UK’s Largest Rail Company Launches Recruitment Campaign To Increase Diversity On The Railways
Overall, GTR has the biggest training and recruitment programme in rail in the UK with over 700 new recruits introduced across the organisation last year and over 400 existing employees promoted to new roles.
Driver recruitment is also on the rise – 700 new drivers have been trained since 2015, with a further 270 currently in training.
Recruitment of more women to the role has also been helped by all female assessment centres for trainee drivers, and a scheme which sees new female recruits paired up with another woman in the company to create female-focused support networks.
Justine Roberts, Mumsnet founder, commented: “We know that flexibility is a priority for our users when going back to work after having a baby, but even we were slightly surprised that GTR’s advert for a trainee train driver with family-friendly working patterns generated the largest number of applications since we launched our Jobsite. But it’s not a one-way track; flexibility improves retention rates and adds value for the employer too.”
The driver recruitment and training drive is part of GTR’s modernisation programme to address growing passenger numbers that have doubled in as little as 12 years on some parts of its network.
As the UK’s largest rail franchise, covering 24% of the country’s train journeys every day, GTR currently hires more engineering apprentices than any other train operating company in the UK. Ten apprentices joined the organisation in 2018 and a further 15 are set to be recruited this year.
Andy Bindon, Human Resources Director at GTR, commented: “This is a fantastic industry to work in, offering real career development and opportunities. We want our teams to reflect the communities they serve; the aim is for our growing driver population to mirror the local population with representation across society. We have so many opportunities for rewarding careers from engineering and driving, to marketing and web design, so the perception of rail being male-dominated just isn’t the reality. We have the biggest training and recruitment programme in rail in the UK so this progressive approach will help our organisation flourish and help to drive change across the sector.”