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RFEM Entry Talent Summit: A Resounding Success

Last Thursday saw over 70 graduates, apprentices and students travel from all over the UK for the first Rail Forum East Midlands Entry Talent Summit at Nottingham Trent University. Delegates took part in a series of interactive sessions hosted by speakers from Rail Forum member companies. Chris Swan, Tarmac’s Head of Rail kicked off a series of interactive sessions and introduced delegates to Tarmac’s national rail operation, asking them to look at some of the most prevalent hurdles faced by rail freight today, and present their proposed solutions.

Network Rail’s Senior Programme Manager, Richard Brown then gave guests an insight into the challenges and opportunities of digitisation; from cyber security to integrated transport. Richard then tasked the delegates with outlining how technology might be utilised to tackle some of customers’ current travel frustrations. East Midlands Trains’ Emma Davis then hosted a customer experience quiz and awarded the winners a pair of complimentary first-class rail tickets each.

Following a networking lunch, Elastacloud’s Gary Hunter discussed how artificial intelligence, algorithms and data analytics can be applied to the rail industry and asked delegates to team up to discuss how these could improve the railway experience of the future. Next HS2’s Osita Madu and Mark Dyer explored diversity and inclusive design; before setting the delegates the challenge of devising their own vision of a washroom suitable for all levels of ability and mobility.

The final session was hosted by Progress Rail Principle Engineer, Morven Harrison. Morven gave an inspiring presentation on her role at Progress Rail Services; following projects from conception to installation, and advising delegates on the training she sees to be in demand and the programmes she uses day-to-day.

Employers were then invited to join their graduates, apprentices and students for the keynote address delivered by Lilian Greenwood MP. Lilian discussed her new role as the Chair of the Transport Select Committee and some of the priorities they will be tackling in their next session. Guests then heard from Aniello Anzelmo, Head of Production at Bombardier Transportation, on his experience of the industry to date, and the advice he would give to the next generation of rail professionals.


 “The Summit has been really useful, it’s given me a wider understanding of the rail industry beyond my experience as a passenger, we’ve learned about freight; an area I haven’t considered before, and got to look at where the rail industry is headed. It was a really useful day for me and I would recommend it to anyone looking to attend in the future”.

Tom Scott, Porterbrook Leasing Ltd

 “I have really enjoyed the day, I definitely feel that I have gained a greater understanding of the rail industry, from issues surrounding gender equality, to HS2 and their plans for the future”.

Melissa Hufton, NTAR

“I’ve learned so much today, and it’s been really useful to meet new people, like me, who are just starting out in the rail industry”.

Molly Cannon, Bombardier Transportation

Tidyco is off to Westminster

Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years, is to attend the Responsible Business Champions reception being held at Westminster.

As part of an initiative to demonstrate transparent business ethics, Tidyco’s marketing manager and member of the Board of Directors for Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) Barry; has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility Statement of Intent.

During an official opening of additional manufacturing space by Amanda Solloway (then MP for Derby North), Barry was able to present a recently completed CSR project. Amanda was suitably impressed and nominated the company as Responsible Business Champion for her constituency.

The award is unique in that only MPs can nominate a business that they feel deserves such recognition.

Barry comments; “Amanda has been a fantastic supporter of both me as well as Tidyco and I am delighted to have been nominated towards a Parliamentary award for Responsible Business Champion. It is very exciting to think that I will be attending the reception on 22nd November 2017 which is the day after my 40th Birthday. What a fantastic Birthday present! Irrespective of the winner announced on the day, to reach this stage is extremely rewarding.”

Corporate Social Responsibility continues to be of significant importance regarding how businesses can best operate in an ethical manner. CSR transparency is incredibly important; the Tidyco CSR Statement of Intent is downloadable from the organisations corporate website as well as viewable in digital brochure format.


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