Marking International Women’s Day, HS2 and its construction partners are hosting initiatives to encourage more women to start a career in construction.
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The number of apprentices recruited by GTR has exceeded targets by 20 per cent, with women comprising more than a third whilst 27 per cent identified as BME.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority have received an award in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of women in transportation.
The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies and the European Transport Workers’ Federation have signed the Women in Rail agreement, which will promote employment of women in the railway industry.
Across the rail firms Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express, 250 new apprenticeships, in various rail departments, will be available by 2022 to people of all ages and backgrounds.
California High-Speed Rail Authority achieves its latest milestone, as its growing Central Valley workforce reaches 6,000 new job opportunities for the local community.
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.
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.