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Improving diversity

Research shows that organisations with a diverse workforce better understand the people they serve, are more innovative and run more effectively. Rail companies are committed to building a workforce that reflects Britain today.

Developing and nurturing a diverse pipeline of talent will ensure the railway can meet future skills challenges. By 2020 the transport sector is working towards a target of a 20% increase in BAME representation and a 20% increase of technical and engineering roles to be filled by women.

In 2018 the rail industry participated in the Year of Engineering. More than five million 7-16 year olds across the UK were able to experience engineering first-hand with female engineers at Crossrail, Network Rail and Transport for London on hand to share their personal experience with young women.


Case Study: Get into Railways

2019 is the fifth year Govia Thameslink Railway has partnered with The Prince’s Trust to run Get into Railways, a programme for young people from difficult backgrounds. The 18-30-yearold participants receive four-week and two-day courses at a training centre on the Govia Thameslink Railway. The programme has helped 182 young people gain skills and work experience, with many going on to permanent roles in the company.


What big changes do you want?

Rail companies are calling for big changes but what matters to you?