Diversity & Inclusion commitment

The Train Driver Academy is looking to encourage the best talent from all backgrounds to consider a career in Train Driving.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The train driver academy and its members are committed to ensuring that career opportunities are open to everyone engaged with, or living in the communities the train operating companies & freight operating companies serve. Right at the heart of our business diversity and inclusion is central to our aim of attracting the best talent into driver roles. We believe that strength lies in our differences and that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences, such as age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual orientation.
The Academy is committed to ensuring that all drivers can aspire to a career without barriers and that everyone is given the opportunity to thrive in an inclusive and diverse workplace. Where people can be who they are and be their best, professionally and personally.


The train operators run their own individual networks across a number of employee groups. This includes supporting Pride events across the country though inclusion networks.

Women in Rail hold regular social and professional events across the country through their local network groups. Click here to find out more www.womeninrail.org

Listen to Ryan talk about Inclusivity & Diversity

Community & Charity

Lots of brilliant community work takes place around the rail network. This includes engagement with young people. Events include schools and colleges attending careers days and organising visits to train driver simulators.
MTR Crossrail works in partnership with the homeless charity Crisis helping people into employment through workshops and open days. www.crisis.org.uk
The rail industry undertakes lots of initiatives around mental health awareness both internally with its employees and externally with customers. This includes working with charities including CALM & Samaritans.

The driver community and support

As a driver you will have a team of people who will support you when you are training and throughout your career. This includes trainers, instructors, mentors, the people you trained with, your depot colleagues and driver managers.

Incident Support

Part of a train drivers job is to deal with any incidents that may occur. You’ll receive hours of training to ensure you are prepared for every eventuality.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 (CALM) and 4.5% of suicides in the UK take place on the railway (Network Rail). As a train driver you could be involved in an incident involving a member of the public. If this did happen there is support network in place to ensure drivers and other staff members are helped through the impact of an event.