Traditionally, the transport industry has struggled to attract women, but we are working to get more women behind the wheel.
We recently held our first women’s network event which bought together women and male allies across our business to discuss career opportunities within Transdev and strategies for encouraging more women to pursue careers in the transport sector.
Women from our People and Culture, Operations and Training teams shared their career journeys and their thoughts on opportunities for women in the transport sector.
While each panellist had a different reason for choosing to build a career in the transport industry, ranging from challenging the traditional ideal of what women should do to being a positive role model for their children, all agreed the future for women in the transport sector looks bright.
Rachel Spencer, Interim Managing Director said she left the session feeling uplifted, “We want to lead the bus industry and create a supportive and inclusive environment for women wanting to build a career in the transport industry. Our women’s network is helping us realise that goal.
“There was real positivity in the discussions which demonstrate the importance of bringing women together to share their experiences and ideas.”
Transdev aims to have 40% female bus drivers by 2030, earlier this year we launched an all-female driving school to attract more women to bus driving roles.
We are also working on a range of recruitment initiatives including targeted recruitment campaigns for women and partnering with the Transport Workers’ Union to identify women from the aviation industry who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.