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Diversity and Inclusion

GTR is committed to inclusion and diversity.

Rail is a fantastic industry to work in, offering real career development and opportunities. We want our teams to reflect the communities they serve, our aim is for our teams to mirror the local population with representation across society. We have so many opportunities for rewarding careers from engineering, driving and control, to Occupational Health and Web Design.

Women’s Network Group

Our Women’s Network group has over 200 members and is currently working on many projects across the business including a Mentoring Network and a Talent Attraction

We’re working hard to increase the number of women in the rail industry and we’ve had some great success but there is still a long way to go. In 2018 30% of Sothern’s trainee train driver roles were taken up by women, up from 6% in 2015. In addition, a class of new trainee drivers on both Great Northern and Southern had a 50:50 gender split in.

This year two of our women were recognised for their contributions to Diversity in the Rail Industry. Angie Doll – Managing Director of Southern and Gatwick Express won the Everywoman Transport and Logistics Industry Champion Award and Katrina Rose Allen – Engineering Apprentice, was listed as one of the Women in Engineering Society’s top 50 Women in Engineering list.

LGBTQ+ Network Group

Our LGBTQ+ network is here to support LGBTQ+ colleagues and the issues important to us. Allies are also very encouraged to join - all are welcome!

This year GTR is proud to have a float in Brighton Pride and have even decorated one of our trains to celebrate. Our wonderful Design & Content Apprentice Maggie designed the livery saying “This was a really special project to work on for me. Whether you’re a member of the LGBQT+ community or not, I hope that the train brings joy to everyone who sees it and that it also raises awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.”

Prince’s Trust

GTR have worked with The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Get Into’ programme to open opportunities to young people from challenging and disadvantaged backgrounds. GTR’s participation in the Get Into programme means provision of a four-week work placement with a further six months support post-placement. Govia Thameslink Railway currently provide three programmes per year with 151 taking part since the start of the franchise. Last year saw 39 young people join GTR on placements with, over the last two programmes, 74% being offered permanent job roles, making the programme a valuable source of previously invisible talent.

This year we were proud to win the ENEI Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace Award – 2019.