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Project management scheme

The difference is you - A career as bright and unique as you are

Our project management scheme for graduates

Who you are

You’re a self-starter with a strong work ethic. You have an inquisitive nature and are not afraid to challenge the way things are done. You’re able to present and communicate alternative ideas in a clear and confident manner. With strong organisation skills, a cool head and an eye for the detail, you’re able to solve problems with a calm and pragmatic approach. You enjoy working as part of a team and have empathy towards others.

How long is the scheme?

Two years

Where you’ll be based

Opportunities are available across Britain, at locations including London, York, Manchester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Glasgow, but it is important to note that you will rotate at least three times during the two years on this scheme, and flexibility regarding the location of each placement is essential.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll work as a graduate project manager, exploring commercial, safety, and risk and opportunity management techniques, with exposure across several functions, including Construction, Planning, Strategy, Operations and Estimating. Your strong interpersonal skills will come into their own when you’re building relationships with your stakeholders.

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.

For 18 months of the scheme, you’ll undertake leadership essentials training – a six-module programme to start you on your leadership journey.

Entry requirements

2:2 in any degree subject

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Association of Project Management (APM) Introductory certificate with further APM qualifications after the graduate scheme. These are funded by Network Rail. Further qualifications may include the APM Practitioner, APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) and more. Other qualifications are available along with general training.

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Many graduates go on to apply for permanent roles such as project management assistant or scheme project manager. In these roles you’ll have the opportunity to undertake further qualifications such as the APM Practitioner and APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ).

Why you should choose this scheme

During the first year you’ll have the flexibility to explore foundation project management skills that meet your own interests, as well as gaining a broader appreciation for our industry. Our project managers are highly visible across the organisation so it’s an opportunity for you to really make a name for yourself.

Hear from our recent graduates:

Claire, Customer support manager

Paul, Project management

Network Rail embraces diversity like no other. I have had an incredibly strong support network throughout the graduate scheme and this elucidates Network Rail’s second-to-none enthusiasm for developing individuals. Moreover, operational experience is just as important and integral to your role as working in the office.

Susan Alnajafi