James Lloyd of London Underground has won this year’s Recruiter/HR of the Year Award at the RailStaff Awards 2012.
James Lloyd was nominated for his hard work in attracting young people to the transport industry. He pioneered a series of classroom to boardroom events working with the Mayors Academies in London.
Youngsters aged between 14-17 years old undertook various transport challenges and presented their findings to a Transport for London (TfL) – some of the answers were later adopted by the organisation.
James also worked on the University Technical College project and set up the Rail Talent Community to tackle the growing problem of scarce skills in the industry.
As a result of his work students and young people have been attracted into the industry enriching both London and TfL. During the London Olympics he was heavily involved as a travel ambassador at London Bridge station.
Tom O’Connor, managing director of the Rail Media Group which organises the RailStaff Awards, said: “James Lloyd demonstrates what can be achieved using imagination and initiative.
“The railway industry is expanding rapidly and needs to recruit a whole new generation to carry it forward. James is helping bring that about and we should all be grateful. His is a stand alone triumph and this award is hugely deserved.”
London Underground, part of TfL, runs trains on 11 different lines serving 270 stations. The network has over 408 km of railway, reaching into 28 London boroughs.