News Network Rail Launch Project Management Course

Network Rail is launching a new development initiative – a master of science (MSc) in project management.Network Rail recently became one of the first three companies in the UK to be given awarding body status by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Tailored specifically for Network Rail, the one-year postgraduate course is being run in partnership with University College London (UCL) and the University of Warwick, which are the awarding bodies.

Designed to attract and develop future project managers, the company will sponsor 80 students through a fully funded course starting in September this year.

The course will include Network Rail-specific modules and as part of their study students will work alongside experienced Network Rail project managers to build practical skills. This initiative is designed to complement the other project management skills development available internally and to help provide a world-class training scheme.

Network Rail will pay for the course fees, cost of accommodation and a bursary. After successful progress on the programme, the students will then join Network Rail in project management positions.

Simon Kirby, Network Rail’s director, infrastructure investment said: “In the next five years we will be delivering over £20bn worth of projects as we seek to build a bigger and better railway. To do this we need high-calibre people and this groundbreaking scheme will attract those to rewarding careers at Network Rail.”

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