EMT Leading the Race

Bondholder East Midlands Trains has been named by Business in the Community as one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race.

Jake Kelly, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “It is important that our workforce reflects the communities we serve and we need to be a welcoming place for everyone.

“Our recruitment team has been doing a lot of work to encourage a more diverse workforce by tackling the unconscious bias through blind candidate screening and running targeted recruitment campaigns that have encouraged more applications from females and people from ethnic minorities. We still have a way to go but it’s great to see that the steps taken so far are starting to pay off, and we’re extremely pleased this has been recognised by Business in the Community.”

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to East Midlands Trains on being named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing. They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue.

“I hope more employers will follow their example of best practice and take part in the 2018 listing. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now.”