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Network Rail offers young people jobs support through Barnardo's partnership

Release Date: 11 Apr 2018

At least 150 young people looking to move full steam ahead into the workplace will be given advice by rail industry employees as a partnership between Network Rail and Barnardo’s enters its final year.

More than 50 young people have been given careers advice since Barnardo’s was named as Network Rail’s Charity of Choice in 2016, and another 150 care leavers and students in Barnardo’s Education, Training and Skills services are set to benefit as the programme picks up speed between now and March 2019.

To help plan for career workshops across the country, Network Rail’s Chief Executive Mark Carne and colleagues visited Barnardo’s Redbridge Leaving Care Service in east London on Thursday, April 5, to understand the challenges young people face when moving towards independent living and finding employment.

Career workshops with young people are planned in Birmingham, Bradford, Newcastle, Brighton, Basingstoke, and Glasgow over the coming months.

Josh Ward, a Project Leader in Network Rail’s Capability and Development team, designed the sessions after experiencing first-hand the difficulties facing young people who are looking to gain work experience and enter the world of employment.

Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said:

Every child should be able to look to the future with hope. It’s been good to come here and see first-hand the work Barnardo’s does to build self-belief in young people who may not always recognise their transferable life skills or have many positive role models to aspire to.   

Our employees chose Barnardo’s as our charity of choice. As well as fundraising for the charity, our people volunteer their time assisting in activities such as CV workshops, providing young people with opportunities and skills that can enable them to transform their lives.

As a company we work hard to engage and improve the lives of those in communities surrounding the railway and partnerships such as this with Barnardo’s help us to achieve that aim.

Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, said:

Once again I’d like to thank Mark and his team for their ongoing commitment to the children and young people who are supported by Barnardo’s. Our partnership with Network Rail is having a real and lasting impact on young lives, and it’s fantastic to know that many more young people are set to benefit from expert careers advice over the next 12 months.

Barnardo’s partnership with Network Rail was launched in October 2016 and since that time it has raised £150,000 to support the charity’s work with children, young people and families across the UK.

Nearly 500 Network Rail employees have volunteered almost 4,000 hours of their time, helping out at Barnardo’s retail stores, supporting play schemes and sharing skills with young people, volunteers and Barnardo’s workers.

Information about Barnardo’s work has also been displayed at 18 mainline stations in England and Scotland, including all major stations in London.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or email

Picture caption: Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, and colleagues Josh Ward and Charlotte Edmondson visited Barnardo’s Redbridge Leaving Care Service to understand the challenges facing young people who are leaving care.


Barnardo’s has helped transform the lives of millions of disadvantaged children in the UK, and continues to help families to build a better future. In 2016/17 more than 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.. Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605.

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