There are many…Routes into Rail

RRUKA is proud to support and be part of the Routes into Rail group.


What is Routes into Rail?

The ‘Routes into Rail’ group was set up in February 2014 as a sub-group of the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) Industry Promotion Steering Group (IPSG) in order to help facilitate the implementation of the overall rail promotion strategy set by the IPSG. Its members are: IMechE, IRSE, PWI, REF, RRUKA, RSSB, YRP; supporters include: ATOC, Network Rail, NSARE and Women in Rail.


Supporting the next generation of rail professionals

The initial focus of the group’s work has been on attracting students from UK universities, with a particular emphasis on engineering, where the rail industry faces a significant shortage of skilled people.

The 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 GB rail industry and
  • Promote the message that a career in the growing rail industry is exciting, challenging and rewarding, with many opportunities for bright and able people.


Tools and activities 

Routes into Rail has been working on three initiatives so far:

  • A promotional video, showcasing the rail industry and the wide range of career choices it offers.
  • A Joint University Presentation Programme (JUPP), which consists in young professionals visiting universities where they will give presentations to undergraduates with the objective of encouraging them to consider the rail industry as a career.
  • A Rail career website, a “shop window” to provide easy access to information for anyone interested in working in the rail industry.


Find out more…

Routes into Rail will host a dissemination event about its activities on 29th October (4 – 6pm, drinks reception to follow) at the ATOC offices (Google map link).

Visit the event page.

Routes into Rail_Programme (403MB pdf file)


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