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 (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: the winner of this category will:

  • Be a woman who has been employed in the UK railway industry for a maximum of 3 years – please note the nominee’s age is immaterial
  • The nominee can be a new entrant to the railway sector or be upskilled from another specialism, career or sector
  • The nominee must have demonstrated 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 a female apprentice.

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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 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.

Criteria: the winner of this category will:

  • Have been working in the UK railway industry for no more than 3 years (the nomination form must include the date when the nominee started working in UK rail and in her company) – please note the nominee’s age is immaterial
  • The nominee can be a new entrant to the railway sector or be upskilled from another specialism, career or sector
  • The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding technical abilities, strong personal values and pro-active thinking
  • The nominee must have inspired and be a role model to others, men and women
  • The nominee must have shown potential in shaping the future of our industry and/or displayed tremendous initiative and pro-activity.

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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: the winner of this category will:

  • Be a champion of gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in UK rail
  • A man who overcame adversity and challenges
  • A man who is inspirational in what he has achieved
  • A role model to others, men and women
  • A man who has leaned into the debate and been pro-active in putting in place a solid support structure for women
  • A man 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
  • 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
  • Credit will be given if the nominee’s achievements are outside his employment and he has shown pure altruism.

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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: the winner of this category will:

  • Be a champion of gender balance, equality, diversity and inclusion in UK rail
  • A woman who overcame adversity and challenges
  • A woman who is inspirational in what she has achieved
  • A role model to others, men and women
  • A woman who has leaned into the debate and been pro-active in putting in place a solid support structure for women
  • A woman 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
  • 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
  • Credit will be given if the nominee’s achievements are outside her employment and she has shown pure altruism.

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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 inclusivity 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: the winner of this category will:

  • Be an employer who has taken pro-active steps towards female talent retention within its organisation and in the railway
  • Be an employer who has devised initiatives to identify and promote female talent within its organisation with a view to fostering the next generation of female leaders in rail
  • Be an employer who has demonstrated a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Be an employer who has devised a range of policies and practices related to family support, women’s career progression and flexible working within its organisation and/or the UK railway industry
  • Be an employer who has influenced the future of the UK railway industry by, for instance, encouraging other 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 and/or by making the rail sector a better place to work
  • Step change must be demonstrated and evidenced.
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: the winner of this category will:

  • Have developed a strong and successful apprenticeship scheme in its company and UK rail
  • Have received positive internal and external feedback from apprentices
  • Have made 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 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: the winner of this category will:

  • Have developed a strong and successful graduate programme in its company and UK rail
  • Have received positive internal and external feedback from apprentices
  • Have made 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 a real difference to the culture within the company.

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4.

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 men and women 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 which culture, approach, efforts and achievements are inspirational in its effort to include local communities into rail.

Criteria: the winner of this category will:

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

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5.

Women in Rail Team Award

Recognition by the whole of the Women in Rail team, including Regional leaders and their Steering Committees, Trustees and Directors, of the individual or organisation who has pro-actively championed the work of the charity in the last few years and has been instrumental to its growth and success.

Criteria: the winner of this category will:

  • Has been altruistic in it/his/her support of Women in Rail;
  • Has been a strong advocate and champion for the work of Women in Rail;
  • Has been instrumental in helping the charity increase its sphere of influence in pursuit of its goal.