Network Rail is to increase the number of engineering places on its 2016 graduate scheme by 40%.
There will be 80 places across the three disciplines of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering and chief executive Mark Carne is hoping to see more diversity in the intake so that its future workforce is a better reflection of society.
He said: “I am proud that we have increased the number of women joining our graduate programme to 29% in the last year and to 28% from black, Asian, minority ethnic backgrounds, but we have to accelerate that growth so that it better reflects the society in which we live and serve.
“We need the very best talent on offer to help deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan and transform our railway to carry the ever-increasing number of people who choose to travel by rail safely, efficiently and comfortably. That means not missing out on bringing the best engineers – both men and women and all ethnicities – to Network Rail.”
There are a total of 150 places on the scheme. Other areas of intake include general management, finance, property, project management, business technology, supply chain and human resources.