Siemens Mobility has won the Best Training or Development Programme at this year’s Women in Rail Awards, with judges recognising the significant impact its programme has a had on growing women’s careers within the business.
The hotly-contested award recognises the success of the programme, which has been developed over five years and is a key part of how Siemens Mobility is working to develop and retain female talent at all levels.
Siemens’s Mobility’s programme includes:
- ‘Seven Pillars of Success’ – a 20-week programme for emerging talent; of the 39 participants to date, 97% have stayed with the business with 40% achieving a promotion
- ‘New Year, New You’ – a course open to all women in the business, which has a 4.6/5 satisfaction rating from the nearly 500 people who have taken part
- ‘Inspire’ – an intensive course combining one-to-one sessions, peer mentoring and group challenges; within two years of completion, 89% of participants had changed role with 67% achieving promotion
- Women’s Mentoring Programme – which engages senior women in the business to mentor more junior colleagues; 90% of mentees would recommend the group mentoring to a friend or colleague, and 84% said they would love to participate again.
Julie Owen, Acting CEO UKI, Siemens Mobility, said:
"I’m so proud of the work we’ve done to develop and retain women at Siemens Mobility – and this award recognises that it’s industry-leading.
“Too often, people assume that improving gender equity in rail is just about recruitment.
“But we recognsied that retention of women was just as important, and our female colleagues told us they wanted better career progression.
“So our committed team developed this programme and I’m delighted that their hard work has now been recognsied by Women in Rail.”
Siemens Mobility’s success was not confined to one category: Oliver Grove, Head of Project Management Office, Customer Services, secured the ‘highly commended’ accolade in the Male Rising Star of the Year category.
Meanwhile Milly Johnston, an Advanced Apprentice at Siemens Mobility’s new rolling stock manufacturing facility at Goole was shortlisted for the Female Apprentice of the Year Award; and Sam Haysom, HR Business Partner for Rail Infrastructure, was shortlisted for the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award.