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Crossrail offers young women chance to win mentors

Crossrail is offering young women across the UK the opportunity to win a mentor for a year.

The promoter of the £14.8bn trans-London rail scheme launched a competition to find innovative ways of attracting women into the industry.

It is open to women aged 16 to 19, and those submitting the 30 best ideas will be chosen to take part in a winners’ day including networking with leading women in the sector, and a Crossrail site tour.

Five will then be chosen to receive a mentor for a year, receiving virtual support and advice.

Less than one in three jobs at Crossrail Ltd is filled by a woman, and this is still better than the industry average.

Crossrail central section director Ailie MacAdam said: “Attracting young women into the sector is key to the industry’s future.

“We’re in a unique position where we can speak to industry and talk about ways in which we can make engineering and construction a valid option as a career path.

“There is no quick fix to this issue; but we want to make inroads into the matter so we can ensure the UK has a thriving skilled workforce from all backgrounds.”

The competition closes on Friday 23 May.

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