We connect talented Graduates with incredible opportunities, to benefit these young engineers today and our industry tomorrow.

flagThis program is currently only available in the UK. 

The rail industry needs more engineers, so we proudly invest in the training and development of graduates every year. In association with the IET, IMechE, ICE and CILT, our accredited scheme is the fastest route to Chartered status. 

Our graduates work on real-life projects from day one for a variety of our clients. Each graduate is assigned a Chartered Engineer as a mentor and a second-year graduate as a buddy in order to support them on their journey. The graduates gain valuable experience and a network of contacts, and our industry gains more highly-trained engineers. 

If successful, BEng candidates will be required to undertake a work-based MSc in Professional Engineering to become Chartered. This qualification will be sponsored by SNC-Lavalin. We will consider applicants who may require work permits, but we cannot guarantee acceptance and offers will be subject to approval from the Home Office. The recruitment process for 2018 is now closed.

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Ben Sutcliffe 

1st Floor
SNC-Lavalin House,
2 Roundhouse Road, Derby,
DE24 8JE, UK

Induction, courses and placement



Graduates undertake a four-week induction, which is comprised of the following: 

Week 1 – Induction Week

Learning about the business, the scheme, meeting mentors and teams, and attending a personal track safety course.

Week 2 – Team Building Week

Volunteer work on a heritage railway along with team building activities.

Weeks 3 & 4 

UK Rail Systems course, which includes traction and rolling stock, infrastructure, rail control systems and an introduction to the UK rail industry.


The following courses help graduates to develop the skills needed to become a well-rounded engineer and an assignment manager. The design-and-make project* tends to support the graduates’ entry into IMechE Railway Challenge.

Carried out at SNC-Lavalin

  • Presentation Skills Course
  • Report Writing Skills Course
  • Leadership Skills 

Carried out at a dedicated college

  • Workshop Practical Skills Course
  • *Design-and-Make Project


In order to support their development, graduates will undertake a number of placements during the scheme.

Internal Placements - Graduates receive assignment management experience within SNC-Lavalin's headquarters and regional offices. These placements include work for clients and internal projects, and are carried out in a number of areas including Design, Asset Management and Maintenance, and Specialist Engineering teams. 

External Placements - Two depot placements and one manufacturing placement should be completed. This gives the graduates firsthand experience of maintaining and overhauling rail vehicles, and allows a more complete understanding of the industry.

Meet our graduates


Our team would be pleased to meet you at any of the following events.

2018 schedule to be confirmed.

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