Year 11 girls “buzzing” after careers presentation from GWR
4 February 2020
On track for a career in the railways? Sixteen of our Year 11 girls have been learning all about the employment opportunities in the industry, in a presentation from four women who are enjoying successful careers with GWR.
From train drivers and engineers to managers, HR advisers and customer services hosts, the students discovered that the company offers strong career pathways for women and that there are entry points at aged 16, 18 and post-graduate.
The girls split into groups to hear from each of the four GWR employees about the key qualities and skills needed for the various roles available in the railways.
Miss Trezona, Careers and Employability Manager at the College, said: “The students were all unaware of what was on offer for women in this sector and were encouraged by the support that GWR offers.
“Women are an under-represented group in the industry as a whole and GWR is actively seeking to raise the number of women across its workforce.
“The four women who came in to do the presentation were talking from experience, and the students were absolutely buzzing afterwards.”
Valerie Pope, at GWR, said: “It was a pleasure to meet with the students. They showed a real interest in the industry and asked relevant, interesting questions. We very much hope to see some of them on the railway in the future.”
Miss Trezona added: “This was another great opportunity for our students to meet employers’ representatives in our community to learn about the world of work and the opportunities available to them.”