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We're proud that we have today (29 April) been named as one of the top 50 employers for women in the UK.
The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is the UK’s most well-established listing of employers leading the way on workplace gender equality. It celebrates outstanding progress and examples of best practice, impact, innovation and individual achievement.
The landmark achievement is recognition of the progress we've made to improve diversity and become a more inclusive employer in what is traditionally, and remains, a predominantly male industry.
Watch this film to find out more about why the women we work with love the railway – and why now is a great time to get involved:
Loraine Martins OBE, director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been named in this list. It is a reflection of the huge amount of work that has gone in to making Network Rail a more inclusive employer and a better place to work for all. We have made great progress, but we know there is more we can do – and more we will do – to make sure women thrive in our business.
“We know the benefits of having a diverse workforce, and we want to reflect the diversity of the people we that we serve. Having the right people in place is vital in helping us to deliver the safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable railway passengers deserve, especially as we build back from the Covid-19 pandemic and demand for rail begins to recover.”
Through the Gender Matters programme, we've taken steps to improve gender diversity over recent years, including:
Kamini Edgley, one of our most senior engineers, would like to inspire more young women and girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
Amanda Mackenzie OBE, chief executive at Business in the Community, which publishes the list in partnership with the Times, said: “We look forward to the day when commitment to gender equality is the norm, not the exception. Until then, I hope more employers take note of Network Rail’s ambition on gender equality.”
Charlotte Woodworth, gender equality director at Business in the Community, said: “COVID-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown.
“We congratulate the many employers who have maintained their efforts towards gender equality at this time, often introducing innovative policies to support their workforce during this period. This year’s application process was the most competitive one we have seen in five years. Employers like Network Rail haven’t forgotten women at work and they are committed to making gender inequality a thing of the past.”
Year in industry placements
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