Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s leading public transport providers, taking care of more than a billion journeys each year on our bus and rail services. Our approach involves devolved management of our bus and rail companies, with their own brands that are accountable to their local stakeholders, serving their own customers’ needs.
We strongly believe in improving diversity and inclusion within the rail sector. Our workforce should be as diverse as the communities we serve. Not only is improving the gender balance in rail the right thing to do, it is also fundamental for performing successfully as a company. We were one of the first FTSE 250 companies to have a 50% representation of women on our Board, and our rail companies (Southeastern and GTR) have campaigns aimed at recruiting and retain women in rail.
We are setting clear targets to recruit women into roles across the business – especially in train driving positions. GTR’s overarching target is for 40% of applicants for train driver roles to be female by 2021. Southeastern and GTR both have women’s networks aimed at empowering female colleagues from across the business to tackle relevant issues.
We have been a long-term supporter of Women in Rail as we recognise the importance of highlighting the contribution of women in the rail industry to the broader public. The event helps to raise awareness of women across the business and showcases role models.