Graduate scheme


During our 18-month Operations Management Graduate Scheme, you’ll learn all about what it takes to deliver the operational railway we know today, including stations, signalling, control and incident response. Explore our relationships with train and freight companies, the British Transport Police and the emergency services to understand what goes into delivering a good experience.

If providing a great service matters to you.

You matter to us.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll experience placements and projects with our industry partners to gain a perspective of the challenges we all face as we work together to deliver the very best customer experiences.

Your learning experiences will include office-based activities, time in operational locations, formal training, experiences and placements, getting involved in as much real work as possible to develop your knowledge.

You’ll also attend Signaller Training over the course of the scheme to give you a grounding in Railway operational rules and principles

Who you are matters

You’ll need to have at least a 2:2 in any degree subject, and the flexibility to occasionally travel to attend training opportunities at various locations. You must also be willing to embrace the responsibility that safety-critical work brings.

Railway operations happen 24/7 and at times you’ll be working weekends, bank holidays and shifts, so you’ll need a degree of flexibility. You’ll also be happy travelling and staying away from home for periods of time for work.

We look for logical thinkers who enjoy finding creative solutions to challenging problems. You should be resourceful, hardworking, good at managing your time and motivating yourself to get the job done. Other qualities we’re looking for are:

  • Great communication
  • Ability to engage with people at all levels
  • Good relationship building
  • Determination

What you’ll get out of it

You will also study for a Certificate in Higher Education in Railway Operations Management, a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Passenger Transport Operations Management, and CMI Level 5 in Management and Leadership over the course of the scheme.

Previous graduates have gone on to management roles in a number of functions, including Operations, Station Management, Safety and Performance.

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Basingstoke, Bedford, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ipswich, London, Manchester, Perth, Rugby, Swindon, Wigan, York

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