A 3Squared-backed initiative is taking place next month to help find and inspire the next generation of rail talent.
The Rail Human Library (RHL) event – which is also supported by the Railway Industry Association – is being held on 25 March in Rotherham as part of a wider STEM event, Get Up to Speed, which is being held to encourage youngsters to take an interest in the construction, technology and manufacturing sectors.
The Get Up to Speed event is the largest STEM event in Yorkshire and in 2020 will reach schools from across the North and the East Midlands for the 10th year in a row, with over 3,000 students expected to attend the expo.
The Rail Human Library is a speed-dating style event that enables students to talk to a number of rail sector workers, from any discipline or background. It will also give rail professionals the chance to inspire hundreds of students throughout the day.
RHL will be located with the ‘Rail Zone’, which will be the first calling point on entry into the event.
Currently approximately 50 individuals from over 40 different companies have signed up to take part in the RHL event and the organisers are hoping a wide variety of companies and people from within the sector will attend in order to give students a cross-section of people to engage with.
3Squared is proudly backing the project as RHL aligns perfectly with the technology company’s ethos of nurturing local talent from an early age; 3Squared is partnered with Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Women in Technology and the company also offers work placements and internships to local students.
Lucy Prior, MBE MSc, Business Engagement Director, 3Squared and a co-organiser of RHL, said: “3Squared is delighted to be supporting this crucial event to inspire and find the next generation of railway and technology workers.
“3Squared’s innovative software pushes the envelope of what’s possible in the rail sector and the company is growing at a rapid rate, but in order to keep ahead of the curve, we must inspire and find new talent with fresh ideas and solutions to problems and challenges the industry faces. The Rail Human library event will do just that and I’m looking forward to speaking to interested students at the event.”