Returning to the exhibition this year will be the Recruitment Wall, available throughout the three days of Railtex, powered by Rail Media’s Railway People.
The Recruitment Wall will provide access to an extensive range of exhibitors’ job opportunities, helping to match them with the skills of visitors seeking career development.
Interested candidates can talk to the prospective employers on their stand at Railtex or apply online.
Seminar and Panel Discussion: Securing the next generation
A Free to attend seminar hosted by the Railway Gazette will address the issues of recruitment, training and retention of staff in UK rail over the past decades.
Securing the next generation: a Railtex Seminar
Labour costs account for a significant portion of railway funding, reflecting a fragmented and piecemeal approach to recruitment, training and retention in UK rail over the past two decades.
Over that period, concern has mounted about the rising average age of railway staff, which is being exacerbated by a recognition that recruitment practice has largely failed to deliver a diverse workforce that reflects the society that the railway serves.
Multiple initiatives have been launched across the rail sector and in related fields such as engineering, led by the UK Rail Sector Skills Strategy. Yet it is clear that major challenges remain – especially as the political turbulence of recent years risks making it harder to retain staff born outside the UK.
In our panel discussion at the Railtex trade show in Birmingham, our panel of industry leaders will assess these and other key questions including:
- How much progress has been made in bridging the skills gap over the last five years, and what are the key steps needed in the next five?
- What are the key tools and initiatives needed to improve the diversity of the UK rail sector?
- How will the labour needs of major rail investment projects be accommodated over the next five to 10 years?
- What more can be done to improve the attractiveness of rail careers to younger people, parents, teachers and career advisors?
- The type of work undertaken by rail staff is changing rapidly, driven largely by the rise of digital technology. How can we equip the next generation of rail staff to work in a changing sector?