Network Rail

Network Rail

A word from Network Rail’s Chief Executive Officer

Mark Carne

“There are many challenges ahead for UK transport organisations to deliver a bigger and better network, and in particular for us to address the capacity issues on the railway to get more people to where they need to be. To meet these challenges, we need a technological transformation of the network to improve the capacity, speed and reliability of our railway in the face of ever-increasing demand for rail travel.

To realise our vision of a Digital Railway, we will also need a highly skilled workforce, and that means playing our part in educating and training people – but also inspiring a new generation of engineers, technicians and business leaders to come and work in this exciting industry, which is embarking on an investment programme unseen since Victorian times.

Working with our partners, we believe this UTC can make a real difference to the young people of London and the south-east and we aim to provide them not only with a top class education but also the life skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in their careers. In particular, we recognise the opportunity to positively influence female students and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to consider apprenticeships and other career opportunities offered by the 21st century rail and construction sectors.”

Mark Carne
Chief Executive, Network Rail

Jane Simpson
Chief Engineer, Network Rail

Who are Network Rail and what do we do?

Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.

How Network Rail will help students at the UTC

Network Rail has a proud history of employing and developing the future railway people through its apprenticeship, graduate, and higher education programmes. We will provide opportunities for UTC students to be involved in business challenge projects and offer work experience placements as part of their preparation to apply for the exciting opportunities that Network Rail has to offer.


    • Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme – 3 Years

Academic Qualifications Required
GCSE English, mathematics, and science plus one other subject at Grade A* – C or
NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject

Qualifications obtained
Year 1 – NVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations, BTEC National Award in Engineering, Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Level 2
Years 2-3 – NVQ3 in Railway Engineering, ILM Level 3 in First Line Management

  • Graduate Schemes

Engineering – 2 years
Our engineering graduate programme offers schemes in Civil, Electrical and Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering.

Business Management – up to 2 years
The business management scheme provides opportunities in a wide range of disciplines including Finance, HR, Property and Project Management.

  • Placements

Our placement scheme is designed for students who are still currently studying towards their degree and need to spend a year in industry as part of their course.

Did you know?

  • Britain’s rail network is the fastest growing and safest in Europe. Passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years – so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. The Digital Railway will provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth
  • Network Rail is currently working on some of the largest construction projects in Europe including Crossrail and the Thameslink programme.
  • These major projects will require a multitude of new entrants to the industry in a wide range of disciplines including engineering, project management, and IT.

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