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Network Rail

Project Management Graduate Scheme

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Swindon, Glasgow, York, Stratford, Doncaster, Bristol, Peterborough, Derby, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

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?

18 months

Where you’ll be based

For the Infrastructure Projects pathway, opportunities are available across Britain, at key locations including.

Swindon, Glasgow, York, Birmingham, Stratford, Doncaster, Bristol, Peterborough, Derby, London,  Manchester, 

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.

For the Business pathway you’ll be based in Milton Keynes.

What you’ll be doing

When applying for the scheme you’ll have an opportunity to choose from two pathways: Project Management  - Infrastructure Projects
Business Project Management – Safety, Technical, Engineering

When joining our Business Project Management pathway, you’ll be you will sit within a function that provides project and business change management across a wide ranging portfolio of projects. You will be supporting the delivery of a safer and better performing railway by providing a world class professional services to the wider business organisation. ​

You will be involved in project management and business change projects across different areas including Engineering Assets, Safety, Environment, Security, Research and Development, Innovation and Information Management. You will rotate across these areas during your time on the scheme and be involved in the following activities;

  • Delivery of projects to time, cost and quality using appropriate methodology
  • Identify and engaging with stakeholders
  • Management of project and programme risk
  • Embed and deliver business change within Network Rail Regions and Routes

These positions are exciting as you will have the opportunity to work across the business, external contractors and with industry partners to deliver Network Rail’s strategic objectives. These can include European Rail Partners, Rail Safety and Standards board, Rail Delivery Group, Universities and Innovate UK. Previous graduates have worked on developing new technologies, the installation of new assets, crime remediation solutions, European rail initiatives, carbon reduction, environmental projects and much more.

When you’ll join the Project Management – Infrastructure Projects pathway:

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.

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