In August 2015 Crossrail Chair Terry Morgan was asked by the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to help the transport industry ensure a continuous pipeline of skilled workers to deliver the unprecedented investment in transport infrastructure. As part of our work promoting an inclusive workforce InterEngineering was involved with the development of the report.
The strategy sets out how government will create 30,000 apprenticeships in the road and rail sector by 2020. The Department for Transport and its delivery bodies will write specific apprenticeship targets into contracts for the road and rail investment programme, using procurement to guarantee that more apprenticeships will be created in the sector.
The strategy also sets a stretching target to increase the number of new female entrants to engineering and technical apprenticeships in the transport sector, with the aim of making sure the proportion of women in these roles reflects that of the working population by 2030.
InterEngineering helped ensure that the strategy also highlights that further action is required within the engineering industry to tackle homophobia and its effect on productivity.