Despite the challenges of 2020, Go-Ahead says it has continued to invest in its workforce for the future and has recruited more than 50 apprentices a month during 2020 despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In total during 2020 it recruited 650 apprentices.
Go-Ahead London has hired more than 300 apprentice bus drivers, of whom 17 per cent are female, compared to the 12 per cent national average of female bus drivers.
Go-Ahead people director Scott Maynard says: “The pandemic has prompted many people to change careers – either through choice or because their previous jobs have become untenable. A lot of people who wouldn’t have previously considered working in bus and rail are looking at opportunities in the industry in a new light.
“Public transport is critical for our future and is essential in the fight against poor air quality and climate change. We will always need great people to help us drive our buses, maintain our trains and help passengers on their journeys. Apprenticeships are just one of the ways we are investing in our future.”