Workforce, Certification & Training

Women a key focus of Rail Careers Week

ARTC hiring women in Hunter. Photo: Youtube / ARTC

Australasian Railway Association chief executive Danny Broad says the industry must strive to see women make up a more significant share of its workforce.

Rail Careers Week, an initiative of the ARA, takes place this week from September 12 to 18.

Transdev Auckland, Yarra Trams and Melbourne Metro are among the organisations taking part in programs and awareness campaigns throughout the week.

To open the week Broad promoted the industry as a highly attractive one for all job seekers, but was certain to highlight the ARA’s continued focus on increasing the number of women in rail.

“This industry has historically been male dominated,” Broad said.

“This must change.

“Women are already making enormous contributions to all areas of rail, however a sizeable gender imbalance still exists. This gap must be closed.”

As well as improving its male-female balance, Broad said the industry also needs to focus on attracting more young people to seek careers in rail.

“With 52% of the rail workforce aged over 45 and with the under 25’s being the largest group underrepresented at 4%, we also need to encourage more young people to enter our exciting industry,” he explained.

“Regardless of background, education or experience, I encourage all to consider a future in rail.”

The ARA published the following video to promote Rail Careers Week.

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