Network Rail is seeking several Mechanical Engineering undergraduates to join their Year in Industry scheme and start with them at the beginning of September 2020. They own and operate the railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the nation. That’s 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and thousands of tunnels, signals, level crossings and points. They also manage rail timetabling and 18 of the largest stations in England, Scotland and Wales.


Network Rail work round-the-clock to provide a safe, reliable experience for the millions using Europe’s fastest-growing railway each and every day. Network Rail is delivering the biggest and most ambitious upgrade the network has ever seen in over 150 years.


Person Profile/Required Qualifications

You should be in your penultimate year studying for an IMechE accredited Mechanical Engineering related degree and predicted at least a 2:1. You will need to have strong communication and ICT skills including Excel and have an interest in the rail/ transport sector. Master’s degree students in their 2nd year may also be considered.


EDT is managing these placements on behalf of Network Rail so please do not apply to them directly for these roles. Apply now for the 1st round telephone interviews in Nov/Dec and assessment centres in March 2020 - see below for application link.


Salary and Benefits

£17,000 PA. plus benefits & potential for a conditional offer onto our graduate scheme on successful completion of degree and 'good' or above performance during placement (we know this has happened and it is the main motivator for taking on interns)

Hours 35.5 p/w

Flexitime (for office-based working)

Inhouse training – industry-standard accreditations

  • An annual 75 per cent subsidy on train and underground season tickets
  • An interest-free travel loan for season tickets for trains and car parks
  • 28 days’ annual leave and the opportunity to buy or sell two days per year
  • Performance-related pay schemes
  • A choice of one of three contributory pension schemes
  • The opportunity to donate through various charitable giving schemes, including company contributions
  • 5 days of volunteer leave per year
  • Lots of training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefits scheme such as discounts on shopping/restaurants/ days out
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Yearly bonus
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Validium – free advice for employees on any personal issues
  • Various employee groups/networks


Mohammed Khan – Mechanical Engineering 18/19

“Network Rail has been a very supportive and a nurturing environment and I am very glad I have done my one-year placement there. I have made friends and dear colleagues who I no doubt will be in touch with for a long time. I have been offered and accepted a Network Rail graduate programme after I finish my degree. This placement year has taught me valuable lessons and given me priceless experiences, making me want to achieve my highest potential in my final year of university."


Haseeb Afsar - Mechanical Engineering 2018/19

“My time at Network Rail was invaluable as it exposed me to the industry and the expectations that come with it. It also allowed me to develop my engineering skills and implement my knowledge into real-life situations. It also gave me a chance to meet new people and learn from other experienced employees and I was given responsibility from the start and thoroughly enjoyed my time there.”

Haseeb has been offered a graduate role for the 2020 intake.


To Apply:

  1. Please note that you will need to be registered with the YINI scheme via our website  Following a successful assessment interview for YINI plus a 1st round competency-based telephone interview with the EDT YINI Placement Team in November/December you will be required to attend Network Rail Assessment Centres in March of 2020
  2. Email your interest to Mel Powell on stating your full name and the vacancy reference you are interested in.

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