Your questions answered on graduate recruitment at Network Rail

The requirements

Civil engineeringAt least a 2:2 ICE (the Institution of Civil Engineers) accredited degree
Electrical and electronic engineeringAt least a 2:2 IET (the Institution of Engineering and Technology) accredited degree
Mechanical engineeringAt least a 2:2 IMechE (the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) accredited degree
PropertyAt least a 2:2 RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) accredited degree
FinanceAt least a 2:2 degree
Quantity surveyor2:2 Degree in Quantity Surveying from an RICS accredited course.
IT & business servicesAt least a 2:2 degree
Project managementAt least a 2:2 degree
General managementAt least a 2:2 degree
Human resourcesAt least a 2:2 degree
Quality, health safety & environmentAt least a 2:2 degree in either health and safety or an environment/sustainability related discipline
Contract & procurement2:2 in any degree subject

We’re looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and proactive people with a passion for shaping a positive future. Seeking a rewarding career, you’ll relish the chance to make a difference for Britain’s rail infrastructure, transport and economic success. You’ll also thrive on the challenge of leading others to improve the status quo. Along the way, you’re keen to explore a diverse and boundless world.

If you’re a graduate, you’re welcome to apply, whatever your age. Please note, however, that our scheme is designed for graduates with little or no work experience.

We are committed to inclusion and welcome applications from disabled people. Some jobs have certain physical requirements, for example to go trackside unaided or to distinguish between colour coded wiring/computer generated images. As part of the recruitment process, successful candidates applying for roles with these types of requirements will need to undergo a medical assessment in order to determine whether they will be able to carry out these elements of the role safely.

Where issues are identified, we are committed to making adjustments to the work environment to help overcome barriers whenever it is reasonable and practicable to do so.

Network Rail has a Tier 2 Sponsor license so can potentially issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for skilled workers at Graduate level. Please note however, that UK Visas and Immigration requires Network Rail to demonstrate that no resident workers meet the requirements of most graduate roles before an applicant may be sponsored. We make this assessment in line with the requirements published by UK Visas and Immigration. The majority of our schemes usually attract a sufficient number of suitable resident workers, with the exception being for electrical/electronic engineering.

For further information on applying for leave to enter or remain in the UK in any immigration category you can either visit the UKVI website or seek independent legal advice. ILPA (The Immigration Law Practitioners Association) has a list of lawyers in the UK. Please note Network Rail does not cover the cost of visa applications. Read about UK visas and immigration on

The role

We expect to recruit around 181 graduates and 73 placements.

We're recruiting graduates across:

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • System Engineering
  • Project Management
  • General Management
  • IT & Business Services
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Finance
  • Property
  • Human Resources
  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Contracts and Procurement

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Your starting salary will be £26,500.

You'll also enjoy:

  • A welcome bonus of £2,000
  • 28 days' annual holiday, excluding public holidays
  • An interest-free season ticket loan
  • 75% discount on season tickets up to a maximum of £3,000

You'll need to be available to join us at the beginning of September 2019 to take part in our common induction.

We don't have a formal way for you to defer employment with us, because we can't guarantee graduate opportunities from year to year. However, we will review requests on a case by case basis.

Depending on your scheme, you can specify your preferred place of work for your first placement when you apply, but we can't guarantee you'll be based there. Our training schemes require flexibility as we hold courses nationwide and our placements aren't always local to our main offices.

When you join us you'll receive a £2,000 welcome bonus, which you can use to help you relocate if necessary. We do not offer any extra relocation expenses.

It varies from scheme to scheme. Please read the What's in it for you page for further details.

If you applied to last year's programme or before, you're welcome to re-apply. This year, you've only got one shot to do your best – and you can only apply to one scheme. If you've already applied this year and been unsuccessful, unfortunately, you won’t be able to apply again until next year.

It depends on your scheme and placement. For example, stations have to be staffed 24 hours a day and some maintenance can only be done at night.

Yes. We have vacancies for both – and welcome your application if you have degrees in either subject.

As long as your degree is accredited by the IET (the Institution of Engineering and Technology), ICE (the Institution of Civil Engineers) or IMechE (the Institution of Mechanical Engineering), then you are welcome to apply.

Most track work is done by our Network Operations team. If we have vacancies, you'll find them on the careers page.

The process

If you are successful at online application and situational judgement test stage, you will then be invited to play our psychometric game.
Pass this and you’ll be invited to complete a short video interview.
Next is the assessment centre, which will include an interview.
Our graduate programme starts in early September 2019.

We will be closing applications for our 2019 graduate and placement schemes as soon as we receive enough applications.

You’ll receive an auto-response as soon as you’ve submitted your application. We’ll then send you an email to confirm we’ve received your application. If we wish to progress you to the next stage, we’ll be in touch soon after this.


You can ask us any questions your like through our dedicated Facebook page or follow on Twitter @networkrailJOBS

No, we don’t. We operate Britain’s rail infrastructure. Train operating companies run the trains, employing drivers and train fleet staff.

Of course, we have many different points of entry available – please view our current vacancies.