Individual Awards

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Female* Apprentice of the Year Award

Recognition of the talent and outstanding contribution of a female* apprentice who is in the first 3 years of her/their (first) apprenticeship in the rail industry (whether a new entrant or upskilling) but who has shown exceptional skills as an apprentice and whose behaviour and professionalism has been exemplary and inspirational.

Criteria: winner of this category will:

  • Be a female* who has been employed in the UK railway industry for a maximum of 3 years
  • The nominee’s age is irrelevant
  • The nominee can be a new entrant to the railway sector or be upskilled from another specialism/career/sector
  • The nominee must have demonstrated (and this must be evidenced) exceptional skills as a female* apprentice and an exemplary drive and determination and/or an innovative mind and/or tremendous initiative and pro-activity as an apprentice.

*At Women in Rail, the words “woman”, “women” and “female”, when used by the team, span the nine protected characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation, as well as broader behavioural and background diversity, such as thinking and personality types, socio-economic background and life experience and include women who are transitioning and non-binary people.

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Rising Star of the Year Award

Recognition of a remarkable woman* who is in the early stages (e.g. the first 3 years in the aggregate) of a career in the railway but has already made an impact on colleagues, peers and customers by demonstrating outstanding (technical and/or non-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 others in our sector or inspiring them to opt for a career in rail.

Criteria: winner of this category will:

  • Have been working in the UK railway industry for no more than 3 years (you must state in your nomination form the date when your nominee started working in UK rail and in her company)
  • The nominee’s age is irrelevant
  • The nominee can be a new entrant to the railway sector or be upskilled from another specialism/career/sector
  • The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding technical or non-technical abilities (depending on the nominee’s role), strong personal values and pro-active thinking
  • The nominee must have inspired and be (and this must be evidenced in not more than 2 additional documents) a role model to others
  • The nominee must have shown potential in shaping the future of our industry and/or displayed tremendous initiative and pro-activity.

*At Women in Rail, the words “woman”, “women” and “female”, when used by the team, span the nine protected characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation, as well as broader behavioural and background diversity, such as thinking and personality types, socio-economic background and life experience and include women who are transitioning and non-binary people.

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Inspirational Man** of the Year Award

Recognition of a male** professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK rail sector by pro-actively influencing others to promote gender balance, equality, 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 who has leaned into the debate and put in place a support structure for women* in the rail industry; a role model whose achievements, infectious energy and determination to improve gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in the rail sector has been inspirational; a man** who overcame challenges and adversity and/or took a significant career break to bring up a family and/or be a carer before returning to the railway and achieving great things.

Criteria: winner of this category will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Be a champion of gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in UK rail
  • Someone who overcame adversity and challenges
  • Someone who is inspirational in what he has achieved
  • A role model to others
  • Someone who has leaned into the debate and been pro-active in putting in place a solid support structure for women*
  • Someone who has inspired women* to opt for a career in the sector
  • A role model whose achievements, infectious energy and determination to improve gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in the rail sector has been inspirational
  • Someone who overcame challenges and adversity and/or took a significant career break to bring up a family and/or be a carer before returning to the railway and achieving great things
  • Credit will be given if the nominee’s achievements are outside his employment and he has shown pure altruism.

* At Women in Rail, the words “woman”, “women” and “female”, when used by the team, span the nine protected characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation, as well as broader behavioural and background diversity, such as thinking and personality types, socio-economic background and life experience and include women who are transitioning and non-binary people.

**At Women in Rail, the words “man”, “men” and “male” when used by the team, span the nine protected characteristics also include men who are transitioning and non-binary people.

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Inspirational Woman* of the Year Award

Recognition of a female* professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK rail sector by pro-actively influencing others to promote gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in their workplace or in rail; a woman* who has inspired women* to opt for a career in the sector; a woman* who has leaned into the debate and put in place a support structure for women* in the rail industry; a role model whose achievements, infectious energy and determination to improve gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in the rail sector has been inspirational; a woman* who overcame challenges and adversity and/or took a significant career break to bring up a family and/or be a carer before returning to the railway and achieving great things.

Criteria: winner of this category will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Be a champion of gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in UK rail
  • Someone who overcame adversity and challenges
  • Someone who is inspirational in what they have achieved
  • A role model to others
  • Someone who has leaned into the debate and been pro-active in putting in place a solid support structure for women*
  • Someone who has inspired other women* to opt for a career in the sector
  • A role model whose achievements, infectious energy and determination to improve gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in the rail sector has been inspirational
  • Someone who overcame challenges and adversity and/or took a significant career break to bring up a family and/or be a carer before returning to the railway and achieving great things
  • Credit will be given if the nominee’s achievements are outside her employment and she has shown pure altruism.

*At Women in Rail, the words “woman”, “women” and “female”, when used by the team, span the nine protected characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation, as well as broader behavioural and background diversity, such as thinking and personality types, socio-economic background and life experience and include women who are transitioning and non-binary people.

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The Women in Rail Award

Recognition of an “unsung hero”.

Criteria: Someone in the UK railway industry:

  • who has gone above and beyond his/her/their day job to support others – individuals or communities – during the pandemic
  • who has made an exceptional contribution to others – individuals or communities – and demonstrated outstanding kindness, care and compassion, acting as an inspiration to others
  • who continued to work tirelessly during the various lockdown and restrictions stages, helping key workers from around the country to get to their places of work
  • who continued to support their colleagues who were working in operational roles
  • who volunteered to help their communities, including many colleagues who may have been stood down from their substantive roles
  • who carried on in their substantive operational roles, but also undertook other voluntary activities to support their local community.

Team and Corporate Awards

1.

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 equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace; an employer who has devised 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.

Criteria: winner of this category will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Be 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 equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • An employer who has devised 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
  • Step change must be demonstrated
  • The employer must have influenced the future of the UK railway industry (encouraging organisation(s) to support women* in the rail industry, campaigning for rail at schools, colleges and universities, pro-actively taking action to influence policy changes) or on making the rail sector a better place to work.

* At Women in Rail, the words “woman”, “women” and “female”, when used by the team, span the nine protected characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation, as well as broader behavioural and background diversity, such as thinking and personality types, socio-economic background and life experience and include women who are transitioning and non-binary people.

2.

Best Apprenticeship Scheme Award

Recognition of an organisation who has developed a strong and successful apprenticeship scheme in UK rail, success being measured by, amongst others, positive internal and external feedback from apprentices, evidence of a real improvement in apprentices’ career progression within the organisation, in staff retention and/or an increased percentage of apprenticeship in the organisation’s workforce.

Criteria: winner of this category will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Have developed a strong and successful apprenticeship scheme in its company and UK rail
  • Have received (and this must be evidenced) positive internal and external feedback from apprentices
  • Have made (and this must be evidenced) a real improvement in apprentices’ career progression within the organisation, in staff retention and/or an increased percentage of apprenticeship in the organisation’s workforce.
  • The Scheme must have made (and this must be evidenced) a real difference to the culture within the company.

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Best Graduate Programme Award

Recognition of an organisation who has developed a strong and successful graduate programme in UK rail, success being measured by, amongst others, positive internal and external feedback from graduates, evidence of a real improvement in staff’s career progression and/or retention within the organisation and/or an increased percentage of graduates in the organisation’s workforce.

Criteria: winner of this category will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Have developed a strong and successful graduate programme in its company and UK rail
  • Have received (and this must be evidenced) positive internal and external feedback from apprentices
  • Have made (and this must be evidenced) a real improvement in graduates’ retention and/or career progression within the organisation and a real difference within the organisation
  • The Programme must have made (and this must be evidenced) a real difference to the culture within the company.

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Social Inclusion Award

Recognition of an organisation who has developed a strong and successful inclusion programme in UK rail; an organisation which is reaching out to the local communities to ensure local people are given access to – and the opportunity to benefit from – a career in UK rail; an organisation which has demonstrated a pro-active inclusive and diversity mindset in the broad sense; an organisation whose culture, approach, efforts and achievements are inspirational in its effort to include local communities into rail.

Criteria: winner of this category will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Have put in place a strong and successful inclusion programme in its company or UK rail
  • Be reaching out the local communities to ensure local people are given access to – and the opportunity to benefit from – a career in UK rail (this must be evidenced)
  • Have demonstrated a pro-active inclusive and diversity mindset and culture in the broad sense
  • Evidence must be provided of the feedback for the local community
  • The nominee must have made a particular effort to ensure local people are given the opportunity to have the benefit of a rail career
  • Evidence must be provided of the methods used by the nominee to employ/support disadvantaged people
  • The nominee must have demonstrated a diversity mindset, not merely with respect to gender but also disability etc (diversity in the broad sense)
  • The benefits of the nominee’s approach must be demonstrated, e.g. evidence that the local community/ies is/are more supportive.

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