More women should be encouraged to “come on board” and take advantage of the opportunities the rail industry has to offer for them, according to transport minister Baroness Susan Kramer.
Speaking at the Women in Rail event in Derby this week, the minister stated that only 17.8% of people working in the rail sector are women and, currently, only 4.4% of the sector’s engineering workforce is female, two issues that need to be addressed.
Baroness Kramer said: “The Women in Rail group has done a great job in raising awareness of careers in rail, and I am determined to help them break down the barriers that prevent women from joining the industry.
“It is an incredibly exciting time to work in rail, especially as we are currently investing in the biggest programme of rail modernisation since Victorian times.”
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