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DfT, Enterprise and West Midlands Combined Authority among top 50 employers for women

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The Department for Transport (DfT), Enterprise Rent-A-Car and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) are among those named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2021.

The listing, run by the charity Business in the Community, recognises organisations which are committed to gender equality in the workplace.

Network Rail and Royal Mail also feature in this year's listing.

DfT was recognised for its work to improve the recruitment of women, secure a more diverse talent pipeline and promote flexible working and an inclusive culture. Examples include:

  • Mandating gender decoders to ensure the language in job adverts does not deter women from applying
  • Working across the transport industry to encourage more women and girls into STEM roles
  • Upskilling line managers to support the wellbeing of their staff throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

The award also reflects the efforts of DfT’s Gender Equality Network – a staff network with nearly 1,000 members dedicating volunteer time to supporting initiatives such as a domestic abuse charter, menopause support group and mental health and resilience support for all staff.

Bernadette Kelly, DfT Permanent Secretary, said: "Being recognised for our gender equality work is a fantastic achievement, especially given we work in a historically male-dominated sector.

"DfT is committed to becoming a more inclusive employer and I hope in the year ahead we can make even more progress on gender equality as we build on the work this accolade recognises.

Charlotte Woodworth, gender equality director at Business in the Community, said: "Covid-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown.

"We congratulate the many employers who have maintained their efforts towards gender equality at this time, often introducing innovative policies to support their workforce during this period.

"This year’s application process for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women was the most competitive one we have seen in 5 years. Employers like the Department for Transport haven’t forgotten women at work and they are committed to making gender inequality a thing of the past."

See the full listing here

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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