Around 300 rail industry individuals will head to Peterborough Arena (East of England Showground) on June 9 for this year's Big Rail Diversity Challenge, staged by Women in Rail and event organiser Nimble Media. It is the second year for the event which was created to highlight the benefits of gender diversity in the rail industry.
A cross between It's a Knockout and Krypton Factor, the event brings together teams of ten individuals (ideally with a 50/50 mix of male and female participants) to take part in team challenges including blindfolded Land Rover driving, a quad bike obstacle course and hovercraft relay. The idea is to showcase women performing roles that are perceived as non-traditional.
RAIL is delighted to be supporting the event to show that everyone, regardless of their gender or background should see the rail sector as their chance for an exciting future.
For more information on the challenges for the day or details on how to enter, go to www.bigraildiversity.co.uk.
Here are some of the things people said about last year's event:
"The Big Rail Diversity Challenge took me totally out of my comfort zone and into a zorb, onto a Segway, part of a human table football game among other things. And you know what? I had a great time, worked in a team with people from my company I don't normally come across and found some hidden talents... thank you!"
Bridget Jackson, Head of Benefits Realisation, High Speed 2
"Thanks so much for the chance to take part in such an amazing day. The wide range of opportunities to stretch our collective brains and to take part in some great physical challenges made for an exceptional day - enjoyable and all in an incredibly worthy cause. Highly recommended."
David Statham, Managing Director, Southeastern
"On behalf of the YRP team, I wanted to thank you for putting together such a brilliant initiative. The team and I had so much fun, engraving fantastic memories (and pictures!) and was excellent team building experience. This is without forgetting the purpose of the event - YRP committee members know the values of diverse teams - whether it is gender, age, nationalities, background and even professions!"
Sabrina Ihaddaden, National Chairman, Young Rail Professionals