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Is it easy to a get job in railway?

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At PPR recruitment, the rail sector, is one of our most longstanding fields of expertise. Indeed, we are now preferred partners of many rail networks including Network Rail, Crossrail and HS2. With the rail network being the heart of the UK’s infrastructure, we investigate the industry in more detail, and explore how easy it is to secure work.

How do I get a job in railway?

The first step in securing a position in railway, is to register with a recognised 5*RISQS railway recruitment company, such as PPR. Once registered with us, you will have a profile and membership number set up on the Rail Sentinel System. Without a Sentinel identity card, you will not be able to work on the rail infrastructure across the UK.

Do I have to undertake any training to secure a position in railway?

To work on the rail, you will need to be a minimum of 16 years of age and hold a National Insurance Number. You will need to meet the medical standards of Network Rail Standard NR/L2/OHS/00124 Competence Specific Fitness Medical Requirements, and the requirements of Network Rail Standard NR/L1/OHS/051 (Drugs & Alcohol). You will also need accreditation for various competences. For example, if you want to work on London Underground sites you will need to complete Industry Common Induction. If you want to work on the National Rail Infrastructure, then you must have completed Personal Track Safety course.

If you wish to widen your skillset, additional training courses are available, such Docklands Light Railway and Overhead Lines Electrification Courses – OLEC 1, 2 and 3.

What type of positions are available within the railway industry?

The railway sector offers a wide range of positions, and the potential to continue to develop your career further. Commonly held positions include:

  • Track maintenance operative
  • Overhead line operative
  • Electrical operative
  • Traction and rolling stock operative
  • Signalling operative
  • Telecoms operative

Your work will involve, assisting with the construction, installation, renewal or enhancement of The Railway. The key focus of your daily work is to ensure the safety of passengers, staff and freight.

If you’re considering a career in rail or you’re looking for your next railway position, PPR can help. For more information about our current rail vacancies or to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team, contact us today. Call us on 01895 80 81 88 or send us a message online.