James was sponsored by Network Rail through the ICE QUEST Scholarship during his time at university. This involved three Summer placements and, following successful completion, an offer of a job on the graduate scheme. He has a keen interest in large scale infrastructure projects and was lucky enough to spend substantial time on site on three of the rail industries largest projects during his work placements.
Since starting with Network Rail full time in September 2017, James has taken on a range of roles and responsibilities. These include:
- Fast Trackers Programme Manager / Steering Group member
- Safe by Design Young Engineers Forum Midlands Lead / Head of Communications
- BIM Discipline Review Group Graduate Liaison
- Graduate Technical Training Steering Group Civils Lead
- Engineering Engagement Rep for LNW S (one of Network Rail's routes).
He also has worked on a number of projects, including a study into Sustainable Development within Infrastructure Projects - completed for and presented to the Executive Board. He also spent several months working with the Geotechnical Route Asset Management team, and is currently on a design secondment with Tony Gee and Partners.
James has taken full advantage of the opportunities which being on a graduate scheme present, not least of which the flexibility to get involved in a plethora of activities across the business.
James' role as the Civils Representative within the Technical Training Steering Group have allowed him to mould the training which graduates receive to best fit the demands of a changing industry, bringing in elements he has been directly involved in such as BIM, Sustainable Development and Safety by Design. He particularly enjoyed the training by external specialists in leadership and communication, which formed part of the graduate scheme.
One of the main perks which James has found working for Network Rail is the support he has had working towards his professional chartership with the ICE, as well as the graduate network which being part of a large intake of engineering allows. He would wholeheartedly recommend a graduate job with Network Rail to anyone, particularly those interested in infrastructure (both it's construction and management).