ENGIE supports new employment diversity pledge for transport
ENGIE is supporting a new pledge that promotes greater diversity of employment in the transport sector, developed by The Mayor’s Fund for London and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, specifically aimed at increasing the representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) talent in the transport workforce in London.
Transport is vital to creating sustainable and inclusive communities but a lack of diversity means that the industry does not reflect the customers it serves and is not accessing a full talent pool whilst faced with an increasing skills shortage. Research shows that young people and those from BAME communities are under-represented in the transport workforce. 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.
The ‘Transforming Transport' pledge is a set of commitments based on good practice developed with major employers to inspire and encourage other transport employers. It was launched at City Hall on 17 November with a panel of speakers including Network Rail, HS2 and London Underground.
The ‘Diversity in Transport Pledge’ comprises 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.
Earlier this year, ENGIE won a major 5-year contract with Transport for London (TfL) to deliver a range of maintenance services across more than 500 locations with service delivery by around 330 ENGIE employees. Other major employers that have signed up to the diversity pledge include Network Rail, London Underground, Great Western Railway and TfL. Learn more about the diversity pledge here.
ENGIE is also sponsoring a new mentoring programme for women in transport as part of its commitment to ensuring diversity in the transport sector.
ENGIE is committed to supporting our people and the communities we serve, read more about how we are working towards a more sustainable future in OurFuture Plan.