The Trust is working in partnership with Network Rail on collaborative project called Budding Brunels Rail.

The programme adapts our industry-recognised Budding Brunels course to engage young people and communities along the Crossrail lines in East and West London.

The project’s aim is to develop industry awareness and employability skills for local young people, creating opportunities to feed into Network Rail’s apprenticeship and graduate schemes. Through working in a wide range of communities, including schools with a higher than national average percentage of students eligible for Free School Meals, and girls schools, we will also help to inspire a more diverse workforce.

Today was an excellent experience, the site visit and activities. You felt like an actual worker on the site. You don’t comprehend it when you’re sitting in a school or college and trying to study, you comprehend it when you see it in front of your eyes.
Tushant - Budding Brunels Rail student

The programme aims to raise awareness of the industry to over 1000 young people within schools and colleges surrounding the Crossrail works to develop a positive image of the industry and promote the wealth of professional careers available through Higher Education and apprenticeship routes. We will work with around 180 students interested in exploring what the industry could offer them.

Across 6 of our standard 3-day Open College Network accredited programmes, students will meet inspirational figures currently working in the industry in apprentice, graduate and senior roles and hear about the routes of progression the industry provides.

Students will also be given a unique opportunity to tour the major infrastructure works along the route whilst also developing their employability skills through a series of activities around interview skills and professional expectations. Each project will culminate in interviews with staff from Network Rail to select a number of students to move into valuable work experience opportunities with Network Rail.

A unique part of the Budding Brunels Rail programme is the development of a Budding Brunels Rail Club, an alumni network for participating students interested in pursuing a career in the industry. The Club will enable them to have a channel through which they can voice their experiences, receive newsletter updates, gain dedicated on-going careers advice and guidance and act as Trust ambassadors, engaging with future beneficiaries within their community to share experiences and promote the project.

For more information please contact the Budding Brunels team at

Case Study

  • Rute

    Engineering Student
    What are you studying?

    I study engineering and love it. I realised from young age that engineering is my passion and the Budding Brunels experience confirmed that.

    What were the highlights of your recent work experience placement?

    Firstly, it was a great fun. I had the chance to meet some very cool professionals. It was valuable and interesting as I was working for three days on site. Also, I was assigned to help professionals with some important projects, which led to a positive impact to the community. I strongly recommend it to everyone!

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