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.