Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme (REGS)

About REGS

On behalf of the Engineering Council, we manage the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme (REGS) for engineering undergraduates and graduates seeking a career in mechanical or electrical engineering with UK passenger and freight train operators.

Over 20 train operating companies are looking to recruit engineering graduates across the country. Successful candidates join the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme. The scheme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Engineering and Technology and offers a fast route towards Chartered or Incorporated Engineer status.

What we need from you

  • A MEng or BEng degree accredited by the IMEchE or the IET
  • Ability to apply your engineering knowledge in an intensely practical environment
  • Good job mobility as placements will take you all over the country or even abroad
  • Self motivation, ability to innovate and to work well in teams

Prior knowledge of the railway industry is not required.

During your initial months on the scheme, you will be involved in all the varied fleet engineering aspects including maintenance, design, construction as well as the comprehensive technical aspects.

You will be expected to move on from your graduate role on to an engineering role within the company, building up on your competences to be able to apply for Chartered or Incorporated status.

As well as receiving support from RDG, you will be assigned a mentor who will be a senior engineer in the industry. Your mentor will monitor your progress and will offer counselling and advice throughout your time on the scheme.

You can read more about the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme here:

 

How to apply

To apply for an engineering graduate role, please send your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications are forwarded to the train companies throughout the year.

What our graduates say

Maya Zaatar

Maya Zaatar

Undergraduate engineer, Rail Delivery Group

"I joined the rail industry because it is a growing industry that is working to connect the whole nation through technologies, processes and people, and only few industries can do that!

Railway customers tend to have a mixed opinion of the rail industry, thinking that their trains are never on time and that their service could be improved in many different ways - with more trains, more comfort. I like to think that my work contributes to improving the journey of hundred of thousands - if not millions - of customers, and the way they perceive the rail industry. As I like challenges, I find it particularly exciting to work to show ,not only customers, but to every one in this country, that the railway industry is thriving to provide them with punctual, safe, and comfortable trains whether they travel for work or for holidays."

Jack Davidson

Jack Davidson

Fleet Maintenance Apprentice, Arriva Trains Wales

"During my A levels I was undecided whether I wanted to go straight to university or go through an apprenticeship scheme. I chose the railway apprenticeship scheme as it gives me the ability to apply myself both in a classroom and working environment. I feel that if I had chosen university instead I would not have received the same level of support and experience. I am extremely grateful for the level of knowledge that my trainers and technicians bestow onto me every day and I am honoured to be given such an incredible opportunity."

Reegan Parramore

Reegan Parramore

Engineer, Chiltern Railways

"I have always had an interest in engineering and visited Ffestinog Railway (Wales) to participate in a kid’s week which gave me the initial idea of booking into the railway industry for an apprenticeship. The Chiltern railway apprenticeship scheme offered the opportunity to progress my engineering education by doing a level 3 and HNC in mechanical engineering. It also offered a hands-on experience working on the trains.

Every day as an apprentice is different as you are always doing different jobs, booking at various faults and problems on the trains. The jobs I do can range from helping with oil changes to engine and raft changes.

The railway industry is a great place to work it is very challenging and can test your engineering ability on a day to day basis. I enjoy developing my knowledge across the board and work with various systems such as air, electronics and mechanical systems.

Liam Kay

Liam Kay

Train Technician, ScotRail

“I joined the railway apprentice scheme as it provided me with an excellent opportunity to work within an engineering environment and allowed me to further my passion for engineering on a practical level."

Pensuree Wallis

Pensuree Wallis

Engineer, Eurostar International Ltd

“I always felt really supported by the Eurostar team who encouraged me to continue with my education whilst I learnt hands‐on skills from Eurostar experts within a real working environment.

I get along really well with all the team and I’m really happy to be able to continue my career with Eurostar as a qualified engineer. I encourage any other women out there interested in engineering to go for it – it’s such a varied and rewarding job, I’m so pleased I made this choice.”

Joshua Lane

Joshua Lane

Fleet Maintenance Apprentice, Arriva Trains Wales

“I wanted to combine my educational achievements with my personal interests to get an apprenticeship that not only furthered my education but also gave me a great starting point to my career. The engineering sector is a fantastic area to gain an apprenticeship in as there are so many opportunities that can help maximise your potential.”

Dennis Pasipanodya

Dennis Pasipanodya

Apprentice engineer, Eurostar International Ltd

“There’s so much still to learn and so many new opportunities within a really friendly environment. It’s easy to see why so many people have worked at Eurostar for more than 20 years.

Take the chance. It’s a win‐win situation, if you’re stronger in theory you get to perfect that area at college whilst also strengthening your practical expertise on the job, and vice versa."

Tajinder Assi

Tajinder Assi

Engineer, Chiltern Railways

"The reason I chose the railway as my industry of choice is that I believe the skills needed to be a good technician would challenge me to become a good all-round engineer. As this job varies in all fields such as mechanically, electrically and overall hand skills.

The main thing I love about my role is that I get to work with people with vast amount of experience. This could be people with 30+ years in the railway to people who worked all around the world as engineers. This gives the chance to learn so much and understand and appreciate the skills I have to learn to become an accomplished engineer. A day as a railway apprentice is a very exciting and interesting thing. Not only are the hours very good we work, we are always doing something different and refreshing. As the trains can bring up different problems that we have to overcome and learn about. So, I can promise you won’t get bored here."

Victoria Myall

Victoria Myall

Apprentice engineer, Eurostar International Ltd

“It’s the best of both worlds – continuing to boost your learning whilst also getting paid for real on the job experience.

Everyone at Eurostar is incredibly supportive, and I have the same equal opportunities as the rest of the team. I have one more year left of my apprenticeship scheme, but I have no doubt that I want to stay at Eurostar and continue my career with the company.

Working on the new trains has been a huge challenge as they are so different to the existing fleet – there are far more electrical components to service. We’re very lucky to get so much exposure to such a complex and innovative train during our training ‐ it really accelerates our learning.”

 

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