About Colas Rail
We are one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, having constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.
Colas Rail work on some of the continent’s most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major enhancement and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and are currently working on some incredibly exciting projects. We are also delivering major schemes overseas in North Africa, Asia and North America.
At Colas Rail we look outwards to our customers, seeing things from their point of view, responding to their suggestions and anticipating their needs, while being committed to delivering on our promise to them, our employees, the people we work with and our stakeholders.
Developing people is key to our operational success, with 25% of our leaders progressing through our Graduate Schemes. The Trainee & Apprentice programmes we run are equally as important to closing the skills gap facing the industry.
At Colas Rail we believe the investment made in training and development is vital to maintaining competitive advantage and we are committed to utilising training and development to ensure that every possible opportunity is available to our staff.
When applying for a position within our Graduate Programme, your application will go through several stages.
Stage 1 – Online Application
Submit your cover letter and CV, and complete our application form through our online recruitment portal. We’ll then be in touch to ask a few questions about why you would like to work with us.
Stage 2 – Gamification: Psychometric Ability Testing and Personality Testing
We’ll put you through your paces on your knowledge of numerical and verbal reasoning skills, and you’ll also be quizzed on your behaviour, self-awareness and strengths. But don’t worry! We use an online gamification tool, so the process is actually fun and not like the traditional tests – you might even enjoy it!
Stage 3 – Assessment Centre
You will receive an invite to a Colas Rail UK assessment centre or a Teams interview, if social distancing measures are in place. Here, you can demonstrate your ability and meet some of your potential new team-mates face-to-face – as well as meet key leaders from across our business that will provide an insight of what it’s like to work for Colas Rail UK.
Final Stage – An Offer is Made!
The Colas Rail UK recruitment process can take up to two months to complete, which may seem like a long process, but ensures that everyone is treated fairly.
Culture and values
Our Values – Care | Share | Dare
At Colas Rail, we are convinced that our corporate culture and our values are our finest assets. Our Care, Share, Dare values are at the heart of everything we do. These values feed into our main strategies and accompany us daily in realising our ambitions.
Caring is a fundamental value of our corporate culture. Whether it is self-care, care for employees, care for our customers and partners or care for the environment and society – from the very essence of our activity – we are driven by the same duty of exemplary and benevolence. Therefore, acting ethically and preserving the safety of those who accompany us will always remain our priority.
We are convinced that the pooling of talents and resources in all their diversity, teamwork and cross-disciplinary bridges are a source of progress and new ideas.
We dare to take on responsibilities with a committed international leader who gives everyone a chance.
We are one of the international leaders in our industry. That’s true. But what really matters is why we will keep on being a leader.
We are a strong and structured company. We keep on innovating in our businesses and dare to conquer new territories and market segments.
We trust everyone dares, regardless of where they come from, by quickly allowing them to take on responsibilities on large-scale projects.
At Colas Rail, we are proud to act as an example. We do not hesitate to assert our values of ethics and transparency on a daily basis with our customers, our service providers and our employees.
Equality and diversity
Colas Rail have a continued commitment to EDI . We understand that our continued progress towards a diverse organisation that attracts and develops individuals from the widest pool of talent means that we will consistently perform better.
Although we have already taken fundamental strides to promote diversity in the workplace, we also acknowledge that more can be done to enable us to move positively to a more diverse workforce and continue to build on our existing strengths.
We aim to create an environment where:
Everyone feels comfortable expressing their uniqueness with pride
Everyone is treated fairly and has equal opportunities
We promote the highest standards of ethical conduct and have zero tolerance for discrimination on any grounds such as: disability, gender identity, age, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic background and race or parenthood.
We encourage every employee to embrace our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) principles.
Our 3 female train drivers were the first in industry to have an all-female team on a Freight shift.
We are proudly party of the EDI Charter Working Group set up by the railway industry and Women in Rail.
We are an equal opportunities employer and seek applications from all – regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, nationality, disabilities, marital status or sexual orientation. We are a Disability Confident employer and work with various charities to continue our commitment to being an inclusive place to work.
Our recruitment process has fairness at its heart. It is designed to remove any unconscious bias by assessing your potential through methods that highlight your natural strengths.