Inspiring the next generation of rail engineers

Our recruitment is expanding as our business grows and matures. On average we recruit new graduates for the company every 12 months and these opportunities are advertised on our website, showcased at recruitment fairs and other forums for graduate engineers. Although we may recruit throughout the year, our annual graduate recruitment period runs from June – August.

Inspiring the next generation of rail engineers

We recognise the importance of sourcing and retaining fresh talent in a growing organisation and our graduates are encouraged to bring new ideas, innovation and new ways of working to the business.

We also know that the engineering sector faces a skills shortage, mainly caused by skilled workers retiring and misconceptions of the industry as barriers to entry. We aim to combat this by engaging with younger people through traineeships, apprenticeships and learning programmes to encourage a career within the exciting world of engineering.

Several of our team members are STEM Ambassadors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) who get involved in a huge range of activities, which can all have an impact on young people’s learning and enjoyment of STEM. Graduates are encouraged to become involved in similar initiatives and become ambassadors for Hitachi Rail Europe.

The recruitment process

For all of our engineering roles we are open to applications from a diverse range of candidates and welcome applicants with a relevant engineering degree (minimum 2.2). Ideally you will have some form of engineering related work experience, although this is not mandatory. All applicants must be able to work and communicate effectively in the English language.

The interview process takes place in three stages:

1. Online assessments are used in the first instance to assist in creating a shortlist of the most promising applicants

2. The second stage is a presentation delivered by each interviewee presenting their CV and some material from their education programme

3. The final element is a practical assessment where the interviewee is required to build or assemble a project and then discuss it in the concluding presentation

If you are accepted onto our graduate scheme, an exciting and varied path awaits you where you will work across many of our teams getting to experience every aspect of how a train goes from storyboard and design, to running a daily passenger service.

All developing engineers will receive:

  • An industry-leading salary and benefits package
  • Guidance from a mentor
  • Opportunity for personal professional development
  • On-going assessment from a professionally registered engineer
  • Assistance with your professional registration application
  • A scheme accredited by the Engineering Council