On Thursday 5 March, female colleagues from Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) subsidiaries, Freightliner and Pentalver, came together to celebrate International Women’s day at their training hub in Birmingham.
Hosted by HR Director for G&W UK/Europe Region companies, Glynis Appelbe, the day focused on diversity and inclusion, an area where the G&W UK companies are making steady progress.
Attended by circa 30 predominately frontline colleagues, including female train and truck drivers, the event provided a valuable opportunity to gain their insight on how both companies can improve diversity and encourage more females into frontline roles with G&W.
“Research clearly demonstrates that diverse organisations perform better, leading to more discretionary effort, improved collaboration and increased team commitment,” said Appelbe. “The constructive feedback from our female operational colleagues about what is important to them will help deliver further positive changes to our diversity and inclusion approach so that we can continue to recruit more women into our industry.”
Guest speaker, Network Rail’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Loraine Martins outlined how Network Rail’s diversity and inclusion strategy is positively impacting the rail industry with their CP6 strategy ‘Everyone Matters’ delivering for both passengers and employees.
Gary Long, CEO of G&W UK/Europe Region companies said: “When we hire and promote talent that is diverse, we become a smarter, better functioning and forward-thinking organisation.”
Tim Shakerley, Engineering & Operations Services Director for G&W UK/Europe Region companies, commenting on the void between numbers of engineers entering the workforce versus the number required, and the inevitable impact on lack of diversity, was quoted as saying, “I welcome more diversity in our UK Engineering team as I recognise that with diversity comes innovation, productivity and different ways of working.”
This latest event is part of a long-term strategy to attract and develop highly skilled talent from all backgrounds.
In recent months, Freightliner also became a WORK180 endorsed employer for women, highlighting the company’s commitment to increased diversity and a supportive work culture for all employees.