Young Rail Professionals works closely with a number of organisations to help bring our members the most relevant opportunities and to deliver initiatives to promote the rail industry. We have collaboration agreements in place with a number of organisations who help us to expand our reach, and work also with not-for-profit organisations, professional institutions, and industry working groups. All organisations with whom we collaborate are listed below. If you would like to know more about how we engage with them please contact the YRP External Relations Manager in the YRP Committee.

Commercial collaborators

YRP has collaboration agreements in place with the following organisations to support our on-going activities.

  • University of Birmingham, Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education
  • Rail Alliance The Rail Alliance is a business-to-business networking organisation for the rail industry. It provides members with impartial information and advice whilst signposting the wide range of assistance that is available. To build a strong and sustainable organisation, the Rail Alliance actively engages with its 400+ members from across the supply chain and is guided by what’s happening in the wider industry as well as down to feedback from individual members:

Industry Working Groups

Via the following groups we meet with third-party organisations to share ideas and progress and seek opportunities to jointly collaborate on initiatives.

Not for profit organisations

We have close working relationships with the following not-for-profit organisations.

Professional Institutions

Young Rail Professionals works closely with the following professional bodies that provide continued professional development through training and professional recognition, and run key industry events. We are keen to build on our relationships and to cross-promote events and initiatives.

  • Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA)


  • Women in Rail (WiR)


  • European Young Engineers (EYE)

    EYE is a European network of young engineering professionals and students sharing knowledge, fostering mobility and developing personal and professional skills. EYE currently has 23 member organisations including the IET, VDI (German Association of Engineers) and KVIV (Royal Flemish Society of Engineers). YRP is a member organisation of EYE.Being a member of EYE opens to our members the opportunity to attend these events which while engineering-focused are certainly suitable for any young professional or student who wants to learn more about working in an international environment or wants to develop some new skills in a friendly and relaxed setting.

  • Railway Civil Engineers Association (RCEA)


    The Railway Civil Engineers Association is very keen to promote engineering to young people to ensure the next generation of Railway Engineers.  Having seen the excellent work YRP are doing, we were wanted to be part of this, and saw it as an opportunity to combine both our goals are achieved.

  • Permanent Way Institution (PWI)

    The Permanent Way Institution (PWI)
    The Permanent Way Institution (PWI) is for Railway Track Engineers and those involved in the design, construction and maintenance of the every type of rail track, including Railways, Tramways, Docks and Harbours. It was founded in 1884 and has members encompassing everyone from trackmen to civil engineers and consultants.The objectives of the PWI are to advance the knowledge of Railway Civil Engineering, in particular relating to Track and Infrastructure. We aim to promote, spread and exchange such knowledge amongst those who work for Railways and Rail Systems worldwide and those who work for the supply and service companies, encompassing all related disciplines.

  • Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)

    The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)
    The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) is the global professional engineering institution for railway signal and control systems engineering. It exists to promote interest, understanding and learning in the technology and practice for railway operation and the control of trains for all types of railway.The IRSE and it’s Younger Members section hold a programme of regular lectures, training days, seminars and technical visits in order to educate younger members within the institution and aid attainment of Member status.

    The IRSE actively supports Young Rail Professionals in promoting cross profession and institution networking. In addition, the IRSE supports YRP’s involvement with NSARE and STEMNET, promoting the rail industry to children with the aim of inspiring the next generation. Our representative ensures the views of the IRSE are represented within YRP, aids communication and directly supports YRP’s activities and success, and holds a parallel position on the IRSE Younger Members committee.

  • The Institution of Railway Operators (IRO)

    The Institution of Railway Operators

    The Institution of Railway Operators exists to develop and promote the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the railways. Through our education programme, professional development activities, visits and events all over the UK the IRO seeks to support railway professionals of all stages of their career in operations. We offer a mentoring scheme, a modular study programme as well as Certificate, Diploma and Degree level qualifications through our affiliation with Glasgow Caledonian University. The IRO has recently launched IRO Young Operators, which will host a series of events and activities specifically for the IROs younger membership working in railway operations.

  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

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    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) was established in 2006 as a result of the merger between the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Incorporated Engineers.The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world. The IET is committed to encouraging students toward studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and considering engineering and technology based courses and careers. The IET has a transport sector and one of the key areas represented is the Railway network. The Railway network has a Young Professionals section, they represent a lively, increasing influential and rapidly growing section of the IET.It is these young professionals who will lead and shape the future of engineering across the world. All engineering and IT students, graduates and those who are already working in their chosen field are encouraged to join the Railway network.

    The IET supports the YRP as a way of encouraging better networking and better relationships across all areas of the railway industry among young people starting out in their chosen careers, which will hopefully lead to many young people being able to remain in the Railway industry bringing new ideas, enthusiasm and an improved profile to the industry.

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
    With a 160-year heritage supporting us, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is a forward-looking, campaigning organisation. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, we create and share knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering. As an Institution, we focus on four principal themes which affect and are affected by our engineers: energy, environment, transport and education.We truly believe we can improve the world through engineering. So the Institution finds and nurtures new talent, helping engineers build their careers and take on the challenges that, when solved, will make a difference to all of us. It’s no secret that there’s a real shortage of engineers. We go to great lengths to promote the profession at grass roots level, engaging with the next generation of mechanical engineers to build a brighter future for us all.

  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

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    The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT(UK)) is the professional body for everyone working in the world of logistics and transport. Membership of CILT provides access to over 300 events a year ranging from key note lectures to on site study tours. Bespoke professional development training allows members to work to chartered status and fellowship and a network of regional groups and special interest Forums including a Young Professionals Forum supports knowledge sharing and career development. The Rail sector constitutes one of the largest groups and covers both passenger and freight as well as looking at strategic issues, travel planning, local transport, freight forwarding, passenger security and accessibility issues.

    CILT(UK) fully endorses the work of the of YRP in furthering the ambitions of the industry at all levels. From promoting rail at schools through to supporting young professionals’ continued development via NSARE and networking opportunities, membership of the YRP adds value to anyone working within rail.

  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Rail Interest Group

    The aim of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is to disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems and to be the world’s authority on Systems Engineering. To do this INCOSE promotes international collaboration in systems engineering practice, education and research. INCOSE assures the establishment of competitive, scaleable professional standards in the practice of systems engineering and encourages governmental and industrial support for research and educational programmes.The Rail Interest Group of INCOSE UK brings together professionals from all elements of the railway with an interest in systems engineering and takes a broad approach covering, but not limited to, the operational railway, the supply chain, and asset management. The INCOSE Rail Interest Group hosts events and provides a forum for discussion for those interested in Systems Engineering in the Rail Environment, fostering connections with other professional bodies for cross fertilisation of knowledge and experience.

  • RailFuture

Railfuture is the UK’s leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight. We are a voluntary group representing rail users, with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. Railfuture is a one-member one-vote democracy which is not funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions.

International collaborators