Network Rail has agreed a deal with Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering to develop a programme which will better equip civil engineers of the future.
The programme aims to give training and experience to civil engineer graduates. It will also allow graduates working for Network Rail to spend time with other civil engineering organisations and vice versa to give a wider industry experience.
Neil Thompson, Network Rail programme director for infrastructure investment, said:
“This agreement provides an excellent platform for our engineering graduates to gain cross industry experience, working with different organisations to develop their knowledge and skills.
“It will also help the future of the engineering industry and develop our business by providing better equipped, more knowledgeable engineers who will help to deliver a safer and better value for money railway for Britain.”
Mike Cocks, CECA UK rail director, said:
“With the whole ethos of the sector moving towards a more collaborative approach, the graduate development scheme is a perfect example of how the industry can work together to help produce better outcomes for the rail sector.
“We look forward to seeing the benefits from this approach flourish over time as more and more graduates get the opportunity to go through scheme.”
Graham Nicholson, ACE chairman, said:
“ACE is pleased to support this initiative. It provides more pathways to enter the industry, and is a clear example of clients and suppliers working together to promote the next generation of engineers.”