Individual Awards

1.

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 proactivity 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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2.

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 proactive 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 proactivity, 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 proactivity.

*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.

3.

Inspirational Man of the Year Award

Recognition of a male** professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK rail sector by proactively 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 proactive 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.

4.

Inspirational Woman of the Year Award

Recognition of a female* professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK rail sector by proactively 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 proactive 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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5.

The Adeline Ginn Women in Rail Award*

Recognition of an “unsung hero”. This Award will be nominated by the Women in Rail team.

Criteria: Someone in the UK railway industry:

  • Who has gone above and beyond his/her/their day job to support others – individuals or communities
  • 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 has continued to work tirelessly, contributing to helping recovery of the railway serving passengers and customers
  • Who has gone over and above support their colleagues working in operational roles
  • Who carried on in their substantive operational roles, but also undertook other voluntary activities to support their local community.

*This category is not open to nominations. The winner for this award will be nominated by the Women in Rail Team. 

Team/Corporate Awards

1.

Best Training or Development Programme Award

Recognition of an organisation who has developed a strong and successful training scheme or programme in UK rail, success being measured by, amongst others, positive internal and external feedback from participants, evidence of a real improvement in career progression within the organisation, in staff retention and/or an increased percentage of employees as a result 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 training scheme and/or programme in its company and UK rail
  • Have received (and this must be evidenced) positive internal and external feedback from participants.
  • Have made (and this must be evidenced) a real improvement in participant career progression within the organisation, in staff retention and/or an increased percentage of participants in the organisation’s work-force.
  • The Scheme must have made (and this must be evidenced) a real difference to the culture within the company.
2.

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.
3.

Top Employer of the Year Award (Under 250 Employees)

Recognition of an employer who has taken proactive steps to embed an inclusive culture but specifically 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:

  • Employ under 250 employees (SME classification)
  • Be an employer who has taken proactive steps to embed an inclusive culture but specifically 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, proactively 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.

4.

Top Employer of the Year Award (Over 250 Employees)

Recognition of an employer who has taken proactive steps to embed an inclusive culture but specifically 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:

  • Employ over 250 employees
  • Be an employer who has taken proactive steps to embed an inclusive culture but specifically 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, proactively 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.

5.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

Recognition of an organisation, team or individual who has developed a strong and successful approach to EDI. Winning submissions must prove how they have made a tangible and positive effect within the workforce, and if applicable, the wider UK rail industry. They must also demonstrate how they have met the criteria and/or demonstrated the values of the WR/RIA EDI Charter. This award category recognises that not all companies, individuals or teams will have the same starting point, resources and opportunities to build upon.

The nominee must support social mobility and be committed to creating equal opportunities for everyone. They will recognise the role our industry can play in creating opportunities and unlocking talent. They understand that embedding an inclusive culture within their own organisations, and collectively within the UK railway industry, is crucial to unlocking the potential a diverse workforce can offer. Greater inclusivity and diversity will help develop the next generation of leaders in rail, make our sector a more attractive career, foster innovation and play a substantial role in the creation of a best in class railway sector in the UK.

Criteria: winner of this category will have made a significant difference against a number of the following criteria:

  • Have put in place a strong and successful Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme in its company or UK rail
  • Have demonstrated a pro-active inclusive and diversity mindset and culture in the broad sense
  • Evidence must be provided of the benefits of work done by the nominee
  • The nominee must have made a particular effort to ensure diverse 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 diverse people
  • The nominee must have demonstrated a diversity mindset
  • The benefits of the nominee’s approach must be demonstrated
  • Actively encouraging any ‘quiet voices’ and ensuring that people have equal opportunity