“Your journey starts here” was the strapline of the first ever railweek event which has just finished on 3rd July.
Over the course of a week, leading rail businesses and ambassadors have hosted 157 events up and down the country, all aimed at inspiring young people to pursue a career in rail. Events have included station and depot tours, train and signalling simulators, industry focused webinars, careers and apprenticeship events and characters like ‘Maths Girl’ on the Newcastle Metro aimed at bringing fun and practical learning to KS2 maths. Such a wide range of events has meant children from as young as 5, right up to university students and young professionals have had an opportunity to get involved.
Engineering and construction is being challenged by increasing skills shortages, particularly amongst commercial disciplines such as estimating, quantity surveying and commercial management. Plus a dip in children studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) is leading to a situation that cannot be ignored.
The work of @rail week, supported by STEM ambassadors and representatives from organisations including Mott McDonald, Amey, Crossrail, Bombardier, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Network Rail and Young Rail Professionals is absolutely vital in exciting young people about a career in rail.
For further information on the campaign visit www.railweek.com