About Crossrail

Crossrail was established in 2001 to promote and develop vital transport links to meet the needs of people and businesses throughout South East England. It is an ambitious new railway that currently employs over 10,000 people, and this will rise to around 14,000 during the height of its production from 2013 - 2015.

Crossrail needs you

Europe’s largest infrastructure project has revealed that almost a third of Crossrail Ltd jobs are filled by women, compared to just 20% of job roles across the UK construction industry.

It is seeking to boost the representation of women working in construction, particularly in engineering roles where the UK has the lowest representation of women of any European country, with just 8.5% of engineers women.

Crossrail has joined forces with MyKindaCrowd to call all females aged 14-19 to help recruit the next generation of women Engineers.

Career Pathways


Crossrail is committed to delivering at least 400 apprentices over the lifetime of the project. They already have over 280 apprentices working on Crossrail at site offices and worksites across London.

It is not just about delivering a world-class new railway, it is about leaving a lasting skills legacy for the industry. The apprentices working across the project today highlight the rewards of investing in high-quality skills training. Crossrail are determined to give young people a foot up and the opportunity to learn a trade on a unique project. They are passionate about leaving a legacy of a skilled workforce that will support the UK construction and engineering industries for decades to come.

Crossrail is employing apprentices in a wide range of trades and professions from construction to accountancy, quantity surveying to business administration. They have even developed new apprenticeship frameworks in tunnelling and sprayed concrete operations.


The Crossrail Graduate Scheme offers graduates the opportunity to play a key role in Europe’s largest construction project.

The programme lasts for two years during which you will undertake structured placements whilst working towards your professional chartered status.They are looking for graduates from a range of engineering and business disciplines.

You will work alongside project management teams, contractors and designers on real problems and help to identify appropriate solutions.

You will work with some of the world’s leading tunnelling engineers and develop a deep knowledge of this exciting sector, offering you an excellent platform from which to launch your future career.

There will also be a chance to get involved in volunteering. There is a range of opportunities to volunteer at Crossrail including speaking at schools, colleges and universities, supporting young people in their career aspirations towards university and apprenticeship programmes.


The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) is a purpose-built training facility that supports the key skills required to work in tunnel excavation, underground construction and infrastructure.

By building and establishing TUCA, is contributing to the development of new qualifications and Health and Safety standards across the industry.

Crossrail is working with industry, professional bodies and other organisations with a requirement for skilled underground workers, to ensure that the facilities and training at TUCA are aligned with the needs of the industry.

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