There are loads of organisations and employers who are committed to training the next generation of highly skilled rail technicians, engineers and managers to provide the transport of the future. Here are five people who are dedicated to making that happen.
Network Rail is at the heart of the British railway’s technological revolution. They handle some of the biggest projects the UK has ever seen, including Crossrail, Europe’s largest civil engineering project ever. With talented people like you working for them they’re gearing up for 400 million more passengers journeys by 2020. Visit their Employer Profile for more information on their advanced apprenticeships and graduate programmes.
Transport for London
Think buses, tubes, taxis, trams, even cycle hire... nearly everyone who visits, lives or works in London ends up using a Transport for London (TfL) service. They have all kinds of apprenticeships available, from engineering to project and information management. It depends on the apprenticeship but in most cases you’ll need passing grades in at least three GCSEs (or their equivalent) to apply. They’re looking for great communicators, creative thinkers and people who want to be part of London’s exciting future!
Want to make a difference? More than just a railway, HS2 is about unlocking potential, and making better connections between people and places. It’s about finding new skills, growing new industries, and starting thousands of people on a rewarding career.
This takes ideas, and it takes creativity. HS2 need people from every background, with a huge range of skills – everything from business and technology to engineering and design. If you want to help build the country’s biggest mega project, and get Britain moving in all the right directions, HS2 could have the career for you.
The British railway industry is growing fast. Stations are being built and upgraded at a cracking pace, and lots of new track has to be laid (but existing track needs to be taken care of, too). Costain is an “all-rounder” construction and engineering company that works on high-tech digital railway projects, high-speed rail, track and signalling systems... and more! They’ve got some really exciting graduate programmes and apprenticeships, so you have a chance to fast-track your career while helping to build the railways of the future.
Siemens is another company helping the UK make over a billion rail journeys a year. They have an award-winning Rail Systems business and welcome your fresh ideas to help them to stay at the forefront of modern technology. Siemens can help you get on the right track to success with their apprenticeships, internships and graduate programmes.
The next stop on your career journey
Together with Siemens, the Government has invested to give you the chance to have an incredible 21st century career in road and rail. Students will get to use the latest digital, 3D and virtual reality (VR) technology in VR simulation rooms at the National Training Academy for Rail. This brand-new world-class academy is one of the most exciting things to have ever happened to help young people go far in a transport career. You’ll even get the chance to use Oculus Rift, the hottest VR tool on the block!
HOT TIP: Once you’ve got your foot in the door, the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) offer further training in the rail and road industry. They could be the next stop on your career journey!