Generation Z Europeans to work in the rail sector to save the planet
The train is today one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport and is becoming more and more sustainable thanks to the advances and solutions of the European supply industry. In that sense, do Gen Z – ages 16 to 25 – want to use the train for their green credentials? Are women particularly interested in the many green and technological jobs that the rail industry offers? How do legislators want to integrate rail transport into the European Union’s Green Deal? A survey1 presented today in Brussels at the launch event of the ‘HOP ON FOR OUR PLANET’ campaign answered these and other questions, in which representatives of DG GROW, the European Parliament , railway supplies, and Generation Z youth.
The initiative, which starts from the European rail supply industry and seeks to build Europe’s green future through high-speed rail, aims to encourage young workers and students who will soon be integrated into the labor market to capitalize on opportunities. proposed by the railway industry to develop a professional career in an innovative sector, so that they can help create a more sustainable world. In addition, the survey, developed by the international think tank ThinkYoung, is a unique opportunity to listen directly to Generation Z, in order to develop an industrial and public policy adapted to their needs. In this sense, research shows some interesting keys such as:
Most of these young people are ready to use greener transport for the good of our planet. Generation Z urges authorities to invest in sustainable rail transport. Generation Z believes zero-emission technology is the future of innovation for rail transportation. About half of Gen Z want to pursue careers and education to help preserve our planet. Women of this generation who are currently studying careers in STEM value employers who are committed to sustainability more than men.
“The campaign clearly demonstrates that the rail sector is the best way to create sustainable transport infrastructure, innovative jobs and a lifelong employment opportunity, especially among Generation Z Europeans, who according to the survey, to learn more about our industry ”, explains Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Chairman and CEO of Alstom and Chairman of UNIFE.
For his part, Dominique Riquet, MEP and Vice-President of Renew Europe and member of the Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN), declared that ““ HOP ON FOR NOTRE PLANET ”is a good initiative to attract European experts in the railway industry. of supplies. To remain leaders in this field, we will have to show a new generation of innovators the role they can play in the European transition. “
On the other hand, Barbara Bonvissuto, Head of Unit DG GROW of the European Commission, said that “digitization and automation are rapidly changing the skills needed in the rail ecosystem. The next sectoral cooperation project will have the potential to improve the offer to employees prepared for the railway sector ”.
Finally, Philippe Citron, CEO of UNIFE, said that “today’s event demonstrated the continued reinvention of our rail industry. We are happy to be part of the “ HOP ON ” campaign, because it is another opportunity – after the “ Blueprint for Skills ” – to hire young experienced professionals, to give them access to incredible innovation and offer them the guidelines to get great job opportunities. . Together, I am convinced that we can quickly achieve the Green Europe Deal ”.
The survey and campaign support the European Union’s initiative to make 2021 the European Year of the Train, which celebrates the train as the most sustainable, innovative and safe means of transport.