Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are the guiding principles that have governed the RSS Infrastructure (RSSI) business strategy from the very beginning. The company is committed to acquiring a diverse range of talent to help foster an environment of creativity and innovation, ensuring that the organisation remains one of the UK’s leading providers of infrastructure services.
If the UK economy is to meet both its productivity and infrastructure targets over the course of the next five years, then it is fantastic initiatives like the Women in Rail ‘Big Rail Diversity Challenge’ that will help change perceptions within the industry of what is deemed ‘traditional’ tasks for men and women. This diversification of roles will help to improve business processes, inspire a new generation of industry leaders who in turn will help to formulate a lasting legacy that is built on a foundation of respect and appreciation of difference.
Women in Rail began the ‘Big Rail Diversity Challenge’ in 2016 and since then the event has doubled in size. ‘Women in Rail was created to improve diversity in the UK rail industry through providing networking opportunities and support for all women within the sector, to encourage companies and stakeholders to adopt diversity as a business strategy and devising initiatives aimed at positioning rail as an attractive career choice for young people.’
Adeline Ginn, Founder of Women in Rail commented “The Big Rail Diversity Challenge is an important step in the rail industry agenda. It openly seeks to disprove one of the most destructive myths in professional life: that women and men cannot work effectively together. By engaging both men and women in equal measure, we have started to tackle gender imbalance head on and create a more attractive, productive and successful industry in the process.”
This year RSS will be competing in “The Big Rail Diversity Challenge” in order to Network alongside other competing companies and support the Women in Rail’s overall aim of achieving a more diverse workforce.