To celebrate the Women in Rail Awards this week, we’ve spent time with some of the successful women in rail to understand how they started their career in the rail industry.
Only 11% of the engineering workforce is female, and there’s plenty more work to do in improving the gender balance. Organisations like Women in Rail work hard to promote diversity in rail and celebrate all of the women in STEM.
Laura Bartram began her career in the Armed Forces before eventually securing her current role at Keolis through ATA Recruitment. In the below video she explains her path into rail and her thoughts on how we can encourage more people to consider a job in the rail sector.
Video Interview with Laura Bartram
How did you first get into engineering?
I first got into engineering by joining the military and I was an Aircraft Technician on Apache Helicopters. I then left the military and began to work as a Modifications Technician for Bombardier Transportation and I was also an Electrical Test Technician for Hitachi Rail Europe before coming into my current position for Nottingham Trams as a Tram Technical Manager.
How do we get more women in rail?
I think with encouraging women into rail, more needs to be done to encourage women into engineering in general. In school, there are no specific engineering subjects or anything tailored toward engineering. I only got into it because I wanted to join The Army, I didn’t pick an engineering trade, the Army suggested because of my good grades I should go into engineering.
What advice would you give to women considering rail jobs?
Recently the railway has continued to peak in regards to the exciting opportunities available and I think for the foreseeable future that’s just going to continue to rise. The railway is definitely a big industry to get into and I think now is the right time – if you’re wanting a good career with good prospects, I definitely recommend a career in rail.
A huge thank you to Laura Bartram for spending time with us to discuss her career in engineering and her advice for the future women of rail.
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