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Online webinar this International Women in Engineering Day

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is marking International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2020 with an interactive online event to offer an insight into engineering careers in the rail industry.

While aiming to attract more women to consider the sector, the event is open to anyone considering a role in engineering. Attendees will hear from colleagues from the rail operator, as well as key partners from the wider engineering industry.

The event will be presented in two online video webinars, offering a morning (10:30 – 12:30) and afternoon session (14:30 – 16:30). Steve Lammin, engineering director at GTR, said:

“As the largest train operating company in the UK, it goes without saying that engineering is a major part of the business. We’re always on the lookout for our future talent and are pleased to see an increase in applications for various engineering roles across the company this year.

“We’re continually working to attract more women into the rail industry and this event forms part of our wider commitment to greater diversity in this space.”

The webinar will present a range of engineering roles, and the career opportunities on offer across GTR’s network. Click here to register.

Over the past year the rail operator – which runs Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern services – has undertaken targeted recruitment advertising campaigns for female-focused websites and audiences in order to attract more women to consider a railway career.

GTR said that this has resulted in increased applications for train driver and engineering roles, as well as engineering apprenticeships.

Adding that applications for female train drivers in particular jumped by 78% from 2019 to 2020.