Promoting diversity in rail: RSK sponsors Women in Rail Awards

December 08, 2020
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RSK is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the Best Apprenticeship Scheme Award at the Women in Rail Awards 2021. The awards, which will take place on 20 May 2021, aim to showcase and reward individuals and companies who have made a significant contribution to improving gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK railway industry.

The ceremony, at the historic Roundhouse in Camden, London, UK, will be hosted by Ms Naga Munchetty, Journalist, Broadcaster and Television Presenter.

The event is attended by a cross section of the UK rail sector, including key stakeholders and decision makers, infrastructure providers, operators, manufacturers, rolling stock companies, technical consultancy companies and suppliers, to name only a few.

The Best Apprenticeship Scheme Award recognises an organisation who has developed a strong and successful apprenticeship scheme in UK rail. Each scheme’s success will be measured by, amongst others, positive internal and external feedback from apprentices, evidence of a real improvement in apprentices’ career progression within the organisation, in staff retention and/or an increased percentage of apprenticeship in the organisation’s workforce.

RSK is proud of its approach to graduate recruitment and recognises the importance of engaging young people in the industry, particularly women who are still currently underrepresented.

“RSK is immensely proud to support Women in Rail and the Women in Rail Awards,” comments RSK Rail Business Development Director Adrian Calder. “A high proportion of our technical staff working in the rail sector are women, from those involved in our environmental and sustainability work through to geotechnical contracting project management staff”.

“We are proud of the many talented women in leadership positions throughout the company: women lead two of our four UK divisions and our finance and human resources teams,” added Human Resources Director Zoe Brunswick. “Our gender pay gap is below the industry average and we are highly committed to reducing it further by offering flexible working opportunities, promoting our female employees as role models and actively engaging with schools to promote careers in our industry.

“Flexibility is key in today’s world; we believe the fact that we have very few non-returners from maternity leave demonstrates this. In our eyes, a gender-diverse business is a successful business.”

Nominations for the Women in Rail Awards 2021 opened on Monday 16 November 2020, with a closing date of Friday 5 March 2021. Be the first to nominate and help demonstrate our industry’s commitment to supporting the Women in Rail agenda by celebrating those companies and individuals who work hard to improve gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in our sector in line with the objectives of the joint WR/RIA EDI Charter.