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.