SYSTRA is leading the way in championing equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the engineering and transport sectors.

We are proactively working to build diverse and inclusive workplaces that respect, value and optimise the contribution of all our employees.

By creating and celebrating a diverse workforce that reflects our communities, we enhance our capabilities and our capacity for innovation and optimum performance. We are taking positive steps every day to promote equality, build diversity and embrace inclusion for under-represented groups within our business and the wider engineering and transport sector.

We want everyone to feel welcomed, valued and supported in our workplaces, regardless of gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or ethnic background. To support and encourage diversity and inclusion at SYSTRA, we have invested in wide-reaching initiatives that target everything from improving our gender balance to providing training in cultural and LGBTQI+ awareness.

We carry out regular employee surveys to assess how we’re doing and to inform our policies and practices, so that we constantly address and improve our equality and diversity performance. We’re also working with specialist external partners and our ED&I colleague engagement group to ensure we adopt best practices throughout SYSTRA.

How does SYSTRA promote equal opportunities?

Here are a selection of the ways we promote and encourage greater equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business:

WISE – Women In Science and Engineering

We have partnered with the WISE campaign to promote Women in Construction and Women in Rail – helping to achieve a better gender balance across our business. We have signed up to the industry-led Ten Steps, and support the WISE ‘Big Rail Diversity Challenge’ and mentoring scheme.

Equality in recruitment

We have amended our graduate recruitment process to improve the consistency of our selection methods. Changes include the introduction of an online interview platform, and training for interviewers that focuses on fair and effective interview techniques.

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Family-friendly policies

We have updated our maternity and paternity leave arrangements to provide consistently higher levels of leave entitlement. It’s one of the ways we are creating a family-friendly working environment at SYSTRA.

ED&I colleague engagement

To ensure all of our colleagues have a voice and an opportunity to share their experiences, we have established an ED&I colleague engagement group. It enables everyone to provide feedback on all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion at work.

Women@SYSTRA

Our Women@SYSTRA internal network provides women with a host of opportunities, including leadership workshops, networking groups, articles and discussions on issues affecting women such as the menopause and impostor syndrome.

our ED&I strategic pillars

To create a structure and focus for our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, our ED&I colleague engagement group has developed five strategic pillars:

  • Everyone recognised We have appointed leads to champion equal opportunities and inclusion strategies across race, socio-economic status, gender and religion.
  • Everyone has a voice We share our action plans through regular webinars to ensure everyone understands how they can ask questions, share experiences and ideas, make suggestions and give feedback.
  • Monitoring our performance We are developing ED&I data capture and review processes to monitor representation, gender pay gap and other equality metrics – and measure progress against our goals.
  • Attracting diverse talent Through STEM engagement initiatives we are working hard to promote careers in SYSTRA and the wider industry to a diverse audience.
  • Giving back Through a range of initiatives, including volunteer days, we are working to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our communities.
  • SYSTRA is Disability Confident Committed SYSTRA is a Disability Confident Committed employer. That means we have been recognised for our commitment to providing an open and inclusive environment where people with disabilities are included and valued. As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we meet criteria set by the government to encourage applicants with a disability to apply for roles within our organisation. We also support people with disabilities who are interested in a career at SYSTRA by offering work experience and student placements.

Our commitments

Armed Forces Covenant graphic. On the left of the image the Armed Forces Covenant logo is pictured - a lion on a white background, standing up, facing to the left and holding a UK flag. The royal crown is next to the flag. 'Armed Forces Covenant' is written underneath the lion. On the right side of the graphic 'Proudly Supporting Those Who Serve' is written in caps on a light brown background.
Women in Rail / Railway Industry Association ED&I circular charter badge. The border is detailed with equal blocks of green, blue, red, yellow, orange, turquoise and pink. Inside the border in a circular shape it reads 'We have signed the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter'. In the centre the Women in Rail logo is pictured above the Rail Industry Association logo and 'The voice of the UK rail supply community'.

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