A cross-industry internship scheme is being launched by Network Rail to help up to 100 graduates gain local experience in the rail industry. 27 companies are taking part to provide ‘Track and Train’ for students.

The 18-month scheme will take place in three parts, with one month at Network Rail and the other two at another company or operator within the rail industry. The paid internship is being funded by Network Rail and seeks to help recruit young people into rail.

Typical roles will be in network operations, station and train teams, customer service, sales and marketing, route strategy, asset management and project management. There will not be roles in corporate functions such as finance, IT or engineering, where the industry has bespoke graduate schemes already in place.

Patrick Butcher, Network Rail’s group finance director, responsible for the scheme, said: “We know that there are many smart, talented individuals out there that haven’t had their break yet and as a growing industry we can work together to provide challenging, valuable and paid work experience to kick start their careers.

“What sets this scheme apart is those involved will work across the rail industry and by linking it all together, develop a fantastic knowledge and understanding of the challenges we all face and the opportunities for the future.”

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: “Transport is a key driver of growth, so this is a great practical scheme which will help the rail sector support growth and jobs. We want to encourage talented young people from all backgrounds to work in an exciting and vibrant sector.”

Graduates can apply until Friday 27 January 2012 at www.trackandtrain.org.uk

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