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IT and Business Services

Our IT and Business Services scheme for graduates

Who you are

You’re passionate about IT. You have strong attention to detail and enjoy getting into the nitty gritty of analysing data. You enjoy working as part of an innovative team and have a flair for problem solving, often coming up with creative solutions. You are confident presenting your ideas to others using your first-class communication skills.

How long is the scheme?

Two years

Where you’ll be based

Milton Keynes. Limited opportunities are also available in Manchester and York.

What you’ll be doing

On a flexible rotational programme, you’ll spend time in several teams within the Information Technology department. Our work affects the whole organisation, meaning you’ll be partnering with colleagues in HR, Finance, Rail Services and other operational areas on a daily basis too. You could be implementing cutting-edge, innovative technologies and applications such as Digital Railway traffic management and accident prevention, or taking a leading role in the delivery of a significant business change initiative.

You can expect to experience a variety of challenging roles across the department, such as project management, service management, information systems strategy, and application support. Typical responsibilities include supporting special projects for senior leaders, preparing and delivering internal presentations and reports, reactive work managing risks and issues, and preparing month-end financial reports. You may also be required to provide leadership to small project teams.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to achieve a minimum of 2:2 in your degree.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

APM Project Management qualification or Prince 2
IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Previous graduates have gone on to achieve internal promotion to senior roles and undertake further professional qualifications supported by the business.

Why you should choose this scheme

It’s a highly flexible scheme that enables you to drive your own learning. The scheme manager is responsible for setting up your first rotational placement, but thereafter it’s up to you. You choose which functions you’d like to experience and tailor your programme to suit your skills, strengths and interests. The scheme manager will also support you with continuous coaching through face-to-face meetings.

To help you gain a broader insight to our organisation, you can choose to spend one of your placements working in a function outside of IT.

Network Rail is a large national company that can offer me career progression and multiple avenues of development and advancement. Furthermore, due to the massive impact it has on the day to day life of commuters, it is exciting to work for a company that affects so many people and is a household name.

Working for Network Rail has given me an opportunity to work in a progressive environment and to participate in large projects such as freedom of information and enterprise content management.

Philip-James Ponniah