Southeastern has been running the train service between London and Kent and parts of East Sussex since 2006. We operate one of the busiest networks in the country including the UK’s first domestic high speed service using 140mph Javelin trains. Southeastern is operated by Govia, a joint venture between leading transport operators Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis (35%). Every weekday, 640,000 passenger journeys are taken on over 2,000 train services, using a fleet of 392 trains serving 180 stations, supported by over 4,000 employees.
Here at Southeastern, we recognise the importance of diversity in the workplace and are committed to shaping a workplace environment which supports inclusivity.
Our diversity monitoring, amongst other measures, shows that women are underrepresented in our workforce, especially where we consider roles that may reflect societal views of which jobs are traditionally male or female i.e. train drivers. We are therefore investing time and effort to encourage women to join Southeastern, especially in underrepresented roles by setting a target to boost the number of female applicants to train driver roles from 14% to 40% by 2021. This is in addition to ensuring there are not barriers to progression for the women who currently work with us.
As part of our commitment to promote and enhance gender diversity, we have decided to once again participate in the Big Rail Diversity Challenge with gender balanced teams as part of our drive to appreciate and celebrate diversity.
We fully support the work of Women in Rail. A number of our women and men are individual members and we are proud to participate in the cross-company Women in Rail mentoring scheme with 10 mentoring pairs. Additionally, we are exploring opportunities to further collaborate with Women in Rail across our network in new and innovative ways.