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Rail Week 2017 the best yet!

YOU WERE GREAT!

Thank you for supporting Rail Week 2017!

What a week! Rail Week 2017 was a great success with over 80 collaborators from across the rail industry and education sector involved; over 50 special visits and events, as well as inspiring talks throughout the week up and down the country. It is estimated that the campaign engaged over 3000 young people and their influencers. Several new collaborations among companies and organizations were also formed and helped delivered a brilliant week of events this year. We would like to thank everyone for their involvement and support in making Rail Week the success it was.

Highlights during Rail Week include; a visit to the GWR Reading Train Care Depot; the UK’s largest Rail Careers “High” Speed Networking event; the opportunity to see state-of- the-art trains close at the Three Bridges maintenance facility; a tour of Freightliner terminal at Basford Hall, Crewe; an open day at RTS Depot in Leeds; a full week of events and activities by Newcastle College Rail Academy and Rail Delivery Group respectively; a Welcome to Rail talk and tour of the National College High Speed Rail in Birmingham; and many school visits throughout the country.

The success of Rail Week 2017 is credited to the efforts and support of all our collaborators and volunteers. Photographs of events and reports are being published on the Rail Week website.

The campaign is not over yet! Continue to share  and explore #PeopleinRail stories on our website and social media; join us in tackling #RailMyths and showcase exciting careers and opportunities in rail as rail is so diverse, it is #MoreThanOrange.

Newcastle College Rail Academy students witness track incident respond simulation

 

Did you missed Rail Week?

Don’t worry! Rail Week continues to work with YRP and its collaborators throughout the industry to continue to highlight the opportunities in rail and inspire the future generation throughout the year.  Check our events page for upcoming events. We have many free resource for you to use from classroom activity packs to games and colouring sheets, just for fun! Watch videos from our collaborators of interviews with young people in rail and exciting major projects in the UK. Why not invite Rail Week Ambassadors to support your own school event or drop-in to a class to hear what it is like to work in rail in person.

Key Stage 1 & 2 students visiting RTS Depot in Leeds

Rail Week 2018 :: The Year of Engineering

Rail Week 2018 will soon be announced. Make sure you are subscribed to Rail Week’s Newsletter to be the first to receive our latest news!

Students working on an engineering challenge with Virgin Trains East Coast

Rail Week Day 2 Highlights

Rail Week Day 2 – #AdaLovelaceDay

It was Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday, and what a great way of celebrating women in STEM during Rail Week with Newcastle College Rail Academy’s Future Engineers Event where more than 70 rail academy students listened to career presentations by female engineers and female members from the British Transport Police.

Charlotte Neumann ex-student at the college currently working in AECOM

Cheryl and Tanya from BTP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More women in rail were out and about promoting rail opportunities and inspiring young people to a career in rail on Rail Week Day 2. The Bombardier Transportation Tour of the Production Line and Career Evening in Derby saw up to 70 parents and students in attendance. In small groups, they had a chance to tour the production line and see for themselves the assembly of the new Crossrail – Elizabeth Line trains, which was pretty impressive indeed!

Sabrina Ihadadden ex YRP chair sharing her career experience

More women in rail and fellow colleagues from Bombardier Transportation volunteering at the Production Line tour and career evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rail Week was everywhere on Tuesday!

Rail Alliance hosted a networking session linking young professionals to senior figures from across the rail freight supply chain and the intermodal community in Liverpool; Siemens Rail Automation in Chippenham had an open day and ran a wide range of activities including: tours of the manufacturing site, interactive engineering challenges, careers workshops and talks from special guests; Rail Delivery Group’s Planning, Engineering, Operations team in London showed undergraduates latest projects and what’s they involved; Network Rail attended John Ruskin College annual Careers and Higher Education Fair in Croydon bringing with them an interactive activity and information about  Network Rail Apprenticeship Schemes.

70 key stage 1 and 2 students from Leeds area got up close and personal with a Northern Rail diesel stock and an opportunity to tour RTS Infrastructure Depot. Certainly not your average day of school…

Key Stage 1 & 2 students visiting RTS Depot in Leeds

Read about Welsh female engineers encouraging women and girls to ‘just do it’ and consider careers in engineering here!

Coming up in Rail Week: The largest rail Career Speed Networking Event on Friday 13th October. Follow us on Twitter @railweek for more updates!

Rail Week blog: Diversity in rail

This year’s Rail Week is all about diversity in jobs and people. Paul Case, National Chair of Young Rail Professionals (YRP) and Project Manager at London Underground give his thoughts

Let me be blunt, the Rail Industry has an image problem. The ‘traditional’ image of a railway worker for many evokes thoughts of yellow hats and oiled hands, or conductor’s hats and ticket machines – typically worn by men.

Gender and BAME diversity in the sector is undeniably poor. A study by the fantastic Women in Rail (WiR) last year revealed that just 16% of the roles in the UK rail industry are filled by women – roughly unchanged since 1914. In a sector crying out for new skill to plug the widening gap (56,000 more technicians a year needed, for a start) this is untenable.

Fortunately, the industry is starting to take notice. This is evident in the growth of organisations such as YRP and WiR and in the actions of organisations such as the National Skills Academy for Rail, RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) and Rail Delivery Group alongside leading industry figures to address this inequality. But we need to all keep doing more and changing our behaviours, to let the country and the world know that(1) Rail is open for anyone with the right skills and (2) that we are not all engineers and train drivers. There are literally hundreds of different roles essential to keep our industry running.

Rail Week 2017 is yours and the industry’s opportunity to spread that message. Bringing together organisations and business from across the sector, this is a week that celebrates the diversity of opportunities available within the railway industry and opens doors for 100’s of school, college and university students across the UK to see what career may await them in Rail.

The industry won’t change in a day. But I’m looking forward to doing my part in changing our image and attracting the best talent, to ensure we are and continue to be a sector known for change, innovation and inclusiveness.

 

Bringing the industry together to show what it really means to work in rail

 

Rail Week 2017, the brainchild of the professional networking association Young Rail Professionals (YRP), began this Monday 9 October, with a series of events dedicated to address the skills shortage in the rail industry by inspiring a generation of young people to consider careers in rail. The annual events runs until Sunday 15 October.

Over 50 special visits and events, as well as inspiring talks have taken place throughout the week up and down the country, as part of a widespread school’s outreach programme. It is estimated that the week of events alone will have engaged over 800 young people and their influencer.

The initiative supported by the industry including the Rail Delivery Group, Transport for London, Network Rail, the Department for Transport, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategies, Train and Freight Operating Companies and the supply chain, aims to breakdown stereotypes of what it means to work in rail and showcase the huge range of people and careers needed to keep people moving now and in the future.

Highlights during Rail Week include; a visit to the GWR Reading Train Care Depot; the UK’s largest Rail Careers “High” Speed Networking event; the opportunity to see state-of-the-art trains close at the Three Bridges maintenance facility; and a tour of Freightliner terminal at Basford Hall, Crewe.

May-Ann Lew, Rail Week project lead, Young Rail Professionals and Consultant at SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit: “Rail Week is our opportunity to showcase the range of different careers and skills in our sector and encourage people from all backgrounds to join rail. There are so many exciting and innovative rail projects coming to fruition and it is essential we attract young people to ensure they are delivered. We have had loads of great events so far and the enthusiasm from teachers, students and the industry has been amazing.”

Rail Minister Paul Maynard commented: “We are delivering record levels of investment to support the biggest modernisation of the rail network since the Victorian era, and our growing rail network means we will need thousands more people working in the sector in the years ahead.

“I’m delighted to be supporting Rail Week, which highlights the huge range of careers, skills and opportunities open to people from every background. We want to inspire young people, to give them the chance to see that they can make a difference in the rail industry, and it is great that companies across our thriving sector are reaching out to schools, colleges and universities to attract the next generation of rail professionals.”

River Tamoor Baig, Chief Executive & Founder of Hack Partner who are hosting an idea-thon with two London schools said: “Aside from the health, there is no other industry that has such a massive impact into the daily lives of people. Whether that’s using the train to go to school, work, or to meet loved ones – we all eventually find ourselves using the rail network some point in our lives.

“Rail needs more young creative thinkers and engineering talent to help it address the needs for the next generation of travellers, this can only be achieved if ambitious young people enter the fray and help create the future.”

Newcastle Rail Academy student witness emergency response demo

Key Stage 1 & 2 students visiting RTS Depot in Leeds

Rail Week Day 1 Highlights

Rail Week Day 1 – 9th Oct 2017

Rail Week 2017 started off with a bang! In case you’ve missed something, here are some key highlights of the day…

Success at School launched the Rail Week Takeover on their online forum where students, parents and teachers can ask real employer rail career questions. See the questions here . Check out the 60 second interview with a Rail Apprentice along with various career advise articles provided by Young Rail Professionals and other rail companies! More to come throughout the week…

Two new Rail Academies opened in the North to support and develop the young people the rail industry needs now and into the future. Rail Week Day 1 saw the opening of the National College of High Speed Rail in Doncaster which was live on BBC Breakfast. The opening event was also supported by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, Sir Terry Morgan and the supply chain. On 4th October, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling opened the Alstom Rail Academy in Widnes which will train 500 apprentices in 5 years!

Students starting at NCHSR with BBC Breakfast Steph

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling meeting the new apprentices at Alstom Rail Academy

Monday is not over yet…

Rail Delivery Group hosted 40 students at their offices in London with a session on “Introduction to Rail Industry for a new generation”, Network Rail’s staff visited Moulsham High School to talk about Railway Safety Awareness and was interviewed by students on the school’s radio, Newcastle College Rail Academy hosted “Route Options Project” with their students, students from Frances Bardsley School visited Ilford Depot, Atkins staff at Millthorpe School’s Exploring Pathways event in York and London Underground invited year 8 & 9 students to learn about the exciting and challenging Deep Tube Upgrade Programme!

Network Rail Ryan interviewed by Moulsham High School students

Students visiting RDG Offices in London

 

To see all the conversations and photos hot of the pan, follow us on Twitter @railweek and our collaborators! We can’t wait to see what the rest of Rail Week has to offer….

Rail Week 2017 is finally here

Rail Week 2017, the brainchild of the professional networking association Young Rail Professionals (YRP), began this Monday 9 October, with a series of events dedicated to inspiring a generation of young people to consider careers in rail.  The annual events runs until Sunday 15 October.

Rail Week is proud to welcome back collaborators such as Rail Delivery Group, Transport for London, Network Rail, CrossCountry Trains, Chiltern Trains, Freightliner, Siemens, Hitachi Rail Europe, Bombardier Transportation, Atkins, Newcastle College Rail Academy and many more, who are all playing a key part in addressing the transport industry skills agenda. 

This year Rail Week is also welcoming new collaborators to joint this amazing initiative to showcase more of what the rail industry has to offer. We are looking forward to working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Great Western Railway, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnerships, CPC Projects, Knorr-Bermse, GB Railfreight, Hack Partners, Furrer+Frey, Transport for the North, KOPTA, RT Training Solutions, Belfour Beatty Rail, Linbrooke Total Network Solutions, and Nimble Media, during this year’s Rail Week and into the future.

               

We have also increased our engagement with education institutions and welcome Falmouth, Plymouth and Exeter University, Success at Schools, The National College of High Speed Rail and The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London to join this initiative and better support their students.

         

Rail Week 2017 is surely looking to be bigger and better! Many events are already confirmed on our website. Go behind the scenes with depot and station tours, learn about the latest rail projects such as Crossrail 2 and Deep Tube Upgrade Programme, go on a “High” Speed Networking with over 50 rail professionals from across the industry, competitions, career fairs and many more.

See the full list of events here.

Rail Week 2017 is Here!

Spread the news and follow us and our friends on social media. It’s time to get everyone involved!

Success at School

We’ve teamed up with Success at School to give schools and careers advisors information on rail careers.

For 2 weeks, students and teachers can ask a Rail Employer your questions about a career in rail.

Success at School will be hosting a dedicated Rail Forum from 9th October, a place where schools and colleges can #AskAnEmployer their top careers questions to help students plan their futures in the rail industry. Access the Rail Forum here

There is also plenty of advice about the rail industry here and a blog on busting myths in rail.

Rail Week is back!

Dedicated to helping the industry to address the skills shortage in rail-related roles and inspire a generation of young people, Rail Week 2017 (9-15 October) is already gaining momentum, with industry leaders including Rail Delivery Group, Transport for London, Great Western Railway and the National Skills Academy for Rail providing essential support and collaboration.

The dedicated week of activity organised by Young Rail Professionals (YRP) aims to bring the rail industry in all its guises closer to schools, teachers, career advisors and students through a series of events, visits and talks.

To officially launch this year’s activities, Rail Week are proud to collaborate with CrossCountry Trains and announce the launch of a first of its kind partnership between CrossCountry Trains, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (CRP) and Newcastle College Rail Academy on 4th October at the college.

Working in Partnership – CrossCountry Trains, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnerships and Newcastle College Rail Academy

With a proud legacy of rail innovation, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership and CrossCountry Trains are becoming partners with Newcastle College Rail Academy. This is a UK first, that a Train Operating Company and a Community Rail Partnership, to work together with an academic college is such a partnership. The partnership will be provide all students at Newcastle College Rail Academy a genuine 360 degree view of the rail industry.

The partnership supports YRP and Rail Week in the quest to inspire young people to consider a career in rail throughout the year by providing CrossCountry Trains employees the opportunity to speak to the students on topics such as impact of overruns; safety and customer service. Tyne Valley will offer a unique opportunity to allow students to volunteer their time to support Tyne Valley CRP on station enhancement projects and even developing new Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) resources for local schools in the North East.

Other confirmed events during Rail Week include; a visit to the GWR Reading Train Care Depot; the largest ever rail career “High” Speed Networking event at the notable Institute of Civil Engineers building which will welcome up to 100 pairs of young professionals and key stage 3 students; the opportunity to see state-of-the-art trains close up with a walk underneath a train in the maintenance pit, sit in a driver’s cab, watch a bogie removal demonstration, and have go in a simulator hosted by Siemens at the Three Bridges maintenance facility; a tour of Freightliner terminal at Basford Hall, Crewe and the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in railway signalling engineering with tours of Siemens Rail Automation Site where students will be invited to take part in interactive engineering challenges. Visit the full events list on our website to find out more.

May-Ann Lew, Rail Week project lead, Young Rail Professionals and Consultant at SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit: “Rail Week is our opportunity to showcase the range of different careers and skills in our sector and encourage people from all backgrounds to join rail. There are so many exciting and innovative rail projects coming to fruition and it is essential we attract young people to ensure they are delivered.

It is important to note that whilst Rail Week provides a focused week of activities and events where companies across the sector collaborate and provide initiatives aimed at encouraging young people to consider a career in the rail sector YRP and its Ambassadors work tirelessly all year round to deliver a series of outreach activities to inspire and encourage young people to consider a career in the rail industry. Join YRP and other organisations across the rail industry and be part of this amazing initiative today.

Pledge your support to Rail Week 2017

Rail Week takes place from Monday 9 October to Sunday 15 October with the aim of bringing the rail industry in all its guises closer to schools, teachers, career advisors and students. The dedicated week of activity will help address the skills shortage in rail-related roles and inspire a generation of young people through a series of events, visits and talks.

Last year more than 70 companies and organisations joined together and delivered over 150 events across the country for the first ever Rail Week. And now we need your commitment and support to make Rail Week 2017 even bigger and better.

The Rail Week initiative is the brainchild of the professional networking association Young Rail Professionals, but needs organisations across the rail industry to now get involved.

Why get involved?

  • Attracting talented and ambitious young people into rail iessential to meet the rail demands of the future.
  • By working together as an industry we will create greater awareness among students, parents and teachers about the opportunities and great careers in rail.
  • Rail Week will help challenge people’s perception of what it is to work in rail by showcasing the many different people, skills and roles in the industry which keeps passengers moving and allows us to deliver some of the most ambitious infrastructure projects around.
  • Rail Week will help improve the public perception of rail by delivering an engaging coordinated campaign which shows the best of rail and the people who work in the industry.

We need you to:

  • Get your company to sign our Rail Week 2017 – Pledge Letter and email to hello@railweek.com
  • Confirm you are supporting Rail Week through events, social media or content
  • Host tours of your depots, factories, control centres, stations, etc.
  • Badge any events/publicity you have in the diary for 9-15 October as part of the Rail Week campaign
  • Volunteer your staff to promote rail in schools as Rail Week Ambassadors

Rail Week is going to be an incredible celebration of everything that is great about Rail and we look forward to counting you as one the supporters to make Rail Week an incredible success.

Network Rail LNE Rail Week Round Up

For one intensive week, the London North Eastern and East Midlands team celebrated all that is great about the railway industry by inspiring approximately 450 young people with an exciting programme of events across York and the surrounding areas.

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Andy Leonard, training team leader, prepares to set off on a tour on Saturday 2 July as part of Rail Week

On 2 July, crowds gathered for guided tours around York Station, Scarborough Bridge and the Rail Operating Centre before learning all about the railway infrastructure and career opportunities at the Career Day in George Stephenson House.

Representatives from Network Rail, AMCO, Jacobs, Atkins and Arcadis spoke to a wide range of people from young people who had come with their parents, to others looking for a change in career.

19 volunteers from the LNE and East Midlands team also visited 7 local high schools to promote career opportunities within the rail industry, as well as involving students in interactive demonstrations of what the railway has to offer.

The week rounded off with a station open day, hosted jointly with Virgin Trains East Coast.

The team have already received feedback from the public following their hard work in coordinating the week:

The training centre tour was brilliant – I highly recommend it. I was originally thinking of training to be a signaller, but I’m now fascinated by welding too. I think I’ll apply for both!

I really appreciated the change to find out about what I can do with my history degree at the careers fair. I’ve always loved the railway and exploring old deeds but I never thought about property and liabilities as a possible career choice until now. You’ve given me lots to think about!”