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Chance for graduates to join Europe’s largest construction project as new scheme unveiled

By Stuart Buss

Chance for graduates to join Europe’s largest construction project as new scheme unveiled
  • Crossrail Graduate Scheme is latest initiative to get young people into construction industry and address future skills shortages

  • Opportunity to work with world-class contractors, designers and engineers delivering Crossrail

  • Graduates will get practical training and work towards professional status to set them up for a range of future careers in a growing industry

The opportunity for graduates to join the largest construction project in Europe and help transform rail transport in London was announced today by Crossrail.

The Crossrail Graduate Scheme is a brand new programme offering graduates the chance to work alongside project management teams, contractors and designers delivering the Crossrail project. The scheme will start in 2013 with an intake of graduates each year for the next four years, recruited from courses in tunnelling, engineering, information technology, business management and administration.

The scheme is being launched to coincide with the university ‘milk round’ process and graduates can apply from 1 December 2012.

The first successful applicants will begin in autumn 2013 and will join a two-year programme undertaking a series of training and work placements to gain a range of experience and benefits including:

  • Working with some of the world’s leading contractors and engineers on the Crossrail project to help identify solutions to real problems;
  • Training in a project, commercial, finance or people management role as well as practical training at the Crossrail sponsored Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA);
  • Gaining expert knowledge of tunnelling and underground construction work – a growing sector that will equip graduates with the skills and experience to work on a range of future projects in the UK and abroad;
  • Graduates will work towards receiving professional chartered status in their relevant field;
  • Supervision and support from highly experienced engineers including a Personal Development Manager throughout the placement; and
  • Starting salary of £25,000 and excellent benefits including free travel in London.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s Chief Executive said: “Crossrail is transforming rail transport in London so this is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to join us and play a key role in delivering Europe’s largest construction project. Graduates will receive unique frontline experience on a major infrastructure project, picking up transferable skills that will open the door to a range of future projects and careers. The graduate scheme will help us develop the next generation of leaders in a growing industry where their skills will be in huge demand in future.  With a limited number of spaces available, we are looking for exceptional people to bring the talent and enthusiasm needed to help deliver this unprecedented project.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Crossrail already employs over 100 apprentices and is now set to provide an extraordinary opportunity for graduates fortunate enough to be selected for the new scheme. London is the place to be and the opportunity to work on a project that will change the face of transport in our great city is one that I am sure will whet the appetite of a horde of applicants. The skills developed by those who are selected should set them on course for hugely successful careers.”

Crossrail Minister Stephen Hammond said: "Crossrail is at an exciting stage of construction, and is providing thousands of employment opportunities for people right across the UK. This scheme is a great chance for young graduates to work alongside world class contractors, designers and engineers and gain invaluable experience as they begin their careers.”

Full information about the Crossrail Graduate Scheme is available online at

Graduates can apply to the scheme between 1 December 2012 and 31 January 2013. Interviews will then take place before the first successful applicants begin the programme in autumn 2013. There will then be further opportunities for graduates to apply to the scheme over the next four years.


For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

Notes to editors:

Full details about the Crossrail Graduate Scheme are available at and on Twitter @crossrailjobs

With an unprecedented level of tunnelling and underground construction work due to take place in the UK over the next decade, the Crossrail Graduate Scheme is one of a number of initiatives set up to help address future construction skills shortages, get young people into the industry and maximise the opportunity for people along the Crossrail route to work on the project. Other major initiatives include: 

TUCA: The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy near Ilford opened in September last year. TUCA was built with funding from Crossrail and the Skills Funding Agency to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of people with the skills to work safely in underground construction to satisfy industry demand.

Crossrail Brokerage: Crossrail works in partnership with Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to deliver a job brokerage service to recruit for roles across the supply chain. The brokerage supports contractors in providing local people with opportunities to work on the project

Apprenticeships: Crossrail is committed to delivering 400 Apprenticeships through its supply chain over the lifetime of the project. Crossrail contractors are obliged to employ apprentices and support their learning via contractual requirements.

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.