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Individual Awards

1.

Women in Rail Female Apprentice of the Year Award

Recognition of the talent and outstanding contribution of a woman new to the rail industry but who has shown exceptional skills as an apprentice and whose behaviour and professionalism has been exemplary and inspirational.

2.

Women in Rail Rising Star of the Year Award

Recognition of a remarkable woman who is in the early stages (e.g. the first 5 years in the aggregate) of her career in the railway but has already made an impact on her colleagues, peers and customers by demonstrating outstanding technical abilities, strong personal values and pro-active thinking; a woman who is a role model to others and has shown potential in shaping the future of our industry and/or displayed tremendous initiative and pro-activity, either by trying something different, empowering men or women in our sector or inspiring them to opt for a career in rail.

3.

Inspirational Man of the Year Award

Recognition of a male professional who, in the last 12 months has made an outstanding contribution to the UK rail sector by pro-actively influencing others to promote gender balance, diversity and inclusion in their workplace or in rail; a man who has inspired women to opt for a career in the sector; a man whose achievements, infectious energy and determination to improve gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the rail sector has been inspirational and/or a man who took a significant career break to bring up a family and/or be a carer before returning to the railway and achieving great things.

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Inspirational Woman of the Year Award

Recognition of a female professional who, in the last 12 months, has made an outstanding contribution to the UK rail sector by pro-actively influencing others to promote gender balance, diversity and inclusion in their workplace or in rail; a woman who has inspired other women to opt for a career in the sector; a woman whose achievements, infectious energy and determination to improve gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the rail sector has been inspirational and/or a woman who took a significant career break to bring up a family and/or be a carer before returning to work in the railway and achieving great things.

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Women in Rail Award

Recognition of an individual, man or woman, who has made an outstanding contribution to women in rail by championing and/or driving a policy change which has resulted in a substantial improvement to the understanding and attitude of the UK rail industry to the need to improve diversity and inclusion and close the skills gap in the UK railway sector.

Team and Corporate Awards

1.

Women in Rail Diversity & Inclusion Award

Recognition of a team of individuals who have thought “outside the box” and devised innovative internal policies and recruitment processes to attract a diverse workforce and openly promotes diversity and inclusion.

2.

Women in Rail Top Employer Award

Recognition of an employer who has taken pro-active steps towards female talent retention within their organisation and in the railway; an employer who has devised initiatives to identify and promote female talent within their company with a view to fostering the next generation of female leaders in rail; an employer who has demonstrated a commitment to a range of policies and practices related to family support, women’s career progression and flexible working within their organisation and/or the UK railway industry.

3.

Women in Rail Best Graduate or Apprenticeship Programme of the Year Award

Recognition of the organisation who has developed a strong and successful graduate/apprenticeship programme in the UK, success being measured by, amongst others, feedback, career progression and retention.

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Women in Rail Highest Gender Balance Board Award

Recognition of the organisation who has worked hard in the last 12 months to increase gender balance on its board and/or throughout all grades and roles within its corporate structure.