The one-stop-shop for rail careers, funded by industry employers.

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Routes into Rail is a sector initiative to provide a single source of advice and information on rail industry careers.

Routes into Rail provides a single source of advice and information on careers offered in the rail industry. It aims to inspire and educate new talent – providing information to people of all ages on the variety of entry pathways available and showcasing, through multimedia content, that rail has a job and a career for everyone.

NSAR is the driving force behind Routes into Rail on behalf of the rail industry. NSAR’s role is to find new and exciting ways to engage with students and career changers and promote rail industry careers via the website, social media channels and various other platforms.

About Routes into Rail

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Why is Routes into Rail important?

The rail industry is facing pressing skills shortages.

  • The demand for talent has increased, caused by significant government investment in rail projects.
  • The current supply of talent has decreased – caused by an ageing workforce and the number of apprentices being trained not keeping up with demand.
  • Nearly 50,000 rail industry employees are expected to retire by 2030.

This means attracting new people – of all ages – into the sector is vital. Routes into Rail aims to inspire new talent by providing information and advice on rail careers, opportunities, skill requirements and real-life examples of what it’s like to work in rail.

Get involved!

Become a funder

Routes into Rail was set up to be a collaborative venture for the benefit of the whole industry. We offer a range of annual funding options to ensure organisations of every size can be involved.

Don't miss out on being represented as a key rail employer when Routes into Rail promotes the rail industry and rail opportunities across the UK.

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