The transport sector has a vital role to play for London. As well as bringing communities together and enabling travel across the city, it also has the power to unite culture, talent and potential.
As one of the capital’s largest employers, the London transport sector has a critical role to play in improving diversity of employment of young Londoners.
Research shows that young people and those from BAME communities are under-represented in the sector’s work force. Unemployment of young people is higher in London than anywhere else in the UK and young people from BAME communities are twice as likely to be unemployed and almost twice as likely to live in relative poverty as their white counterparts.
A lack of diversity of social background and ethnicity makes it difficult for the transport industry to understand its customers. The industry is missing out on a vast pool of potential talent.
Generating economic prosperity that is more inclusive will not only create a fairer society, it will also build a stronger foundation for transport companies and local communities.
That is why we are asking businesses in the transport sector to sign up to the #DiversityPledge today.
“With London’s fantastic culture and ethnic diversity, there is a real opportunity for business to take advantage by hiring a diverse workforce. At a time when young people are needing more support to access skills and job opportunities on their doorstep, it is vital we provide opportunities to engage with employers and work with experts and stakeholders from business and civil society on promoting the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion in work.” – Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement
Generating economic prosperity that is more inclusive will not only create a fairer society, it will also build a stronger foundation for both transport companies and local communities to be successful.
As one of the capital’s largest employers, the London transport sector has a critical role to play in improving diversity of its employment of young Londoners.
We aim to break barriers for young people from BAME backgrounds in starting sustainable careers in the transport sector. Transforming outreach, recruitment and progression practices will build a more diverse employee base whilst creating sustainable business benefits.
This is a big challenge requiring senior leadership, driving commitment and collaboration from their companies.
THE DIVERSITY IN TRANSPORT PLEDGE
The Mayor’s Fund for London and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have brought employers together to support young people from BAME backgrounds into transport sector careers.
We have worked with a core group of employers (Stagecoach, Network Rail, Eurostar, Ngaged, South Western Railway, TfL) to develop a set of commitments based on good practice, known as the ‘Diversity in Transport’ pledge:
- To raise awareness of how employers can increase diversity and narrow the skills gap.
- To build a powerful alliance of transport sector employers who sign up to the Pledge.
- To utilise learnings for different sectors with similar challenges.
Employers who take the Pledge are committed to three core principles:
- Working in partnership to drive sustainable change
Employers engage more closely with a wide range of employment support organisations and schools, allowing access to a broader talent pool.
- Internal transparency and champions
Staff and recruitment partners are aware of the employer’s commitment to diversity. Appointing senior champions and encouraging peer to peer mentoring are powerful methods of embedding commitment to diversity.
- Short term investment creates long term benefit
Providing access to structured work experience opportunities and/or quality apprenticeships are key methods of bringing new skills to business. Good practice has shown that the associated upfront costs are offset by the longer-term benefit to business.
By signing up to the Pledge, employers:
- Agree to follow the principles and take part in informal reviews to ensure they remain a core part of the organisation’s vision.
- Share experience, good practice and collaborate with others as part of the collective alliance.
- Encourage relevant stakeholders to sign the Pledge. We are looking to build the Alliance with at least 20 transport sector employers in London.
Employers can choose to take part in the Pledge at two levels:
- As a SUPPORTER – who commits to and champions the core principles of the pledge
- As an IMPLEMENTER – who applies recommendations for success which are drawn from the best practice highlighted by the employer group. View full recommendations here.
To get involved contact
Sietske van der Ploeg on
or tel: 020 7983 5761