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Rail workers celebrate women in engineering

Network Rail has photographed 32 women engineers at the Bermondsey Dive Under site as part of efforts to mark Women in Engineering Day.

The infrastructure operator gathered the women rail workers together ahead of tomorrow’s national day.

Network Rail has set itself a target of doubling the proportion of women it employs to 30 per cent.

Director of diversity and inclusion Loraine Martins said: “The railway industry is a great place to work and I encourage all women, and particularly those young women who are choosing their topics to study, to see the railway and engineering as exciting and rewarding environments.

“Diversity and inclusion is important in our sector, particularly if you are serious about improving performance and its safety. We know that where you have a diverse workforce you get greater creativity and innovation, and where you are inclusive you attract the best people. And we want the best people to join us to help deliver our ambitious plans for the future of our railway.”

Transport for London will tomorrow attempt to stage the largest ever communal jumping high five to mark National Women in Engineering Day.

The Institution of Civil Engineers is also backing the event.

Director general Nick Baveystock said: “Women represent 10% of ICE’s total membership and female applications to ICE are slowly rising, with graduate numbers at 18%.

“This is encouraging, but the reality is that there are still more male than female engineers, so we must do more, and collaboration between industry and institutions is critical to success.

“Engineering solutions are best delivered by multi-disciplinary teams of men and women working creatively together, so there is a commercial as well as a social imperative to right the imbalance, and industry must make its case.

“Schools also have a duty to lead the drive in overcoming outdated perceptions about careers in engineering and ensure they are accessible to all.”

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