Following seven rounds of negotiations, CER and ETF have reached a provisional agreement for the promotion of the employment of women in the European rail sector.
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Jo Moffatt, Engineering Practice Director for Strategic Rail at Atkins, writes how the coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on inequality in the workplace, and presents a real opportunity to address this bias to the benefit of women, STEM related industries, and society as a whole.
With figures outlining that women account for only 21 per cent of the railway workforce, CER and ETF have resumed negotiations for a binding agreement aimed at promoting women's employment in the European rail sector.
On International Women's Day 2021, HS2 has highlighted its efforts in encouraging more women to rail and construction in order to address the gender imbalances of both industries.
LNER is aiming to increase the number of train driver applications from women to 40 per cent by 2025, compared to 17 per cent in 2020.
In Episode 4 of Global Railway Review's podcast, Zoey Hudson, Head of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion at Govia Thameslink Railway, speaks to our Junior Editor, Leah Hockley, about the operating company's extensive apprenticeship programme and the importance of apprentices to the entire rail industry, not just GTR.
CHSRA's new online dashboard includes breakdowns of minority-owned small businesses working on the high-speed rail programme and total dollars expended to date.
Toni Shepherd, Director of Sales at TRB Lightweight Structures, discusses the importance of equal opportunities for SMEs, why the rail sector should focus on diversifying its workforce and how the digitalisation of the industry is going to thrive in the near future.
The Routes into Rail website will showcase sector role models, include a jobs portal and provide access to the latest news and opportunities.
Research shows that up to 120,000 additional people will be required over the next five to 10 years, with demand for skills peaking around 2025.
The operator has now set itself the target of having a 50/50 gender split on all training programmes by the end of 2021.
The rail operator has created more than 160 new roles, as it looks to encourage the next generation of black, ethnic minority, female and younger employees to its workforce.
Current CEO of Netherlands Railways (NS), Roger van Boxtel, will stay in his role until 30 September 2020, before Marjan Rintel, currently Director of Operations, takes over the CEO position.
HS2 has highlighted the importance of a more diverse workforce in delivering the high-speed rail project on International Women in Engineering Day 2020.
On International Women in Engineering Day 2020, Network Rail has announced its new efforts to highlight the contributions of women to engineering and STEM.