Think career, think rail
Rail needs tens of thousands more professionals over the coming years to keep up with passenger demand and government investment. Be a part of the next generation of the rail industry!
Routes into Rail is an initiative run by the rail industry to provide advice and information on the wide range of careers offered in the rail industry. The rail industry is so much more than train drivers and station personnel. Whether you want to work in IT, engineering, business, human resources, sustainability – or driving trains! – there’s a route into rail for you. Find out about careers, training, apprenticeships, university courses and graduate opportunities through Routes into Rail.
Join an industry that offers exciting careers.
Whether it’s building state-of-the-art stations, designing more energy-efficient trains, or finding innovative ways to keep people safe, there’s a route into rail for everyone.
Be part of a sustainable future with a rail career
With investment in rail to keep the country running and build a sustainable future, the demand for the next generation of the rail industry is at an all-time high.
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VolkerFitzpartickThe rail sector offers huge opportunities; the growth of the industry is outpacing the incoming people, therefore if you have the skills – you will not be overlooked. The variety of work is brilliant, and has some of the most challenging projects an engineer could hope for.
Southern RailI’m so glad I found out about the apprenticeship scheme at Govia Thameslink Railway and would encourage others to also consider it – there are so many different routes to follow you are bound to find a career you love!
Network RailI would like to think by the time I’ve retired, we’ve left the railway in a place where…it’s as resilient as it needs to be because we know with global warming that we’re going to face even greater challenges
Rail is a truly open, diverse and inclusive environment, committed to representing the customers it serves. While there is some still some way to go, the rail sector has seen the percentage of females employed in rail grow from 8% to 15% in the last 6 years. Employees from an other-than-white background form about 13% of the current workforce, which is close to the national average of 18%. Rail also offers many opportunities for people with disabilities, visible and invisible, so it makes an ideal choice for so many people’s careers. Everyone is welcome in the rail industry.