Supporting original equipment manufacturers, train and freight operators and national main contractors, Ganymede recruit across all stages of rail projects, including design and development, build and installation and testing and commissioning.
Our rail division is one of the leading suppliers of contingent labour services in the industry, supplying more than 1,500 onsite personnel to the rail industry across the UK. As a RISQS approved supplier, we provide fully qualified multi-disciplined personnel to work in partnership with our clients on national rail, underground and metro system projects.
PTS Track Operatives
Rail Operations & Engineering
Engineering & Maintenance
Design & Development
Overhaul & Refurbishment
Procurement & Supply Chain
Bids & Tenders
Design & Design Managers
Site Engineers & Site Managers
Site Supervisors & General Foremen
Systems & Infrastructure
IRSE Licensed Designers & Installers
OLE & Electrification Design Engineers
Electrical Project Engineers
Nominated & Authorised Personnel
£55000 - 55000 per year
Environmental Manager Hertfordshire Salary up to £55,000 per annum + Company Car or allowance + Healthcare Are you looking for your step into Environmental Management within the Rail Sector? The Company This leading Construction and Engineering organisation have offices located across the UK, continually winning contracts on prestigious projects within a range of sectors, such as Rail, Defence, Highways, Civil Engineering and Build. If you have the drive to be a keystone in the business progression, then please read on! The Role As the Environmental Manager, you will be providing support on a strategic and consultancy level, working with stakeholders in a wide range of rail projects across the UK. Providing investigations and assessments on environmental impact such as: noise, ecological, pollution and sustainability. An understanding of Network Rail standards is required. This role will also require your input, concerning all Environmental aspects, when tendering for new projects across the UK. About You Educated to Degree in a relevant Environmental field and Chartered member of IEMA. Excellent communicator and engaging with senior stakeholders within clients. Experience within Tier 1 or Consultancies on rail projects. Knowledgeable in all aspects of Environmental Management, including Ecology, Noise, Vibration, Pollution and Sustainability. With most projects within the London area, but you will need to be flexible to commute across the UK. Benefits Salary up to £55k, Company Car or Allowance available, 25 days holiday + bank holidays, Pension. If you’re interested in hearing more about the Environmental Manager position please click “APPLY” or send your CV to Natasha.Higgins@ganymedesolutions.co.uk Ganymede Solutions specialise in Rail, Infrastructure, Civil Engineering, Transportation and general Engineering recruitment on both a permanent and contract basis – for more opportunities like this one, visit our website
£300 - 320 per day
Site Manager £300 - £320 per day 2 Month Contract Birmingham Ganymede Solutions are proud to be working in partnership with a Principle Contractor, who specialise in Rail Civil Engineering Projects across the UK. Duties may include Producing all safety documents – Work Package Plans, Construction Phase Plans, Task Briefs Managing construction interfaces and holding regular review meetings with the contractors Reviewing and implementing an audit programme Managing design interfaces and holding regular review meetings with the design team Subcontract management Managing costs, targets and improvements Implementing change management that aligns with the contract and interfaces with risk management Managing risk and opportunity on each project Overall responsibility for the delivery of projects and programmes in line with the agreed budgets Monitoring and maintaining performance against KPI’s, developing improvement action plans and implementing changes Assisting in the preparation of budgets and estimating target costs Engaging with the commercial team on the procurement strategy, supplier engagement and estimating Managing the preparation of procurement and contract documents with the commercial and procurement team Producing hand back files Required Knowledge / Experience / Qualifications Rail bridge or footbridge replacement experience Ability to write and produce WPP, CPP & Task Briefs PTS and SMSTS Temporary Works Supervisor (ideally) If you are interested, please email a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07787 289 264 for more information. Ganymede Solutions specialises in Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Civil, Transportation and general Engineering recruitment on both a permanent and contract basis – for more opportunities like this one, visit our website. By applying you accept the terms of our Privacy Notice which can be found on our website.
£10 - 10 per hour
Resource Coordinator Temporary Contract (PAYE – rate dependant on experience) Ganymede specialise in recruiting the best technical and engineering talent and providing complete workforce solutions to help build and maintain infrastructure and transportation for a wide range of UK clients. We are looking for a Resource Coordinator to join our established rail team on a temporary basis in Doncaster. As Resource Coordinator, you will be responsible for fulfilling client requests with skilled contractors within specified timescales. You will act as a client liaison when needed and the ability to manage and maintain relationships is key to the role. You will need to have a Rail background and ideally worked in a Recruitment department either agency or in-house. You will need experience of using a variety of recruitment methods including recruiting via social networking sites and online advertising in addition to sourcing candidates directly. The successful Resource Coordinator will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following; Delivery Deploying labour in line with client orders Recruiting operatives via websites, recommendations, adverts and other sources Assessing operative’s knowledge, competency and experience and managing training needs where necessary Manage vehicle and fuel utilisation with the aim to minimise as much as possible Sales Maintaining strong relationships with clients, generating additional sales through following up leads that have been passed to you Attending sales/delivery/review meetings with the department Manager Sales administration, including time sheet and pay rate set up/management Safety and Compliance Carrying out site safety audits and ensuring all actions are completed in a timely manner Cascading all safety briefings to the workforce Ensuring all operatives have documented right to work in the UK proof and are sponsored by the company prior to deployment If you are interested in finding out more about this position, then contact our Talent Acquisition Manager, Rachael Bailey-Frost, today. By applying you accept the terms of our Privacy Notice which can be found on our website
Environmental Manager - Rail Division
£50000 - 55000 per year
Environmental Manager – Rail Division London An exceptional Tier 1 contractor have an unmissable opportunity for an Environmental Manager to join their rail division and assess the Environmental impacts on a series of rail projects nationwide. This position would be ideal for an experienced Environmental Advisor looking to make the next step in their career! The projects are based across the country with the largest chunk of them in the South East and London areas. The company’s years of experience and growth have earnt them a reputation within the infrastructure industry for high performance and innovation, meaning their employees thrive within the company’s environment. Job Duties: As Environmental Manager, you will oversee a team of advisors and play a key part in the progression of prestigious schemes within major clients. Day to day you will: Conduct assessments on environmental impact such as: noise, ecological, pollution and sustainability You will oversee initial investigation works and come up with innovative solutions at a strategic level You will be fundamental in achieving Permits at a senior level, working with stakeholder Managers and the Ops teams. This includes the achievement of approvals, permits to dig on land and assessing the environmental impact to the local community You will oversee projects from an inception to completion perspective You will inspect and implement policies on the companies existing portfolio of rail schemes. You will provide Environmental risk and strategy reports at a senior strategic level to clients and other external stakeholders. Ideal Candidate: You must be Degree qualified in a relevant Environmental field Chartered member of IEMA You will have a proven track record working as an Environmental Advisor or Manager within the rail industry. You will be able to work at strategic level, ideally with Tier 1 experience. You must be flexible for occasional site visits across the UK. Package: £50,000 - £55,000 basic salary per annum Company car or car allowance 25 days holiday + bank holidays Funded chartered membership Health Insurance Life Insurance Pension Apply directly or email your CV to Nicole Keeling at Nicole.email@example.com
£160 - 160 per day
SSOW Planner Rate: £160 per day (8 hours per day) Location: Doncaster Length of Contract: 3 Months Rolling Description: Working as SSOW planner for a rail contractor to actively ensure high standards are attained and continuously improved to assist in the planning of rail projects through identifying and securing the required possessions and work site access. Produce and check SSOW plans with appropriate planning, safety and performance measures applied. Book and confirm appropriate possession resources within timescales when required. Maintain accounts and detailed records of possession arrangements. Ensure that all resources hold appropriate qualifications and licences for the activities carried out. Responsibility for compliance with appropriate legislation and standards. To be considered for the position you must have: - Experience of the railway infrastructure business A proven track record of preparing all associated SSOW plans Valid SSOWP qualification Valid PTS Maintain databases, records and work scheduling systems Updating using Excel, Word and Explorer A full UK driving licence and your own transport Able to start on a week’s notice For more information call me today on 07787 289 264 or send your updated CV to firstname.lastname@example.org Ganymede Solutions specialises in Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Civil, Transportation and General Engineering recruitment on both a permanent and contract basis – for more opportunities like this one, visit our website: By applying you accept the terms of our Privacy Notice which can be found on our website.
£40000 - 45000 per year
Senior Engineer Birmingham An internationally renowned main contractor has an incredible opportunity for a Senior Engineer to work on a prestigious civils rail project with guaranteed work afterwards. Having already made their mark in several regions nationwide, the company are now expanding their workload into the West Midlands region which will see employees have exceptional career paths laid out in front of them. Duties: As Senior engineer, you will support the Site Manager and deputise for short periods when they are not available. You will be working on a multi-disciplinary, large rail scheme which will consist of structures, new platforms, S&T, OHLE, P-way and civils. Day to day your responsibilities will include: Implementing high standards of safety, quality and environmental including method statement briefings, site specific inductions and associated paperwork. Record any service damage. Produce and monitor detailed contract programmes in line with Planning Standards. Exhibit good knowledge of construction outputs. Writing and/or reviewing detailed complex method statements. Managing parts of the cost plan. Deputising for the Site Manager. Chairing meetings with the Customer, Designer, Sub-contractor, Supplier, and 3rd parties. Manage and write contractual letters/correspondence. Setting up and managing the office administration systems. Ordering and managing the installing of the site IT systems. Ideal Candidate: It is essential that you have a significant track record working on Rail/Civil engineering projects involving new station builds, bridges and major civils in a Tier 1 contracting environment. You must also have an HND/HND or Degree in Civil engineering. Package: up to £45,000 basic salary per annum Company car or car allowance 25 days holiday + bank holidays Funding and mentorship with professional memberships/chartership Pension Health Insurance Life insurance
Huddersfield Re-signalling Project
Ganymede was appointed by Babcock Rail to mobilise an experienced multi-disciplined civils team to help deliver the Huddersfield Re-signalling project. The project was initially put at risk due to a shortage of skilled civils personnel within the North West region. In order to complete the civils programme and to ensure that the deadline was met, at short notice Ganymede was appointed to mobilise additional experienced multi-disciplined civils teams. Client: Network Rail and BabcockDateOctober 2018Key Facts · Our client benefited from our dedicated workforce working to rigid deadlines so they could meet their delivery milestones. · The quality of resource provided was fundamental in the client being able to produce a high standard of installation work, this was crucial to maintaining handover deadlines. · Zero RIDDOR and lost time injuries were a key reflection of adding value to the client, this was demonstrated and enforced with our proactive and very professionally administered safety culture of Safety First, Safety Always. · Ganymede assisted by installing 40km of new routes for the project. Our SolutionBy supporting the project with 80 additional experienced competent site resources, Ganymede ensured the Huddersfield re-signalling project was delivered safely, effectively and within the expected timeframe. We proudly delivered a workforce solution that superseded the expectations of our client by working collaboratively with them at all stages of the project.Value AddedIn addition to our fully managed service and of the provision of competent and safety critical staff, Ganymede also added value to the client in the planning of the project. This project was very restricted with regards to both access and topography and our teams supported with both precision planning and execution.“Regarding works undertaken by the Ganymede gangs on my project H2B, I confirm that the ones I visited completed the works in a good manor and good standard and they were happy to engage in conversation to try to improve things.”Construction Manager, Siemens Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Safety Critical and OLE Skilled Staff - East West Rail - Bletchley Viaduct
The Bletchley Viaduct project is part of the new East West Rail line, providing new journey opportunities between central, southern and western England. Ganymede worked collaboratively alongside Volker Rail Specialist Business to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be completed safely and efficiently. ClientVolker Rail Specialist BusinessDateFebruary 2019 – May 2019Key Facts· Ganymede provided crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women to the Bletchley Viaduct project, part of the wider East West Rail Project· Ganymede supplied all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be successfully completed safely and efficiently.· With the Bletchley area having shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede was able to support the successful delivery of the project by using our nationwide skilled workforce.Our SolutionThroughout the project, Ganymede supplied and managed all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system and deliver the preliminary phase of the East West Rail Bletchley Viaduct project. Our continuous focus on Safety First, Safety Always, enabled us to deliver the project safely with zero accidents or incidents. Ganymede was able to advise and supply the client’s project team with competent and safety-focused personnel, ensuring we mitigated any risks and delivered the project on time and on budget.Value AddedWith the Bletchley area having a shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede supplied an efficient number of crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women from our nationwide workforce. A well-managed and cooperative workforce from London and Doncaster were assigned and relocated for the duration of the project. Ganymede dedicated an account manager who was responsible for ensuring all resource requirements were efficiently managed throughout the project. Due to Ganymede’s robust processes and logistical capabilities and commitment to keeping our workforce safe, we ensured that we managed and controlled fatigue levels throughout all stages of the project.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Oxford Corridor Project Case Study
Ganymede was appointed by Network Rail as the primary labour supplier for the Oxford Corridor Project to help deliver a package of schemes and improve the Great Western Route.The Great Western route is being modernised to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services. As both passenger and freight traffic through Oxford continues to grow, Network Rail is delivering a package of schemes including re-signalling, track remodelling and upgrades to increase capacity, connections and route availability for passengers and freight operators.The previous principal contractor for the Oxford Corridor project went into liquidation in 2018, consequently jeopardising planned operations at the time. Without an effective solution, the potential impact would have been operational delays, increased project costs, mass workforce redundancies and failure to meet key strategic project milestones.The Solution:With the involuntary change in the contract landscape, Network Rail became the principal contractor and formed the Western Enhancement Delivery (WED) division and Ganymede was appointed by WED as the primary labour supplier for the project.To enable a smooth integration within the 21-day time frame, Ganymede needed to win the hearts and minds of the incumbent workforce who were in turmoil with the uncertainty surrounding their positions. Equally, it required the creation of a new account management / resource team who could implement robust resource plans to meet the intended skilled labour uplifts for the duration of the project but, namely to meet the non-standard blockade programmed in four weeks after the resource contract was taken over by Ganymede.Key Facts:Ganymede integrated an incumbent workforce of over 60 individuals, completed relevant compliance checks, developed a training programme and provided a fleet of vehicles including telematics and driver induction/training, all within the project’s tight timescale of 21-days.Ganymede helped to deliver four successful commissionings over three blockades for a new track layout and signalling system. The project included a mixture of track and civil works including track renewals, station refurbishment, piling and end wall construction, demolition, track formation and acoustic barrier installation. At peak we were regularly deploying and managing over 150 personnel at the project in Oxford.All works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents. Including the delivery of a major 21-day blockade that required a 150% uplift of resources.Following on from the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continues to support Network Rail (WED) with resources on other projects.Value Added:An integrated Oxford delivery structure was created by key figures from Ganymede and Network Rail senior management team. The newly created dedicated account management team held a series of consultation events at the project depot. This helped allay any fears the project team had and introduced all the operatives to Ganymede. These events were pivotal in outlining the opportunities on the project, our plans as a business moving forward and the expectations from passengers.The programme involved a 21-day implementation time-frame for Ganymede to compliantly ensure the smooth integration of the incumbent workforce. Over 60 individuals were consulted and contracted to Ganymede resulting in no losses of any jobs. The Ganymede fleet department successfully sourced a large fleet of vehicles on to the project through our supply chain, ensuring business as usual from day one of the newly formed collaboration.As part of the staff transition / integration process and in preparation to the forthcoming planned blockade, we held a series of Safety Moment events. This enabled us to embed our safety culture, identify any skills gaps and develop a dedicated training programme.Fundamental to the blockade’s success, was the fact we ensured every shift had internal resource management or our safety team on site. Part of the process also included site update reports every 12 hours to the WED project team. The report outlined real time progress with information on planned work against programme, resource updates, safety close call reporting and resolution, safety status and potential contingency requirements.The ResultThrough a positive safety culture and a passionate resourceful attitude, the Oxford Corridor project was a major success. More importantly, all works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents, there were no overruns throughout the life of the project and all the works were delivered on time and within budget.Following on from the success of the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continue to support the WED project team with resources for their ongoing projects.“As you know we completed what we can only be described as a significant piece of work in the Oxford area. We delivered a major milestone in the project successfully and with very few real issues. The professionalism on the WED team has been excellence and the attitudes great. I’m really proud of what we have all achieved as a team and am really grateful to you all. On the Whole I’ve been really impressed with the Ganymede team in taking on the mantel since Carillion’s demise and supporting Network Rail with the continued delivery of the Oxford project. I’ve found everybody in Ganymede has wanted to help an support that delivery and resolve any issues quickly. You should all be really proud of this team, well done and thank you.” Senior Programme Manager, Western Enhancements Delivery – Network RailGet in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
AMCO Case Study
Ganymede were awarded a nationwide framework agreement for AMCO in April 2012, and were given a 7 day turnaround to become sole supplier for the safety critical resources for the LNE and East Midlands regions. In addition to this Ganymede had to procure key personnel who were identified by the AMCO senior management.The Solution:Ganymede have proved they have the skilled resources and management structure to find the necessary personnel required and work diligently alongside AMCO and our various other clients to ensure all objectives are met and no contract suffers as a result of peak requirements.Key Facts:Major projects have included the Hatfield Landslide, Hexham station refurbishment, Adwick le Street refurbishment, Claycross tunnel repairs, Skipton station refurbishment and Whitwell tunnel surveys.There is a continual variation in the resource requirements and this could range from 20 – 160 safety critical operatives of various disciplines weekly (Average 50-60).The Result:As a result of our success the business expanded fourfold in just over a year. Subsequently, the partnership is continually developing and we have now branched into the Western region namely the Southwest.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Babcock Rail (CLIP) Case Study
Ganymede, have succeeded in forging strong contract relations nationally, with Babcock Rail throughout their rail civils projects and plain line renewals contracts. Babcock is one of the principal contractors for plain line track renewals and delivers a multimillion pound programme of works to strict delivery deadlines, within a tight budget for Network Rail Infrastructure Projects. From our early contract, back in 2008 working on the Erewash project, to playing a major role in the implementation of the Contingency Labour Integration programme (CLIP). Ganymede has always prided ourselves on being a partner of choice and a trusted supplier.Client:Babcock RailChallenge:Both Babcock & Network Rail’s vision for CLIP was to deliver a self-sustainable experienced workforce that could deliver all the plain line renewals requirements throughout the peaks and the troughs within the predominantly weekend scheduled work programme. It was identified from the onset that this could only be achieved by a joint approach from the four core labour suppliers of contingent labour to Network Rail. Consequently, the brief was straightforward, Babcock were moving from their current supply chain and Ganymede alongside our partners were expected to cover the requirements of 300 plus operatives of varying skills within a four-week period.To make it work Ganymede’s role in CLIP was to assist Babcock in co-ordinating a series of high level and operational meetings so, all four core suppliers could facilitate and implement a deliverable integration programme for labour for the Babcock renewals programme in Wessex.Key Challenges:Change management programme – Integration of the new supply chainDisproportion in requirements, predominantly weekend onlySpike in the programmeUplift in DC third rail strapping teamsMaintaining a sustainable workforceFatigue managementSolution:Testimony to Ganymede’s industry knowledge and the trust shown by Babcock in our operational capabilities we were placed in a lead position alongside the Babcock resource team. We were tasked with identifying a sustainable split of work within the programme and implementing a robust deliverable programme of works across our supply chain partner’s that was in line with each of the company’s capabilities. We set about introducing a series of planning and review meetings to continually monitor progress through every stage of the programme. Following the planning meetings, and in agreement with each supply partner we compiled a comprehensive resource programme which was handed to the Babcock management team for verification and sign off.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Network Rail - Labour Supply Case Study
Ganymede’s initial partnership with Network Rail began in 1998 with only a small team of 15 workers in and around London. As a testament to the commitment, collaboration and subsequent success of this partnership, Ganymede have managed to continually grow year on year to become one of the largest suppliers of contingent labour to Network Rail. Ganymede is the primary supplier of contingent labour in the LNE North, Wales, Western and Wessex Regions and secondary supplier in the East Midlands region.We believe our success is down to a collaborative approach and the trust shown by Network Rail, who have always been very clear about their key objectives and their expectations of shared goals. Our ability to work in synergy with Network Rail to understand their critical core business needs and the capability to use this knowledge so, we could find the most effective solution for their labour requirements has helped build a mutual trust and interdependency between our two organisations. Because of this approach, we were proud to be awarded a long-term contract in 2015 as a primary supplier of contingent labour Network Rail, resulting in more than 1500 primary sponsored multi-skilled workers of all disciplines deployed nationally daily.Our solution involves the supply and management of a skilled and experienced workforce nationwide including the management of fleet, logistics, tools and equipment. We are involved in all aspects of the workforce management solution from initial recruitment and selection, through training, competency management, career development, planning and allocation along with on-site auditing of quality and health and safety performance.For Ganymede, it has always been about the people; our clients, our management teams & most importantly our skilled workforce. The industry knowledge of our management team and the experience of our core workforce have helped Ganymede gain recognition as an industry leader and innovator.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
National Apprenticeship Week 2021
National Apprenticeship Week 2021 Taking place across the country, National Apprenticeship Week showcases how apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds. Ganymede are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2021 to spotlight the amazing work done by our apprentices as well as to provide an insight into what the scheme involves.Apprenticeships are a great way to hit the ground running, learn relevant skills whilst also making a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation you are joining. On top of all this, you'll be earning whilst you learn and working towards receiving a qualification at the end of your scheme. If you are considering an apprenticeship but aren't sure what it might involve, we spoke to two of our apprentices, Andy Rowland and James Bacchus, to provide you with an insight into the Ganymede scheme: "Why did you want to do an apprenticeship?"Andy "I wanted to do an apprenticeship as I felt that I would gain more from it in the long run, as opposed to just paying for my PTS and trying to get work and progress on track that way. I believe that I will become more employable in the future with the experience, opportunities and tickets I have gained so far through the apprentice program." James "I chose the apprenticeship route as I realised what an opportunity it was and how many different tickets and qualifications I could achieve. As well as this, I also realised it was a great opportunity to help start a fantastic career within the railway.""What projects have you worked on with Ganymede?" Andy "So far, I have been involved in many Ganymede projects and have been putting to good use some of the tickets I have obtained, from using my Working at Heights to assist with a special project on a gantry where we were updating some safety railings, to operating the triple wacker on a big renewal job at Harrogate Station. I have also been involved in assisting the installation of a set of switches on the same job." James "I have been involved in a few different projects, such as full re rails to laying new tracks and troughing routes. I have also been a part of a specialist projects team who travel the country dealing with a variety of aspects such as signal improvements, signal renewals and putting new signals in. I have also been part of teams that were doing troughing routes, both taking out old trough routes and replacing with newer troughs and tidying them up, laying new cable to be installed into signals etc.""What have you learnt during your apprenticeship with Ganymede?" Andy "I feel that I am progressing well through the apprenticeship thus far, both with the theory and practical aspects. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to assist with work operations in a physical manor and contribute towards problem solving to get the job at hand completed within the set time scales." James "During my Apprenticeship with Ganymede I have learnt many different skills and roles since starting. I have learnt how to use and be competent with most of the small plant and hand tools that you will come across on the railway, as well as learning how to carry out a variety of different job roles such as troughing, laying and taking up track, sleeper changes laying new sleepers and digging them out correctly. As well as carrying out the civil side of the railway, such as clearing vegetation access improvements, cable pulling, troughing, signal improvements and laying new cables. I have enjoyed getting hands on and learning new skills whilst out on sites on jobs as well as working in different places all over the country.""What are your future plans in your career?" Andy "I'm looking forward to progressing further. I strive to always better myself, to become a valued employee, a key team player and hopefully resulting in me being requested to assist with future work operations and to work my way up within the industry."James "My future plans are to carry on learning throughout my apprenticeship and pick up as many skills as I can and to see what different job roles are out there. In doing so, I hope to find a certain role with in the railway which I enjoy and I can excel in and work my way up the ladder within this job role."If you would like to join a rail apprenticeship scheme or get more information on what the Ganymede apprenticeship entails, contact us for more information.
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Job in Rail Freight
Rail freight contributes £1.7bn to the economy and plays a huge part in reducing congestion and carbon emissions. Freight trains transport £30bn of goods each year, a quarter of which is made up of construction materials.The importance of a more sustainable environment paired with the potential rising cost of exporting post-Brexit means that rail freight usage is likely to increase significantly over the coming years.We’ve spoken to Maggie Simpson, Executive Director of the Rail Freight Group, about what a career in the sector is like and why you should consider rail freight when looking for your next role. Maggie’s 5 reasons why rail freight should be your next career choice are:1. You’ll support businesses right across the economyRail freight works for businesses in many different parts of our economy. We move retail products from warehouses to supermarket shelves and imported and exported goods to and from the ports. We carry a quarter of all the shipping containers that come into the country which can contain anything from the latest designer clothes and electronics, to car parts to scrap metal. We move stone and cement for the construction industry to help build the homes, schools and offices we all need. We move cars, petrochemicals, steel, waste, letters and parcels, aviation fuel and even shellfish. When you work in rail freight you really get to understand what makes our economy tick! 2. You help improve the environmentMoving goods by rail makes a significant contribution to the environment. Each of our trains can remove up to 76 lorries from road transport, even more for some of our longest and heaviest services. In doing so, we help reduce road congestion and thus improve road safety, and we produce 76% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent journey by road. However, the industry isn’t complacent, and we are working to see how we can further improve our emissions, with ‘auto start-stop’ technology now fitted to many locomotives to reduce fuel use. 3. You get to travel everywhereOur trains really do go everywhere! Rail freight services run over pretty much the whole network, for commercial customers or when we support Network Rail with engineering trains and seasonal services. From china clay services from Cornwall to supermarket products to Inverness, from containers from East Anglia to steel to South Wales we span the whole rail network, so you can travel across the country meeting customers and delivering services. 4. Investment in new services, facilities and technologyFreight train operators and our customers are investing and there are plans for even more. This includes new state of the art wagons and locomotives, rail linked terminals and technology and systems to revolutionise the business. We are always looking for new ideas too so if you bring skills from other areas there may well be a role for you too. 5. It’s fun!The rail freight sector can sometimes feel like a family, and people will always look out for each other. At Rail Freight Group we host a number of events to bring people together, including our famous Christmas Lunch for over 800 people. We’re making strides on gender equality, and opening up opportunities for apprentices and trainees. Why not take a look at what the sector can offer you?Rail freight jobsOpportunities in rail freight include jobs in engineering, maintenance, operations and many more. If you’re interested in finding out more about a career in rail freight or are looking for your next opportunity in the sector, view jobs below or contact us.CONTACT USVIEW JOBS
Rail Jobs: The Transferable Skills You Need to Work in Rail
This blog is perfect for engineers in another sector that are looking to get into the rolling stock industry, or Ex-Forces wanting to know more about working in rolling stock. We have outlined the four main transferable skills for rail that our clients look for during the recruitment process, so if you have ever questioned ‘what do I need to be an engineer in rail?’, keep reading to find out!It’s no secret that there is a shortage of skills in rail. In 2015, the government announced that it was launching 30,000 new apprenticeships to train the transport workers of the future. However, as the workload increases, the need for skilled workers has never been more evident. There are 4.7 million train journeys made each day in Great Britain, and this continues to increase. Rail passenger journeys are at their highest since the 1920’s, making it imperative that there are enough engineers employed in rolling stock maintenance to keep things running smoothly. Rolling stock refers to the vehicles used on the railway, and the industry presents a fantastic opportunity for those with transferable skills to launch a successful career working in railway technology.What do I need to work in rail?So, what are those transferable skills for rail? What do employers look for when hiring? And how can you start your career in an exciting and rapidly growing rail industry? 1. Engineering qualificationsRegardless of what industry you currently work in, you’ll be expected to hold a relevant qualification to be considered for a job within rolling stock. It’s best to focus on electrical instead of mechanical due to the change in technology on modern trains. Lindsay Warren, Principal Recruitment Specialist in rolling stock recommends: Electrical and Electronic Engineering (NVQ Level 3)Engineering Maintenance (NVQ Level 3)Railway Engineering (NVQ Level 3)2. FlexibilityRolling stock jobs, particularly contract/freelance, would expect a reasonable amount of flexibility. There are large operations taking place throughout the UK but it’s unlikely that the role would be on your doorstep and so you’d have to consider working away from home. Shifts can also include nights and unsociable hours, so flexibility is a must.3. Previous fault finding experienceIf you’ve worked in an in-depth fault-finding environment you could be a perfect match for rolling stock maintenance engineering. Finding a fault, identifying the problem, fixing it and then testing is highly desirable experience. Some of the industries this could be relevant to are: Armed Forces (REME, Royal Navy and RAF)AutomotiveAviation & AerospaceFactory Maintenance (production equipment including drives, motors, PLCs)4. AdaptabilityThe rail industry has changed massively over the years, the ‘boys club’ stigma of old is less prominent and the rolling stock environment is more diverse than it’s ever been. Technology is also shifting to modern electrical/electronic systems as part of the evolution towards a digital railway – these factors mean that you would need to be adaptable to change if moving from a different industry.Jobs in rail and rolling stockRail is growing at a rapid rate and it’s showing no sign of slowing down, so there’s never been a better time to consider rolling stock and rail engineering.Jobs in rolling stock engineering include Technicians, Testing and Commissioning, Electrical Fitters, Mechanical Fitters, and more senior positions such as Production Managers and Engineering Managers. Click below to view jobs in rail and rolling stock.VIEW JOBS IN RAIL
The Connect platform has given our candidates a unique opportunity to shine as well as allowing our clients to adopt a safe, efficient and effective process, resulting in higher quality hires at a lower hiring cost
Our team at Terex found the Ganymede Connect extremely helpful towards filling one of our recent vacant roles. The video software gave us the opportunity to be involved right from the beginning and have increased visibility and control of the shortlisting process. The video screening was not only super-fast and efficient but also made the whole experience a lot more personal and interactive. I would definitely recommend it for any business and candidates who want to make the most out of the process
Ganymede Connect makes the recruitment process so much easier. Having candidate interviews available to view remotely means the selection process becomes vastly more efficient. No longer do the Interviewers have to be together in one place, reducing the need to coordinate diaries. Candidate interviews can also be tailored to answer the specific questions relating to the assignment, making the selection process much quicker. Simply put, Ganymede Connect is a game-changer for staff recruitment