Network Rail

7.7 /10 120 reviews
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Internship (1-4 Months) Placement Year (10 Months+)
Engineering Mechanical Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering Civil Engineering

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About Network Rail

Our vision is a better railway for a better Britain

We aim to deliver a railway that is safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before, to help build a thriving, sustainable economy.

Britain’s railway does more than transport passengers and goods. It brings people and businesses closer together, which creates new jobs, opens up new markets and stimulates economic growth. We want to provide the best possible service to everyone who relies on the railway – passengers, train operating companies and businesses nationwide. Rail is vital to Britain's future.

More to us than meets the eye

There’s more to our organisation than you might have imagined. Although rail is a huge part of our business, we’re also one of the largest land and property owners in Britain. We manage a huge property portfolio that includes 18 of the biggest stations in Britain, the retail outlets inside them, and the small businesses that live under their arches. Sales at some of our stations have even been outperforming the high street.

We’re also behind some of the biggest, most innovative projects in the country – from the world’s largest solar bridge at Blackfriars through to electrification and HS2. Pioneers in advanced technology, our technical team invented the use of HD cameras to identify track wear-and-tear more efficiently. We’re also responsible for the 17,000km-long fibre optic network that powers our trackside signals, telephones and electrical systems. We do all this whilst maintaining safety as our number one priority.

Ready for a challenge?

We know that fulfilling our vision will not be easy. But that’s where you come in!

Our rail network is the fastest growing and safest in Europe. But we still have work to do to create a railway fit for 21st century Britain. We’re investing more than £47bn through our Railway Upgrade Plan in developing our infrastructure so that we can deliver more services and better journeys. This is the largest programme of sustained investment in the railway that Britain has ever seen, presenting an abundance of opportunities for ambitious and enthusiastic people like you to make an impact.

We have graduate and placement opportunities across engineering and business management functions.

Graduate starting salary is £26,500 plus regional allowances where applicable and a £2,000 welcome bonus. Year in industry placements salary is £17,000 per year (pro-rata) plus regional allowances where applicable.

Additional benefits are 28 days’ holiday plus public holidays, 75% discount on season tickets (max £3000), interest-free season ticket loan (max £5,000) and up to 5 paid volunteer leave days.

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Network Rail Latest Reviews

  • Industrial Placement

    The Industrial Placement is well rounded. I really enjoyed my placement due to number of experiences and opportunities in various departments, such as Electrification and Plant, Route Asset Management and Signalling....


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  • General Management Year in industry

    I fully enjoyed my placement here, the team i was situated with was diverse range of professionals, who were kind, tolerant and educating. I was made to feel like an individual, on my scheme, i was en...


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  • Year in Industry - Mechanical Engineering

    I really enjoyed my time at Network Rail, it is a very professional company with a huge range of jobs. There was opportunity to move around the various departments to get a feel for the company as a w...


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Network Rail Latest Case Study

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Security Analyst

Placement Year (10 Months+)

BSc Hons Computer Security

I love the fact that I am working in a role I can see myself doing in the future. In my role I also have the flexibility to shadow and learn about other parts of the business and how they work.

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Students expected to return to graduate jobs with us

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