Rail jobs, staff issues and training

09.03.18

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

Women’s perception of the rail industry mean that they could miss out on a jobs boost that will see over 100,000 job opportunities created across Britain’s railway by 2027, the Rail Delivery Group has warned.

In October ambitious plans were unveiled to attract new talent to the industry and secure over 100,000 job opportunities across the country.

But, the Rail Delivery Group recently commissioned a national survey, which revealed that a whopping 81% of women in Britain have never even considered working in the rail industry.

A nationally representative sample of 1,097 women took part in the survey, and over half of the women who said that they had not considered a career in rail stated that it did not interest them, and almost a third admitted that they knew very little about the sector.

A fifth of the women feared that they lacked the right skills for the industry, yet 70% of those polled said that they would retrain for a job that offered good benefits and security, and a massive 90% of those that were likely to change careers said that they would consider changing to a career that required on the job training.

The partnership railway has seen record investment in recent years, from both public and private sectors, and is committed to creating a diverse workforce and increasing the number of female employees by 20% by 2020.

As part of this plan, it will be investing over £350m a year in workforce training to improve employee engagement and customer experience.

Many women reported being motivated by flexible working, which the Rail Delivery Group argues is offered by many roles in rail, and almost half said that it would be in their top three most important factors when choosing to change industries.

The perception that the rail industry is dominated by men has had a negative impact on women’s views, with 11% blaming it for their lack of interest in working in the industry, 16% saying that they would not consider a job in a male dominated industry, and 23% saying that they would not feel comfortable working in one.

But 66% of respondents did agree that more work needs to be done to encourage women to work in male dominated sectors.

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Britain’s partnership railway is committing to invest £250m in workforce training making now an exciting time to join this vital industry.

“Working together we have an ambitious plan to change and improve and to achieve this, we need to build on our existing workforce and attract diverse talent.

“I would urge women keen to make a difference in a dynamic environment not to miss out on great jobs and opportunities in a sector that offers quality on the job training, great benefits and family friendly policies.”

Top image: south agency

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs in its maintenance of th... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up clos... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report ... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleeper's' daily blog

How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained. There is no denying that the drive to digitise the UK’s railways is well under way. This... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >