Working in rail
Working in rail? Or want to work in rail?
- Current vacancies
- Getting into rail
- Developing skills
- Rail staff travel benefits
- Support for rail workers
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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 Prince's Trust runs short vocational 'Get into' courses for 16 to 25-year-olds, to develop young people's skills in different sectors - one of which is 'Get into Railways'.
The National Skills Academy for Rail has developed NSAR-CONNECT, a rail placement service for candidates and potential employers.
If you're between 13 and 25, check out the Youth Rail Group, a GB-based community of young railway enthusiasts.
Apprenticeships are for both young people and adult learners, and typically last between one and four years. They are a great way to gain a qualification whilst earning a salary, working on real projects and gaining real workplace experience. Rail offers a varied range of apprenticeships, including:
- Business administration
- Rail services (train drivers)
- Customer service
- IT and telecoms
- Railway operations
- Leadership and management
Our members in the rail industry include train operating companies, freight operating companies and Network Rail, and all offer a variety of apprenticeship opportunities across different parts of their business. They are keen for new people from all backgrounds to join them. Together, as part of the £50billion plus Railway Upgrade Plan, rail companies and the supply chain have committed to hiring 20,000 apprentices by 2020. Use these links to find out more:
- Arriva apprenticeships
- East Midlands Trains apprenticeships
- First Group apprenticeships
- Govia Thameslink Railway apprenticeships
- Greater Anglia apprenticeships
- Great Western Railway apprenticeships
- MTR apprenticeships
- Network Rail apprenticeships
- Virgin Trains East Coast apprenticeships
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: