SLC officially named a 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women!

SLC, the third-party rail scheme specialist has been as one of the best places to work for women according to a list announced yesterday (Thursday, 1 July). The company was ranked 15th in the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women (medium organisations)...

Celebrate International Women in Engineering Day with GTR and AFBE

On 23 June, rail operator GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) will be marking International Women in Engineering Day with a virtual open day. Students across the UK will get a chance to learn more about the organisation, including the variety...

Engineering graduate improving signalling between Sheffield and London urges more women to consider railway careers

A graduate who joined Network Rail during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been helping to improve the signalling on the Midland Main Line is encouraging more women to consider a career in the rail industry. Ellie Smith, who is based...

Female job seekers encouraged to consider a career on Britain’s new railway

Women aiming to get back into employment after a career break, or who are looking for a new start, are encouraged to consider a career on board Britain’s new railway, HS2. According to ONS data, female unemployment rates have risen...

Making rail more diverse

The rail industry has a seemingly eternal problem with attracting women and ethnic minorities into engineering roles. Rail is not the only industry to have this challenge, but it seems particularly bad at it. Clive Kessell, covering the Rail Industry...

The hidden disability Sunflower Scheme

At a time when people have to wear facemasks, and it is seen as antisocial not to do so, what about those who can't wear them for medical reasons? Although one person in five has a disability of some sort,...

Pride during a pandemic

The annual pride festivals provide a visible and colourful reminder that the LGBT+ movement is now (largely) an accepted part of society. Cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis, how did the movement keep its momentum going? In the...

Asquith Xavier recognised by plaque at Chatham station

British Rail guard Asquith Xavier, who broke the colour bar at Euston station in 1966, has been recognised with a plaque in the waiting Room at Platform 1 of Chatham station in Kent. A Chatham resident, Asquith Xavier was and...

Talent and gender diversity in the rail sector

Guest writer Adam Razzell, head of transport and infrastructure at Advance Resource Managers, reflects on the diversity of talent in the rail industry and questions whether more needs to be done. With an average staff turnover rate of just three...

Network Rail promotes inspirational women on International Women in Engineering Day

New research, conducted by Savanta ComRes for Network Rail, has highlighted a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors. As a result, Network Rail is promoting the contributions of women in engineering to mark...

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East Anglia’s community rail groups join national campaign to highlight hidden gems along Britain’s rail network

In a move to get local residents back on track, East Anglia’s community rail partnerships are getting involved in...