Inspiring tomorrow’s workforce

Enabling access to the right skills, at the right time, from the UK’s diverse talent pool.

Attracting future talent is a top priority for Network Rail to transform Britain’s railway and increase capacity. This will be achieved by attracting future talent capable of delivering a digital railway. There is currently a substantial   Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills shortage across Europe, particularly in the railway engineering industry. This shortage is likely to continue in future, with predictions that Britain will need at least 100,000 new STEM university graduates every year until 2020, just to ensure supply can match demand. This, combined with the need to grow the capacity of our rail network and harness digital technology, means it is vital we equips young people today with the skills needed for tomorrow.

Why is inspiring tomorrow’s workforce important to Network Rail?

Work to inspire tomorrow’s workforce is a valuable way in which Network Rail is working towards the RSSB principles of ‘Putting rail in reach of people’ and ‘Being an employer of choice’, as well as ‘Supporting the economy’ through the opportunities offered to local communities.

What is Network Rail’s approach to inspiring tomorrow’s workforce?

The key factors involved in inspiring tomorrow’s workforce are education and communication. We educate young people on the diverse job opportunities on offer at Network Rail with the hope of encouraging a wider demographic of applicants. To achieve this, we engage with schools and youth groups to deliver talks around STEM careers and inspire people to consider Network Rail as an employer. Whilst this local engagement is typically undertaken by STEM ambassadors , full-time staff can engage with this activity on a voluntary capacity, through attending school assemblies and university recruitment fairs. Alongside this, Network Rail is partnered with the Barclays Life Skills programme, which aims to inspire and enable young people through promoting work experience opportunities. Through this scheme, Network Rail improves its recruitment transparency and widens the candidate demographic.

Use volunteer leave to inspire tomorrow’s workforce

Volunteering for local charities and community organisations is a good way to invest in local communities and improve your social impact. See the guidance note in the side-bar or visit for suggested volunteering opportunities.

If you work for Network Rail, visit connect/volunteering to find out more or email for further support.

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