Thursday 19 Aug 2004

** ENGINEER YOUR WAY TO A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE ** 7000 GOOD REASONS TO CHOOSE A CAREER WITH BRITAIN’S RAIL INDUSTRY

Region & Route:
South East
Anglia
Wessex
Eastern
Southern
School leavers in Network Rail’s Wessex area (Hampshire, Surrey and parts of Berkshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset) are being offered a direct route into a career in railway engineering, a professional qualification and an income of over £7000 each year during study. A foundation degree course has been developed by Network Rail and its industry partners to bring high calibre staff into the industry, who can develop the skills required for rebuilding Britain’s railway.  Peter Henderson, Network Rail Director of Projects and Engineering, “Over the next five years £26bn will be invested in the rail network – that’s £14m every day – to be spent rebuilding Britain’s railway.  We need the most talented, high calibre people to join us for a career in engineering.  “This course is the ideal opportunity to join the rail industry and get paid to study.  Contact us now if you are enthusiastic, ambitious and looking for an exciting and rewarding career on the railway”  The two-year programme is ideally suited to people who have completed their A levels, and it combines academic studies and practical work experience.  There is also the option of topping up the foundation course with another year’s study, which will earn a B.Eng honours degree. 

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