Join our Management Programme

The two-year scheme giving you the knowledge, confidence, experience and skills to become a successful leader in the industry.

How and Why You Should Apply

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Management Programme Nationwide

  • Competitive salary
  • Healthshield Cash Health Care Scheme
  • Aegon Pension: employee contribution 5%, employer contribution 6%
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

What you will be doing

The aim of the programme is to produce high quality leaders, who will be the operational managers of the future. It is a 2-year programme, starting every September, which rotates both nationally and internationally.

You can expect at least three placements across the UK between our different divisions (Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services or Rail Urban), where you will be led by one of our Senior Managers and play a vital role in delivering some of our high-profile projects.

Every rotation will provide you with invaluable management and business experience, and we provide support and mentoring throughout the programme and beyond to help you achieve success.

In the second year of the programme, there is also a limited number of opportunities for high performers to work in Malaysia and Vietnam.

  • You will start with an induction period of one to two weeks in our Head Office in London, before being sent to your first location
  • You will complete three different rotations on various projects around the UK and internationally
  • You will be involved in both technical aspects and the day-to-day operations of a major company
  • You will experience a variety of activities, from technical work to client engagement, combined with a large amount of on-site work
  • You will take responsibility and make informed decisions in a fast-paced operational environment, whilst working with multicultural teams at all levels across the business
  • You will be fully supported to become a highly respected leader and a future operational manager.

What you will have

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people, with at least a 2:1 from a reputable University and the ability and drive to stand out, demonstrated by internships, university successes or extracurricular activities.

We are happy to receive applications from graduates in any discipline. Examples of our past graduates have included: Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and others), Business Management, Mathematics, Geography and Quantity Surveying.

At Colas Rail UK we are passionate about taking on the right people who fit our company ethos. Our behavioural framework embraces the 5 E's, and we look to see these demonstrated in your application:

  • Energy you have a get-up-and-go attitude
  • Energise you can lead and inspire
  • Edge you can make smart decisions
  • Execute you make things happen
  • Engage the Client you are able and willing to stay close to the client.

Your first year at Colas Rail

Meet Abby

Assistant Project Manager

I think Colas Rail is unique in its commitment to its graduates and giving them advanced responsibilities from an early stage.

Abby's Graduate Story

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Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Colas Rail

One of the world's leading providers of rail infrastructure services, our award-winning specialists design and manage all forms of railway across Europe and the UK.

Our Culture

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Our Culture - What we do

We provide total rail solutions for some of Europe's most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and the development of Morocco's first high-speed train line.

Our brand is well established, and we are proud of our reputation within the rail industry.

We are a multicultural and diverse organisation, committed to delivering on our promises to our employees, and lead with our key values: Safety; Profitability; Quality and Respect.

At Colas Rail, we look outwards to our customers and make sure to see things from their point of view. We respect their opinions, respond to their suggestions and are proactive in anticipating their needs.

In this way we are creative and innovative in our approach, always aiming to exceed the expectations of those with whom we work.

We have a long-running tradition of developing talent and giving graduates the opportunity to take their career in their own hands. Many of the talented people who have joined our schemes have been supported and trusted to the lead on major projects and tenders for the company.

Our strength in this area has been formally recognised by the 2015 Graduate Scheme award, and the 2016 Outstanding Teamwork Award, at the UK Rail Industry Awards.

The opportunities here are never-ending. We are working on some incredibly exciting projects, including our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo – the busiest station in Europe – over the next three years. We are also delivering major schemes overseas in North Africa and Asia, which means there may be the potential to travel.

Yet, it's not all work; we offer plenty of social events to bring our people together, in addition to the informal day-to-day socialising that goes on. Expect the opportunity to join a host organised events, such as the annual charity bike ride, and our in-house football tournament which is very popular.

Career Progression at Colas Rail

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Colas Rail understands the importance of developing their graduates. They do this through empowering them to take on additional responsibilities.

Our Graduates - Who we are

I always knew I wanted to work in London; it's a vibrant city with a wide range of opportunities to work in an ever-growing Engineering field. 

Tom's Graduate Story

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Tom's graduate story.

  • Studied Civil Engineering at City University in London

  • At University was involved in a range of outdoor activities, from Scouting to climbing

  • Joined the Future Leader Programme in 2011 and undertook a series of rotations throughout the the UK business

  • After finishing the scheme, moved into the Track Renewals team and has since progressed upwards 

  • Now the Signalling Design Development Interface Manager and looks after signalling nationally

Cate's Graduate Story

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I decided I wanted to do a Management-based role, hence I chose the Future Leaders Programme at Colas Rail.

Cate's graduate story.

  • Graduated from Durham University in 2014 with a degree in Physics

  • Joined Colas Rail in September 2015

  • Has taken on two different placements across the business since joining

  • Currently working as Assistant Project Manager

Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future

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Ondrej Roubicek, Senior Vice President for Colas Rail Infrastructure

Colas Rail is part of a wider international group, which operates in 80 countries, across 5 continents and makes a net profit of €1.1 billion annually. Being part of this larger unit means we have a solid financial, technical and management foundation, as well as access to very high levels of expertise and specialist resources in rail operations, logistics and technology.

We welcome the future of the railway industry with continued enthusiasm and a commitment to improve everything we do. There are many exciting opportunities that lie ahead in creating tomorrow’s railways. High-speed rail, light urban systems, high-output automated track maintenance and commercial rail freight are all areas that will become increasingly important to the UK in the future. They are also areas in which we excel and have a depth of experience and expertise.

Although these are all headline-grabbing projects, the continual maintenance and upgrading of the UK’s rail network also remains a task that we are fully committed to and are leading the field within.

All of our success is achieved through our greatest asset: our people. Since 2008, the company has grown three-fold and it doesn’t stop here. We want to continue as a major player within the industry and be a part of building the railway of the future.

Talent development has been key to our success and will continue to be as we develop as an organisation. Today, about a quarter of our managers are ex-graduates. We want to extend and accelerate this trend going forwards. We know that in order to meet our future challenges, we must bring in fresh, talented graduates and help them to become the best they can be.

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