TRAIN operator Northern is calling for more women to apply to be drivers.

Tricia Williams chief operating officer at Northern said: “We have hundreds of train drivers in our business but less than 10 per cent are women - we want to change that.

“Driving trains is for everyone whether you’re just starting out in your career, a working parent or are looking for a career change.

“Northern is a great place to work for everyone and our aim is to create a culture where people feel value and included.”

Emma Chester, one of Northern’s newest driver recruits said: “No one really talked about the railway when I was in school, but I always knew I wanted to do something a little bit different. Joining the railway has been the best decision I've ever made.”

Katy Grant used to sell phones and gadgets but changed careers to become a driver as she wanted to try something new. Katy said: “After 18 months of good quality training, I’m now fully qualified. Sometimes change is the best thing that can happen to you.”

Northern has also seen applicants with a background in policing, education and healthcare among other fields.