Applications opened today for around 100 places on Network Rail’s 2012 graduate training scheme.
Over 5000 graduates applied for Network Rail’s 2011 scheme, which offers engineering opportunities and roles in network operations, finance, information management and commercial property.
Network Rail’s chief executive David Higgins hopes the 2012 scheme attracts electrical engineering graduates. With the company receiving the green light from government to electrify hundreds of miles of track on the Great Western main line from London to Swansea and in the north west of England, Higgins is hopeful they can attract the very best young minds in the specialist field.
“While we’ve had unprecedented levels of applications across the board, we’ve struggled to attract a great number of candidates for our electrical engineering graduate scheme.
“We understand that other sectors can be attractive but we need to shout louder about the exciting opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for electrical engineers as we develop and improve the network including our plans for electrification,” Higgins said.
A recent skills report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found that 23 per cent of British electrical engineering employers have experienced problems recruiting engineering graduates. Paul Davies, head of policy at the IET, said: “Our research clearly shows that there are opportunities out there for all engineers, including recent graduates. With many exciting railway infrastructure projects in the pipeline, now is a hugely exciting time to consider electrical engineering.”
Read more information on Network Rail’s graduate scheme and how to apply.