Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme

Entry Requirement

2:2 in an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) accredited degree

Flexibility to occasionally travel to attend training opportunities at various locations.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme

Our 2-year Civil Engineer Graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge, awareness and understanding of the railway assets based across Britain. Through getting hands on with major projects, you’ll make genuine contribution with no limit to the exciting and innovative challenges you’ll face.

If making an impact on something bigger matters to you.
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Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme

Our 2024 Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme is now closed for applications. You can register your interest for our 2025 programme below.

Start Date: September 2025

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What you’ll be doing

Everything you do on your Civil Engineering Graduate scheme matters. It’s focused on increasing your knowledge, awareness, and understanding, and variety and exposure is the name of the game. Rotate through four placements, gaining an understanding of the railway through one of the largest asset bases in Britain.

Get involved in major engineering projects, from maintaining a variety of bridges and structures, to specifying innovative building materials and techniques or identifying how to improve reliability and sustainability. You could even deliver management solutions for complicated inner-city assets or establish inspection and maintenance requirements for countryside embankments and cuttings.

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Who you are matters

You’ll need to have at least a 2:2 in an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) accredited degree and the flexibility to occasionally travel to attend training opportunities at various locations.

We look for logical thinkers who can find 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
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What you’ll get out of it

In your first month, we’ll help you to register with, and cover the costs for, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Each placement and training opportunity will be structured towards you becoming either a qualified Chartered Engineer (CENG) or Incorporated Engineer (IENG). Each year, you need to submit your quarterly and annual reports to the IET, IMechE and ICE Institutions to qualify in IENG within 3-4-years and CENG in 5-6-years.

You’ll be supported with four modules of technical training. The first of these is designed to give you an overview of the engineering disciplines at Network Rail. The rest relate to the specific disciplines you select. You’ll also take some leadership modules to help develop your soft skills and support you to become one of our future leaders.

Previous graduates have gone on to roles such as Assistant Project Engineer, Asset Protection Engineer, or Assistant Design Engineer. There are also plenty of opportunities for promotion to senior management positions across the organisation.


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