Tackling the imminent skill shortage in the rail sector is critical. The sector not only needs to address the ageing workforce, but also the fact that highly skilled people with IT and engineering profiles tend not to choose a career in rail – the sector must address this image problem. Moreover, rail companies struggle event to fill lower-skilled job profiles as the demand for rail services increases with an increasingly climate conscious customer base. Finally, another big challenge facing the rail sector is how to diversify the current workforce by attracting more women to join its workforce.
People working as consultants in the sector often experience a struggle to find qualified staff to man their projects – for several years now. At European and international level, there are several initiatives to tackle the issue. One of them is the ‘Staffer’ project, the Skill Training Alliance for the Future European Rail system, which gathers 32 partners from the European rail sector to address this challenge. Here to describe the problem, and to discuss possible solutions are our speakers from different parts of the European rail sector. They all have but one common goal – attracting talent to our sector, thereby securing its bright future as provider of sustainable mobility and employment in the EU.