Young Railway Professionals was founded in 2009 to bring together young people from across the global railway industry, starting with young members from across the UK’s railway related institutions. It has rapidly expanded, and continues to grow as young people join the industry and get involved with the YRP from both the UK, Europe and across the globe.
As railways experience a great time of growth and investment, it is more important than ever that strong relationships across organisations are built, and best practice shared across the world through a vibrant, dynamic network, making the most of social media and tapping into the skills of rail’s young and enthusiastic employees. The YRP organises networking events designed both to inspire and to entertain, with a now infamous annual Black Tie Dinner event, drawing hundreds of young professionals together for a great evening of networking and relationship development. The YRP also runs an ambassadors programme, providing opportunities to its members to visit schools, colleges and universities to attract the next generation into this dynamic industry.
We will continue to focus on promoting the railway industry as a great place to grow and develop your career, on inspiring young people in rail to drive forwards through innovation and collaboration and on bringing people together through excellent networking events at accesible value. We will specifically seek to expand the work of our Railway Ambassador programme, sharing our passion and enthusiasm for our industry in schools, colleges and universities, letting young people know about the great career potential in the Railway, for those joining as Railway Apprentices, Graduates or from other sectors.
We will also lend our support to the Railway Children as our chosen charity, encouraging our members to take part in some of the great challenge events scheduled for this year, and also helping you to champion the rescue of street children through the Railway Children’s important work.