TXM Recruit play an integral role in the development of Women in Transport; an organisation that has changed dramatically over the last decade.
Sonya Veerasamy, Vice President of Women in Transport, has been involved with the organisation since 2008 and has seen a wonderful positive change in Women in Transport and the industry over the years.
“In 2008, I joined Women in Transport (what was then WTS London) as a member after seeing a stand at an event. At the time I was an engineer/transport planner at a global engineering firm and we didn’t have much training because of the way the market was. I became a board member in 2013,” explained Veerasamy.
“Over the past ten years, Women in Transport has transformed; new systems, events and focus. The way we interact with members has massively changed as well as how the transport sector interacts with women and values women in the workplace. That was really evident in 2014 when TfL launched the ‘100 years of Women in Transport’ campaign, in collaboration with us and a number of other employers and organisations who work in the sector. The campaign marked a step change for us and the sector as a whole. It generated significant engagement from industry around women working in transport as well as awareness about the diversity of careers, the opportunities and the contribution that women have made to the transport industry.”
In 2016, Women in Transport also formed the All Party Parliamentary Group for women in transport to tackle the under representation of women in the sector.
Last year, the organisation became independent from the WTS International brand and relaunched as ‘Women in Transport’.
TXM Recruit has been a key part of that development by backing the organisation’s first mentoring programme, and supporting Women in Transport’s growth.
Now, Veerasamy wants the organisation to keep developing and take on more members to help become a recognised platform for women in the transport industry across the whole of the United Kingdom.
“Our hope is that Women in Transport can become a national platform and support women across the UK who are working in the transport industry.
“Also, we have started to engage with a younger generation by supporting school engagement efforts, which will help the pipeline of future women working in transport.”