Greater diversity needed to secure future health of the rail industry

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Speaking at the annual Women in Rail awards, Transport Minister, Nusrat Ghani called on the rail industry to improve the diversity of the sector and ensure that women have access to jobs, pay and progression within the industry. She stated that women only make up 5% of train drivers and with the industry needed 50,000 extra employees by 2033, she called for a cultural change to create more diverse teams in response to this gap. She stated “the rail industry isn’t yet doing enough: from designing to engineering to construction to driving, the rail sector needs to change… We need to nurture and embrace talent from everywhere, ensuring that the brilliant women working in rail now are joined by even more, for no industry or country can reach its full potential if it only recruits from a fraction of talent on offer.”

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