Women in Rail celebrates leaders in diversity
On 15 May, the second annual Women in Rail Awards took place celebrating the achievements of those that are making an impact in the areas of gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the rail industry.
Nusrat Ghani MP gave a keynote speech, which focussed on the need for ambition, commitment, and drive to deliver the needs of the rail industry for the future.
She emphasised that we cannot afford the historic attitudes that have held women back in the industry and that women need to be exposed to the variety of opportunities that are available in rail.
In order to tackle the gender imbalance, women need support from the start of their careers and throughout their working life, this may include free childcare provision, transparency to pay gaps, joint parental responsibility options, flexible working, training and security from redundancy when returning from maternity leave.
Ultimately, women need to be inspired by role models and confident that they can have a successful and rewarding career in rail.
Siobhan Delany, HR Partner, CPC Project Services said “It was great to hear about the achievements that both men and women are making to the workforce environment, in order attract and retain ALL the available talent. It is clear that there is still a lot of work to be done to create a more balanced workforce in the rail industry. We will continue to support Women in Rail as they drive improvements in diversity through both regional and national initiatives across the UK”