Railtrack has adopted a computerised database to combat the skills shortage affecting the rail industry.
The company's West Coast Main Line modernisation project was threatened with delays because of a lack of experienced technical staff.
HR director Kim James developed a database of employees from the four labour sources it used for the project.
Railtrack recruited internationally from countries as diverse as South Africa and India and has created 400 bespoke jobs to retain highly sought-after engineers.
By Richard Staines