Working in rail

Working in rail? Or want to work in rail?

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Current vacancies

For job vacancies at RDG and from across the rail industry, have a look at our Vacancies page.

Train companies and freight operators also have their own vacancies pages - go to Passenger, freight and track services for links to their websites.


Getting into rail

Routes into Rail outlines the varied career opportunities that are available for school-leavers and graduates.

The National Skills Academy for Rail has developed NSAR-CONNECT, a rail placement service for candidates and potential employers.

If you are a graduate, you may be interested in our Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme.

Network Rail also provides graduate schemes, as well as apprenticeships and a range of entry level opportunities.

If you're betweem 13 and 25, check out the Youth Rail Group, a GB-based community of young railway enthusiasts.


Developing skills

There are a number of bodies who provide training to the rail industry.

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) was established with wide railway industry support to help tackle current and future skills needs within the railway engineering industry. Whilst it doesn’t deliver training, it works with employers to understand their skills needs, with training providers to ensure they are delivering what the industry needs and with other stakeholders, such as sector skills bodies and Government, to make sure that the industry has the right qualifications to support its vision.

RDG also hosts the Rail HR Directors Group. This group is looking at where the industry needs to be in 10 years in relation to key grade groups and key skills, as well as promoting the success, relevance, attractiveness and stability of employment in rail.


Rail staff travel benefits

Rail Staff Travel Limited (RSTL) looks after the rail staff travel service on a national basis, enabling most staff in the rail industry to benefit from some level of concessionary travel. They provide a service to both employer and employees (active and retired) and issue cards and passes and deal with queries.


Support for rail workers

Women in Rail supports women working in the industry.

Young Rail Professionals brings together young people from across the UK railway industry, providing a range of networking and professional development opportunities.

There are four main unions that represent rail workers:

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