The RailStaff Awards are back and this year they’re bigger and better than ever!
The rail industry, like most others, has its fair share of awards evenings. Organised by trade associations, publications, interested parties, and even individual companies, they are all pretty much alike. Since its inception in 2007, only the RailStaff Awards have stood out as being completely different from the rest.
The first major difference is that no company ever wins anything. The RailStaff Awards are for rail staff – the people that make the industry great. There are 22 categories, some for teams, some for individuals, and some for both, but they are all for people.
Of course, all of those people work for a company, and their employers gets the kudos of them winning an award. Many companies encourage employees to enter and even help them do so, but at the end of the day, the person is in the frame not the company.
Very often, the entrant isn’t even nominated for their performance at work. The Train Driver of the Year doesn’t win because she is great at driving trains, and the Signaller of the Year isn’t a winner because he is a conscientious signalman. No, they win because of what else they do, in their spare time and between shifts. They work to support colleagues, the public, and the industry, to make the railway safer or to help the needy and infirm. To help schoolchildren be safe around the railway or to develop new ways to make the railway more efficient and perform better.
Date: Thursday 24th November 2022
Place: NEC, Birmingham
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