Gender equality in the transport sector

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Department for Transport Ministers have written to industry leaders in the transport sector calling on them to increase the availability of opportunities to women. The Department of Transport announced that it will shortly be holding a major round-table to examine the barriers preventing women from entering the transport sector and look to implement positive change as a result. Currently, only 6% of pilots and 7% of train drivers are female and women only account for 18% of the transport workforce. Commenting on the announcement, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling said “the round-table I am announcing today will help industry develop plans to bring more women into the sector and help ensure the widest possible talent from across the whole of society is engaged and able to access the great careers the transport sector offers.”

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