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Graduate Programme

We are currently recruiting high calibre graduates to join our Graduate Programmes.

Colas Rail is one of the world’s leading providers of rail infrastructure services. The brand is well established, with a great reputation within the rail industry, and the business is growing at an impressive rate. Joining Colas Rail is a real opportunity to establish yourself within one of the UK’s most heavily invested sectors, with a company that is going places.


We have a standing tradition of developing talent and giving our graduates the opportunity to take their career in their own hands.


There are three main programmes that we recruit for on an annual basis:

Future Leaders Programme

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 rotations across the UK between our different divisions: Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services or Rail Urban, however, in the second year of the graduate programme there is a limited number of opportunities for our high performers to work in Asia between our locations: Malaysia and Vietnam.

Working in the Future Leaders Programme requires a large amount of flexibility and a great team spirit . You will be working under our senior managers as a graduate trainee to complete various projects, from relaying track in the South East, working on a multi-disciplinary project such as the high profile Wessex project, or supporting delivery in our Freight or Plant team, and anything in-between. There will be a great variety in your activities, from technical work to client engagement, combined with a large amount of on-site work.

Commercial Graduate Programme

As a Commercial graduate, you will be enrolled in a 2-year programme, but without the rotations, and with a distinct focus on the Commercial side of our business. Here you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills by working towards becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

You will be working closely with our Commercial team but also the experienced operational managers and senior leaders supporting areas such as the delivery of our pre-contract work, the management of existing and the mobilising new contracts client management in one of our divisions such as Rail Services, Rail Infrastructure or Rail Urban.


Technical Graduate Programme

As part of the Technical Graduate Programme you will work in a technical and operational role with a distinct focus on the engineering side of our business, working closely with our experienced engineers and senior management on improving the UK rail system in divisions such as Rail Services, Rail Infrastructure or Rail Urban.

Here, you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills and to work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer in one of our many disciplines: Civils & Pway (Track), Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering Surveying

Click here to find out more about all of our graduate programmes: