An apprenticeship working whilst being observed by mentor.

Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students

In response to numerous students deferring their higher education place this year, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the government have assembled the Higher Education Taskforce, led by the Universities Minister.

The Taskforce has worked to offer students an array of opportunities to help them gain new skills, undertake work placements in the public, private and voluntary sectors, partake in additional learning and support their career development.

Two huge names in the rail industry are offering work experience placements for students.

Network Rail will be offering work experience placements in engineering or operations management. The placement will give a unique opportunity for deferring students to see what it is like to work in the transport industry.

Details of the programme will be shared soon. The Department for Transport is proceeding to engage with industry members to find other suitable work placements which can be offered.

Transport for London is working with major infrastructure and construction partners to offer placements on a rotational basis, and also their development engineering team will support a co-ordinated placement scheme across their engineering consultancies.

Bombardier Transportation are also offering support for students. They are offering a number of work experience placements at their train manufacturing facility in Derby and at their train service depots across the UK.

These placements will be a mixture of shorter unpaid opportunities in their engineering, operations and commercial teams. Students would be mentored, and provided with opportunities to return to Bombardier for future placement while at university and upon graduation.

The government are said to hope to add to these opportunities over time and encourage organisations to get in touch who may be able to offer placements or employment over the coming year to this group of students.

Transforming Track Maintenance & Safety


Transforming Track Maintenance & Safety

Delve into the rich range of contributions in our April/May 2021 edition of RTM, covering everything from automated video technology on trains to detect lineside obstructions and risks to the plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) and hear from the team behind the new Piccadilly line tube stock


View all videos
Passenger Experience Event Banner

RTM365 Online Festival

The Era of Passenger Experience
18th August 2021

 On 18th August, RTM365 will host their Passenger Experience virtual event which will explore the plans to implement the changes affecting passenger experience laid out in the recent Williams Shapps review, the challenges that we need to overcome, opportunities for the supply chain and what we envisage the future of the passenger to be.


The Green Rail Revolution

Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect discusses the importance of HS2 to the Midlands and the UK, their collaborative work with the Department for Transport, and how we need to embrace the railways again.

More articles...

View all