Routes into Rail


What is Routes into Rail?

RiR_Logo_2017The aim of Routes into Rail is to develop tools and initiatives in order to help the rail industry (rail operators, infrastructure managers, rail supply chain):

  • Increase the pool of talented candidates available to the Great Britain rail industry
  • Promote the message that a career in the growing rail industry is exciting, challenging and rewarding, with many opportunities for bright and able people.




  • Rail Week will celebrate the diverse and rewarding career opportunities available across the rail sector. The dedicated week of activity aims to address the skills shortage in rail-related roles and inspire a generation of young people through a series of events, visits and talks. The events for people at schools, colleges and universities aim to encourage them to consider careers in our great industry. Rail Week will also include a widespread schools outreach programme, facilitating ambassadors to get into the classroom and deliver inspirational activities designed for Rail Week.

Rail Week 2017

  • To attract students from UK universities, with a particular emphasis on engineering, where the rail industry faces a significant shortage of skilled people the following video has been developed:

Routes into Rail Board

Routes into Rail has a board set-up to act as the strategic steering and coordination board for sector Promotion & Attraction and Recruitment & Retention activities as part of the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan, including addressing potential funding required for activities.

Routes into Rail will form part of the governance structure that has been put into place to manage the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan (see diagram below).



RiR board have representation from the following organisations:

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The Terms of Reference for the Routes into Rail board can be found here.