Welcome to Women in Rail’s Mentoring Programme!
A sustainable, scalable and transferrable cross-industry Mentoring Programme delivered by Women in Rail in collaboration with Moving Ahead.
We are delighted you are interested in taking part in the Women in Rail cross-industry Mentoring Programme. The purpose of the Programme is to provide a support platform for men and women in UK rail, champion diverse thinking, cross-fertilisation of ideas and networks and promote diversity in rail, starting with gender diversity as the core focus, but embracing broader diversity over time.
Partnering with Moving Ahead
Women in Rail is running the Women in Rail Mentoring Programme in collaboration with Moving Ahead, a specialist company that is behind the design and management of the mentoring algorithm which supports the matching of mentors and mentees for the hugely successful 30% Club, as well as the internal mentoring programmes of Deloitte, BT, Aviva, London Stock Exchange Group, Centrica, Marks and Spencer, HSBC, PwC, EY and BNY Mellon to name a few.
Key features of the Women in Rail Mentoring Programme
The Women in Rail Mentoring Programme is a cross-industry mentoring initiative where mentees are matched with a mentor from a different company, based on the requirements they have entered on their profile (which include location, personal interests, technical skills and experience).
Mentors are senior men and women professionals working in UK rail. This year, we have opened the Programme to male mentees (in addition to female mentees). Female mentees will continue to be given priority in terms of their matching preferences (as entered on their profile) and male mentees will, to the extent possible, be matched with a female mentor, to promote inclusion and diversity of thoughts.
Under the Programme, each mentor and mentee is given access to an intranet where they load their profile and answer specific questions designed to ensure accurate matching.
The matching is carried out by an algorithm with each match being reviewed and approved by the Women in Rail Mentoring Team.
Mentors and mentees receive professional training via an online learning platform, live workshops and Masterclasses. They are also be invited to attend 3 networking events where they have an opportunity to ask questions, receive additional guidance but also expand their network within the UK railway industry.
The Programme is funded by companies (Participating Companies) from the UK railway industry willing to take part, participation being entirely voluntary.
For a fee of £250 per individual, each Participating Company is able to put forward from 6 to up to 20 mentoring pairs (namely between 6 mentors and 6 mentees to 20 mentors and 20 mentees) from their own organisation.
Each Participating Company nominates a Programme Partner whose task is to lead the programme internally, put forward individuals for mentoring and review the matches proposed by the Women in Rail Mentoring Team. Each Programme Partner receives training and is supported by the Women in Rail Mentoring Team throughout the duration of the Programme.
The £250 fee includes, for each mentor and mentee:
- matching (and re-matching if necessary),
- access to all learning materials (briefing documents, videos, literature),
- training and
- access to all training materials (digital, guides and in-person, including Masterclasses),
- three networking events and
- ongoing support throughout the 9 months of the Programme.
Women in Rail Charitable Pro-Bono Fund
As part of its repowered Programme, Women in Rail has created a charitable fund, the Pro-bono Fund.
The purpose of the Pro-Bono Fund is to enable women associated with the UK railway industry to take part in the Programme as a mentee free of charge (a Pro-Bono female mentee).
Eligible women are job seekers, women in transition, on care leave, or women from organisations not able to take part in the Programme, with consideration being given to Women in Rail ’s core aim of promoting diversity in UK rail. Of course, specific and strict eligibility criteria do apply.
The Pro-Bono Fund is sponsored by Participating Companies who, when signing up, are made aware of this initiative and given an opportunity to either:
- put forward 1 additional mentor (i.e. 11 mentors and 10 mentees), or
- put forward 1 less mentee than mentors (i.e. 10 mentors and 9 mentees); and/or
- make a donation of £250 to sponsor a Pro-Bono mentoring place for a Pro-Bono female mentee.
The Women in Rail 2019 Mentoring Programme – a few interesting facts
In 2019, it was the first time Women in Rail collaborated with Moving Ahead.
The Women in Rail Mentoring Programme saw 97 pairs being matched with 194 mentors and mentees taking part in the Programme, mentees being exclusively women and mentors being men and women in UK rail.
The Programme also welcomed 3 Pro-Bono Mentees which was fantastic.
The skillset requested the most by mentees taking part in the Programme was Project Management.
If you would like to know more about the Women in Rail Mentoring Programme, do not hesitate to contact us at WRMentoringTeam@moving-ahead.org
We wish you all the best and look forward to welcoming you on the Women in Rail Mentoring Programme!
The Women in Rail Mentoring Team.