMechE or ICE. We’ll refund you the cost of this too. Then each placement and training opportunity that follows will be structured towards you becoming either a qualified Chartered Engineer (CENG) or Incorporated (IENG).

You’ll rotate through four modules of technical training. The first is a systems approach with an overview of engineering disciplines at Network Rail. The rest relate to the specific disciplines you select. If you choose the Telecoms pathway then you’ll also complete specific technical training modules to discover some of the technologies and concepts involved in this discipline.

You’ll take some leadership modules too. These will help develop your skills and support you to become one of our future leaders. And, you’ll have four workplace experiential learning placements.

Each year you’ll need to submit your quarterly and annual reports to the IET, IMechE and ICE Institutions. Do this successfully and you’ll qualify in IENG in 3 to 4 years and CENG IN 5 to 6 years.

Your benefits matter

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A £2,000 welcome bonus

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28 days annual leave plus bank holidays

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5 volunteer days to contribute to your favourite causes

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Access to our employee assistance program

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Up to 75% discount on rail and underground season tickets

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Discounted online shopping

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Healthcare club membership discount

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Childcare vouchers

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Access to a range of pension and insurance schemes

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Two weeks paid reserve leave for members of our Armed Forces community

The opportunities it leads to

If you choose to apply for the electrical systems engineering scheme, you’ll have the chance to work on a wide range of exciting projects. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise specifically in a system engineering career path and gain accreditation in this pathway accordingly.

If you choose to apply for the telecoms engineering scheme, you’ll discover first-hand how the oldest railway system in the world is bringing together legacy telecommunications systems and the latest cutting-edge developments in telecommunication technologies such as 5G.

Previous graduates have gone on to become assistant signalling designers, assistant design engineers or assistant project engineers. There are also plenty of opportunities for promotion to senior management positions across the organisation.

The entry requirements

You’ll need at least a 2:2 in an Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) accredited degree to apply to join our Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduate Scheme.

We matter to millions. You could too.

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Discover a different scheme

If the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduate Scheme isn’t quite what you’re looking for, why not take a look at some of the other graduate schemes we have. You’ll find them here.

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