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The Go-Ahead Group Hiring 1,000 Women Bus Drivers In London

13 Sep 2019

The Go-Ahead Group Hiring 1,000 Women Bus Drivers In London

The Go-Ahead Group are on a mission to boost their female headcount and have announced plans to recruit 1,000 women bus drivers in London.

The move will see the firm double the ranks of its female workforce before 2025 as it recruits an average of more than 150 women per year over the course of the next six years.

If successful with their recruitment plans, Go-Ahead’s bus driving workforce would then be made up of 20 per cent women.

As well as bus driver jobs, there will also be opportunities for women to join Go-Ahead in vehicle maintenance roles.

Announcing the recruitment drive, People Director at the Go-Ahead Group, Siobhan Morrison, said: “Women and men of all ages and backgrounds travel on our buses. We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our passengers and communities, so there are great opportunities for women to work in our bus businesses.”

“We are challenging stereotypes and leading the way in securing skills from the widest possible talent pool,” added Ms Morrison.

Commercial & Customer Director for the Go-Ahead Group, Katy Taylor, also commented, saying: “There are no requirements of women to be strong or big or tall. Over 70 per cent of our customers in London are female so it totally makes sense to have women behind the wheel to reflect that audience and to make sure we're making the right decisions for our customers.”

“There are lots of perceived barriers for women and why they think bus driving isn't for them. But they're very easy to drive, they 're very simple. You don't have to be strong, they're not very heavy,” said Ms Taylor.

Sarah Stephenson shared her experiences of working as a bus driver for Go-Ahead, saying: “Being a bus driver is a job that many women may not even consider, but since starting I have seen just what a great career path this is.”

“It’s so well suited to those who want to be able to contribute to the community, but also have a steady work-life balance with flexible working hours. Along with good pay, we get lots of great benefits such as free travel for me and one other person, so my teenage daughter loves it.”

“I would really like to encourage more women to join the industry and to prove that we can do it just as well as men. It’s a good job with great benefits,” enthused Ms Stephenson.

You can find out more about jobs and apprenticeships and apply for live vacancies at Go-Ahead Buses by visiting their careers site. And for some general information about working behind the wheel, take a look at our guide to Driver Apprenticeships where you will also find current opportunities to enter the career.

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