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Mayor's Fund For London


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.

That is we are asking businesses in the Transport Sector to SIGN UP TO THE DIVERSITY PLEDGE.


The Diversity Pledge aims to break barriers for young people from BAME backgrounds in starting sustainable careers, in particular within the transport sector. Transforming outreach, recruitment and progression practices will not only help organisations to build a more diverse employee base but also create sustainable business benefits.

Employers who take the Diversity Pledge are committed to three core principles:

  • Work in partnership to drive sustainable change
  • Practice internal transparency and encourage peer to peer mentoring
  • Provide access to work experience opportunities and/or quality apprenticeship

So far, we’re delighted to announce that the Rail Delivery Group, Transport Planning Society, TXM Recruit, Network Rail, Women in Transport, MTR Crossrail, Steer Davies Gleave, McGinley Support Services, AFBE, ASLEF and Skanska have all agreed to sign up to the Diversity Pledge.

“Network Rail is pleased to be involved in this initiative. We have benefited from having talented people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, who would not have considered working in rail without the Diversity in Transport Pledge. Now a number of the young people have jobs with us, and are thriving in our organisation.” Suzanne Hardy, Social Sustainability Manager, Network Rail

Download an outline of the Diversity Pledge here.






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