Rail Week: Mini Professors to women engineers

Apprentices completing task in workshop

It’s Rail Week - a celebration of the rewarding and diverse career opportunities across the rail sector.

From 8 October to 14 October a programme of special events will aim to address the skills gap in rail-related jobs.

It’s the latest effort by the rail industry to inspire young people to find out more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It comes during the Year of Engineering, a government campaign highlighting the world of engineering in the hopes of ensuring the country has the necessary skills for the future.

Rail Week is led by Young Rail Professionals, a not-for-profit association created by young people in the industry. The initiative reached 3,000 young people, their parents and teachers last year, according to Rail Week’s website.

Network Rail is joining in the industry-wide collaboration

On Wednesday 10 October, Network Rail is supporting Yorkshire Women in Rail’s event promoting STEM subjects and employability at our large rail operating centre in York. Eight apprentices and former apprentices will spread the word about our apprenticeship schemes.

The event is aimed at years seven to nine and will bring together STEM activities, mock interviews and information on careers available in the rail sector.

Attendees will also enjoy tours of Network Rail’s signalling school, welding school, track layout and operations floor. We hope pupils will feel inspired to pursue interests in STEM as they consider their GCSE options.

Network Rail has supported the Year of Engineering's Emily the Engineer activity books

On Thursday 11 October, representatives from Network Rail and industry partners will be at King’s Cross station to promote the exciting rail-related careers available across Britain.

Meanwhile, school children will visit Network Rail’s office in Milton Keynes on Friday to take part in STEM activities and enjoy a tour of the building - base to about 3,000 staff.

We have also partnered with Mini Professors UK to inspire the next generation of engineering experts through a very special lesson about trains and tracks.

Little engineers who want to know more about how the railway works and how we can keep safe around the tracks. Lessons across Britain will teach children about the railway, bridges and tunnels.

Network Rail encourages young women to consider a STEM career

Network Rail opening doors to future railway employees

Inspiring women in engineering

Careers at Network Rail