A program designed to help disadvantaged Melburnians reconnect with the workforce is putting members of our migrant community in the driver's seat of our buses.
Transdev has partnered with not for profit Youth Activating Youth, the Victorian Government and the Australian Industry Group to help 16 long-term unemployed Victorians become bus drivers.
Budho Laa is a participant in the Youth Activating Youth initiative, based at Transdev’s Sunshine West depot and began driving on the network in December 2020.
Budho never considered a career as a bus driver and was initially nervous, but Transdev's training team quickly put her at ease. “I am proud to have exceeded my own expectations and now feel a connection with the bus when driving. Now I am on the road I enjoy meeting passengers and I am proud that I am responsible for getting them to where they need to go safely," she says.
Budho is now encouraging her female friends to consider a career as a bus driver and says her new career has made her family proud and her children excited about taking a ride with their mother behind the wheel.
Paul Birch, Chief People and Culture and Corporate Communication Officer said, “We are immensely proud to welcome the 16 new recruits into our workplace. And, as a team of people serving people, we are proud to be partnering in a program that supports jobs, encourages greater diversity, and leads to greater inclusion within our community and workplace.”
The program generated significant interest with more than 180 applications and 16 people successfully completing the program to become bus drivers.
Participants in the program received personalised training and mentoring from Youth Activating Youth before completing Transdev’s Journey Maker Academy which includes extensive on-road training a tailored instruction from Transdev’s dedicated training team.
Jobs Victoria committed $150,000 in funding to Youth Activating Youth for the initiative which is scheduled to be completed in March 2021.
Find out more about the program.