If you’d like to find out what it’s like to work for us before you graduate then our summer or year in industry placements are an ideal starting point

Our placements are not for the faint-hearted. You’ll experience the scope, scale and variety of our work, with several challenges and projects packed into a short-term period. If you do well on your placement you could even walk away with an offer to come back and join us on one of our graduate schemes once you’ve finished university.

Eligibility criteria

Year in industry placement schemes: Designed for students who are still currently studying towards their degree and need to spend a year in industry as part of their course.
Summer placements schemes: Designed for students who may not have this option, but would still like to experience a career at Network Rail.

Please note: Candidates who have already graduated or are due to graduate before the start of the scheme are not eligible for these schemes and should consider applying for one of our graduate schemes instead.

Tier 4 visa

Candidates studying on a Tier 4 visa will need to provide a letter from their education sponsor (university) addressed to Network Rail to confirm that the year in industry placement forms an integral and assessed part of their course and will not breach their Tier 4 work placement restrictions. The letter should also include the terms and conditions of the work placement, including the work that the candidate will be expected to carry out for its duration and how they will be assessed. Candidates should ensure they speak with their education sponsor to determine whether they can obtain this letter from them before starting their application for any of the year in industry placement schemes.

Having attained a 2:2 or above at the end of their first year, candidates should be on course for at least a 2:2 overall.

 Summer placements

This placement offers you the chance to explore a variety of different analysis based projects.

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You’ll be involved with a wide range of communications activity including liaison with colleagues, writing press releases or internal communications, working with stakeholders on briefings regarding projects.

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Your responsibilities might range from using NASA grade technology to help us capture and record information, to upgrading signals, carrying out on-site inspections or even working on Britain’s first battery-operated train.

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You’ll be helping to reduce the environmental impact of Network Rail’s work through implementing responsible business practices.

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You’ll be responsible for financial reporting and analysis work to support key decisions made within our organisation.

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You’ll be based in our route businesses function and learn about the four main areas of a working railway: the customer; operations; business services and the wider industry.

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The programme is designed to support you in your journey to become a HR professional . You’ll have the opportunity to work with senior HR managers on projects such as diversity and inclusion and our integrated mediation scheme.

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You could be contributing to high-profile projects through preparing presentations, reports, or managing key contracts. You’ll also gain a basic level of knowledge in engineering.

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You could be implementing cutting-edge, innovative technologies and applications such as digital railway traffic management and accident prevention.

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Throughout your placements you’ll develop your skills by supporting the commercial management of contracts, building supplier relationships and delivering the physical supply chain that underpins our infrastructure projects.

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 Summer placements

You might get to experience maintaining a variety of bridges and structures, or be responsible for specifying innovative building materials and techniques to improve reliability and sustainability.

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You’ll work with cutting-edge technology and industry experts to develop your knowledge of electrification, signalling and telecommunications.

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Working alongside some of the most respected finance professionals in the industry, you’ll experience a variety of financial disciplines including reporting and analysis, periodic accounting and planning.

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Your responsibilities will include leading on recruitment campaigns, improving safety by ensuring compliance with our rules and employee framework, and contributing to continuous improvement initiatives within human resources and across the wider business.

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Faced with a variety of unique and exciting mechanical engineering challenges, you’ll develop skills in a range of specialisms – from power distribution, plant, traction and rolling stock to asset management and infrastructure engineering.

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Have you got what it takes?

We’re looking for people who have plenty of drive, who are comfortable with change and who enjoy having autonomy. If that sounds like you, you’ll be able to shape your own career just as much as you’ll be able to shape our future.

What immediately struck me upon joining Network Rail was the sheer breadth of activities it undertakes on a daily basis. In very few businesses are there so many opportunities available to you so early on in your career.

Rory Jee, general management scheme