Engineering Passport Scheme

The Engineering Passport Scheme is a Railway Division initiative, set up to enable graduate, young and developing engineers to gain industry experience in a variety of companies.

The scheme will facilitate placements offering a range of types of railway experience and enable candidates to enhance their competence profile. This can be particularly helpful if seeking registration with the Engineering Council as a professional engineer, developing competencies as part of an IMechE-accredited MPDS development scheme or if engineers wish to develop skills or gain experiences not available in their usual employment, as part of their CPD. 

The success of the scheme depends upon the determination of the candidate engineers and the commitment of senior engineering managers of the companies involved in the scheme. Rail companies are encouraged to use this network to facilitate a flexible approach in promoting exchanges of candidate engineers. 


The passport scheme has been developed in response to the decline in industry wide engineering management training opportunities following the restructuring of the railway industry after privatisation. 

It is widely felt that the training schemes currently available can offer only limited experience as many companies have become more specialised. Young engineers are often not being given the opportunity to experience engineering across the whole industry. 


  • Enhanced skill base of graduate engineers
  • Increased recruitment and retention of graduate engineers
  • Promotion of good industrial relations
  • Sharing of ideas and best practice

The passport scheme will allow graduates to gain exposure to a wide range of specialist fields in the railway to increase their knowledge and skills and aid them in their pursuit of chartership.

To access the database please use the following link:

Engineering Passport Scheme

To assist you with the process of the passport scheme the Railway Division have produced an example of an exchange agreement between a graduate and company. To view this agreement please follow the link:

Passport Scheme Agreement

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