Who you are

You have excellent communication skills with a particular strength in writing. With strong interpersonal skills and a friendly approach, you’re polite and deal with others in a tactful manner. Your enthusiasm for work is infectious and really motivates colleagues to get the job done. You have good planning and organisational skills and enjoy solving problems.

Where you’ll be based

Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Bristol, York and Derby

What you’ll be doing

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. You’ll experience key customer and supplier relationships with train and freight operating companies, understand the complexities of the railway, and find out exactly what it takes to get passengers to their destination safely and on time.

Your placement will involve working closely with the experts that help us deliver a reliable train service and give you an insight into the diverse challenges we face. You may also be involved in progressing business development opportunities to support future business growth.

Why you should choose this placement

You’ll gain valuable operational and commercial skills while working under the guidance of experts. It’s a great opportunity to try your hand at different activities in a safe and secure way. Many students successfully go on to gain a place on one of our graduate schemes.

Entry requirements

You must be in your penultimate year and be on course to achieve at least a 2:2 in any degree discipline.

How would you describe the breadth of Network Rail's work and the breadth of our opportunities for placement students? 

Many see Network Rail as just trains and track, but it is so much more extensive than that. Network Rail covers so many disciplines, such as engineering, project delivery and maintenance as well as the less well known areas such as retail, property and commercial, things which many people wouldn’t instantly relate to the company. This makes it perfect for a placement. Working for the company has allowed me to get a much better understanding of the industry and what it has to offer for furthering my career.

How varied have you found your role at Network Rail?

During my time with Network Rail I have worked on a portfolio of around 10 projects, each with their own challenges. Having worked on such a wide range of projects I have been able to get out and about around the country to visit sites and attend various meetings. This has meant that each week has been different; whether it’s going on training courses, site visits, going to investment panels or volunteer days, there is always something to get involved in.

What's the most exciting work you've done here?

In my final four months on placement I was given the opportunity work in the Entry into Service team on the Birmingham Gateway project, a £750m redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station, which gave me the opportunity to work with various different contractors and stakeholders. Being part of the team that opened such a large, complex project was the most demanding development I was part of on my placement, with tough timescales and a multitude of challenges, but it was the most rewarding project I worked on.

What's been the best thing for you?

The best thing about working for Network Rail is how much fun I have had with the team I’ve worked in and with the other placement students, whether it has been at team building days or just in the office there is always a good atmosphere among everyone.

Why Network Rail?

The opportunities with Network Rail are endless due to the size and growth of the industry. The company is extremely supportive with whichever direction you want your time at Network Rail to take.

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