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.
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£14 - 14 per hour
Administrative Assistant Contract Length: - 3 months rolling contract Location: - Peterborough Rate: - £14 per hour PAYE Role Description A vacancy has arisen for an Administrative Assistant to join a main contractor that specialises in Rail, Construction and Civil Engineering. You will be expected to work Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 15:00, 35 hours per week. Duties and responsibilities may include:- Making and recording orders Calculating project costs using Excel Inputting weekly timesheets Sending out weekly and monthly reports Carrying out checks on fire and safety equipment Scanning and filing site delivery and collection documents Emailing briefing documents to relevant parties General filing, scanning and other administration duties Required experience Excel Word Microsoft Office / Emails Methodical and thorough approach to work Excellent time management Available to start immediately If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV to email@example.com 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. Ganymede is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation
£15 - 15 per hour
PTS Labourer required asap If you have a valid PTS, I need to hear from you now!!! My client requires a PTS Labourer to work around the Plymouth area on a reactive maintenance framework for 2-3 months. The shift pattern is 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and the pay is £15 per hour (umbrella) for midweek days, £16 per hour for midweek nights and £17.50 per hour for weekends. If you are interested and you can start asap, please call 07787 289264 or forward your 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 Ganymede is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation
£20000 - 22000 per year
Recruitment Administrator (FTC Maternity Cover) Based in Doncaster (S63 5DE), with Agile working policy and some travel required Up to £21,000 Ganymede are looking for a Recruitment Administrator to join our rail recruitment team in Doncaster, on a fixed term maternity cover contract. Joining an established and successful rail recruitment team, you will be responsible for managing the team’s administration as they fulfil contract requirements for a variety of rail clients. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a highly operational team and gain exposure to a variety of different activities. The successful individual will be experienced in working in a similar role/environment, be detail-oriented and be a confident communicator. The role of Administrator will include, but not be limited to: General telephone and e-mail queries Document generation Complex data entry Inputting of information to the companies CRM Contact with internal and external parties Chasing of key documentation Ordering of PPE and other equipment as required Arranging Alcohol and Drugs tests The ideal candidate will be: Experienced in administrative duties in a corporate environment (ideally recruitment) IT Literate – including MS Office – Outlook, Word Excel Enthusiastic about providing a first-class customer experience Inclined to take full ownership of our processes and ensure they are implemented correctly Highly literate and numerate Confident when liaising with both internal and external points of contact Get in touch with our Talent Manager Rachael Bailey-Frost today to find out more about this opportunity. Ganymede is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation
£300 - 300 per day
Ecologist Rate: £300 a day inside IR35 Contract Length – 6 Months Location: Glasgow As the Ecologist you will be working within a Rail environment on Rail infrastructure projects. You will be working closely with site teams and supervisors to help assess each project and their ecological needs and understand if there is anything invasive in that area, then providing advice and suggestions on how to deal with each situation. Your duties will include; Assessing outputs of environmental assessments and reviewing the data from the environmental assessments. Ecologist site visits to ascertain the situation and understand what is needed, this may include trough routes and under Rail furniture. Assessing whether a licence is required, and then specifically which licence is required. Applying for licences from Natural England You may be expected to provide advice on: - Japanese Knotweed Hogweed Great crested Newts Badgers As this is a Rail environment it is imperative that this person holds a PTS, or as a minimum has the capacity to go through their PTS. The right person will have extensive experience working with / dealing with Natural England and be extremely familiar with the application process for licences. Employer Profile: My client is a main contractor dealing nationwide across several divisions in the heavy civil engineering sector. With projects varying in size up to 50million across the UK this company is constantly growing and expanding in both complex projects and levels of expertise needed to deliver. If you are interested in applying for this role, please forward your CV to email@example.com or call 07787 289264 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. Ganymede is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation
Project Manager / Senior Agent
£45000 - 55000 per year Company car
Role: Project Manager/Senior Agent Location: East Midlands Salary: up to £55,000 + Company Car or Car Allowance Start Date: As soon as possible “Rare opportunity to join a well known civil engineering contractor who are well on track with an ambitious growth plan to increase their rail department's turnover within the next 4 years” Role Description: After expanding their portfolio of capabilities in 2020, my client, a well established multinational civil engineering contractor, are looking to add to their team by bringing on a Project Manager/Senior Agent to work directly for the Head of Civils on multiple schemes across Rail, Highways and Construction. The client has an existing work bank that requires day to day Project Management and after bringing on board someone to fill this role, will be looking to build on this with plenty of projects at tender stage. The role will be a hybrid between home working, visits to the offices in the midlands and travel across the UK to various sites as and when requires. Remuneration: On offer is a competitive salary of up to £55,000 (depending on experience) + company car or car allowance, 25 days annual leave + 8 bank holidays, remote working, pension contribution, private healthcare + additional benefits alongside an opportunity for career growth and development. Required Experience: To be considered for this opportunity you will need to have experience operating as either a Project Manager, Construction Manager, Site Agent or similar with a proven ability to manage the delivery of a portfolio of projects. Whether experienced in Rail, Highways or Construction, you must have worked on civil engineering projects. How to apply: If you meet the criteria above then please click apply or send your CV to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, if you are on the fence and want some more information, please call me for a confidential chat on 07884 475212 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. Ganymede is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation
£300 - 300 per day
Site Supervisor £300 per shifts PAYE / UMB 2 weeks Carlisle Role Description The Site Supervisor role includes: Overseeing the workforce on site including sub-contractors Working to method statements Amending risk assessments and site paperwork where required Ordering of plant and materials Site diaries Toolbox talks Role Requirements Proven Site Supervisor Civils experience Valid COSS ticket Holder of a SSSTS or SMSTS Certificate First Aid Computer literate (Word and Excel) Able to work days, nights and weekends Available to start on the 31st January 2022 Driving licence and own car Employer Profile: The organisation operates across the UK specialising in Rail, Construction and Build projects. This company is constantly growing through major projects and frameworks. If you are interested in applying for this role, please forward your CV to email@example.com or call the rail team on 07787289264 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. Ganymede is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation
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
CP6: What do the Next 5 Years Mean for Rail?
April 2019 marked the launch of Network Rail’s Control Period 6. Often referred to as CP6, the strategic business plan outlines all rail projects, works and improvements to be delivered between 2019 and 2024.The number of rail journeys taken per year has doubled in the last 20 years, and it’s anticipated that passenger numbers will increase by 40% by 2040. Although this substantial growth is great news for Britain and its economy, it’s imperative that work is done to accommodate the increase in demand.Network Rail awarded more CP6 contracts in January 2019 and BAM Nuttall, AMCO, Osborne and QTS are amongst the companies chosen to complete the renewals and enhancements.What’s Happening in Network Rail’s CP6?Network Rail’s CP6 plan covers the whole of the UK and focuses on four key responsibilities – to run a safe, reliable, efficient and growing railway. Some of the headline numbers of the CP6 plan include 7,000 new carriages by 2021 that will provide over 6,400 new services.With this, Network Rail have targeted a 15% decrease in delays and improvement works to 178 stations that combined will result in a much better experience for passengers. The high-level summary of the plan says:“The new carriages will mean the retirement of some of the oldest trains on the network with rolling stock that has more seats, Wifi, power points, improved accessibility, and air-conditioning. As well as a smoother, quieter ride, there will be technology on the new carriages that can detect potential faults on the railway, meaning we can fix problems before they cause disruption to passengers.”The new and improved rolling stock will be provided by 11 train operating companies including Govia Thameslink Railway, ScotRail, Northern Rail and South Western.It’s estimated that £47bn will be spent during CP6 and in February Network Rail revealed more information on the funding plans for specific routes. The London North Western route is receiving the greatest proportion of funding, with £5.8bn planned for maintenance and renewals in the next 5 years to prepare for increased demand in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester following HS2.The CP6 Frameworks are split between structures and building and enhancement. Structural improvements planned include over and under bridge renewals, coastal defences, tunnel works, and footbridge renewals. Building and enhancements are to include new stations, platform works, level crossing works and new depots. All of this work is designed to create a more reliable and sustainable railway and ultimately improve passenger experience.CP6 Jobs and Jobs in RailLooking for a new rail job? Ganymede is a rail recruitment agency, working closely with tier 1 contractors to recruit for CP6 across civil engineering and commercial. Roles available include Project Managers, Site Agents, Senior Engineers, Commercial Managers, Quantity Surveyors, and many others.To see a full list of our current rail jobs, click the button below.VIEW JOBS IN RAIL
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