Our Mission and Mural
We recognise that there is a massive gender gap within our train driver workforce. Our mission? To encourage women to apply to become train drivers with Avanti West Coast.
We’ve made it our goal to increase the number of female applicants for new driver roles with us to 50% by 2030. In order to reach that goal, we need to show women that train driving is a career for them and smash the social stereotypes about who belongs in Avanti West Coast’s Class of 2023.
This isn’t a new idea - women have been part of the driver workforce since 1979 when trailblazer Karen Harrison became one of the first female train drivers in the UK. Unlike many firsts however, her story isn’t widely known or recognised. We want to change that - Karen deserves to be painted as a true pioneer who broke down barriers for hundreds who have followed in her footsteps. In addition to her role as a driver, Karen fought for the rights of other women, and minorities, in the rail industry.
In 1978, being a female train driver was a big deal, and we're working hard to make sure it isn’t anymore. The best way to remind everyone of Karen’s achievements and inspire the next generation? A massive mural at Euston station painted by Manchester-based graffiti artist Akse, visible to passengers starting and finishing their journeys.
Follow in Karen’s footsteps!
Register your interest by creating an account with us now, and we will drop you an email when we are next recruiting for Trainee Driver roles.