Our Quality, Health, Safety and Environment scheme for graduates

Who you are?

You’re conscientious, highly motivated and customer-focused. With strong communication skills, you can adapt your approach to deal with different audiences in a polite and diligent manner. You can talk confidently while using your listening skills to maximise the support of your colleagues. A collaborative approach is essential. You have a sound understanding of current health, safety and environmental legislation and an ability to define practical implementation arrangements.

How long is the scheme?

One year

Where you’ll be based?

 Milton Keynes, Bristol, Kent and London.

What you’ll be doing?

Our Quality, Health, Safety and Environment scheme is based in Milton Keynes, which rotates around 4 placements in the QHSE team, that's part of the wider Safety, Technical and Engineering (STE) directorate.

  • Q – Quality and assurance – ensuring Network rail meets internal and external standards to offer the best and safest service possible.
  • H – Health and wellbeing – protecting and improving the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees.
  • S – Safety – helping to keep both Passengers the Public and our Workforce safe.
  • E – Environment and Sustainable Development – working to help to minimise the negative effects the railway has on the planet along with increasing the sustainability of the industry for the future.

As part of the rotations for 2019 / 2020 time was spent in the Southern Region working on specific Route/Quality Improvement projects and it is envisaged that this becomes part of the QHSE scheme moving forward.

You could be developing improved level crossing management arrangements, identifying new solutions to workforce safety risks, or helping the business to understand legal requirements and compliance.

You’re likely to be involved in analysing data, prioritising risks, finding creative solutions and working collaboratively with managers, employees and trades unions. You’ll spend time working in the Environmental and Sustainable Development team and supporting Network Rail to ensure it takes care of the environment and fulfils its social responsibilities.

You’ll also take part in site visits to observe, monitor and evaluate safety, using the knowledge gained to influence behaviours and practices. You’ll be working to be the technical authority on your subject, sharing your expertise to support your business unit. There will be the opportunity to gain relevant experience by working with departments which span across the wider industry such as the ORR (Office of Rail and Road), DFT (Department for Transport) and RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Bureau).

You may choose to support career fairs, go aboard the New Measurement Trains, take part in a High-Output night shift, see our managed stations from the inside, visit a signal box, have a train cab experience or take time to understand capacity planning/timetabling.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 degree in preferably either a health and safety or an environment/sustainability related discipline.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

  • Graduate membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (CMIOSH), leading to Chartered status once qualified Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA)
  • NEBOSH – potential to gain a significant safety qualification and accreditation.

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Previous graduates have gone on to attain roles such as Project Managers, Workforce Safety Specialists and Seasons Delivery Specialists.  The career path can be varied as many roles in Network Rail, based centrally at Milton Keynes or in any of the national regions, value QHSE experience.

Why you should choose this scheme

It’s an excellent opportunity to apply your knowledge in a safety and sustainable-critical, multifaceted working environment, gaining invaluable experience while working under the guidance of the organisation’s Health, Safety and Environment experts. You could help us make tangible improvements to our HSE performance, which could really make a difference to our company performance and objective to Put Passengers First.

Ready to make an epic career choice?

Applications for the 2020 scheme are now closed, but you can register for our 2021 graduate scheme below.