Go-Ahead London has ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme in Transport’

Go-Ahead London has received the ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme in Transport’ award at the Apprenticeship Guide Awards 2024.

This recognition underscores the company’s commitment to nurturing talent, promoting career development and fostering a culture of learning within the transport industry.

Additionally, Go-Ahead London is celebrating the accomplishment of Koli Begum, a dedicated colleague who was a finalist for the ‘Mentor of the Year’ at this year’s Apprenticeship Guide Awards. Koli’s journey at Go-Ahead London began as a bus driver and her commitment to her professional growth has earned her this recognition. She is now an exceptional mentor at Go-Ahead London, dedicated to supporting apprentices, guiding, and empowering the next generation of transport professionals.

This news builds upon the Go-Ahead Women campaign, launched in March to increase the number of women bus drivers. It has set a target to recruit 1,500 women bus drivers, aiming for 50% gender equality by 2035.

Over the year ahead, Go-Ahead London, plans to hire 500 apprentice bus drivers, most of whom will be on the road driving within six weeks of recruitment. Drivers are trained at Go-Ahead London’s Camberwell academy – the industry’s largest in-house apprenticeship centre. Since 2018, over 3,000 colleagues have joined Go-Ahead’s bus driver apprenticeships scheme.

“At Go-Ahead, we believe in investing in our people…” – Carolyn Ferguson, Go-Ahead’s Chief People Officer

Carolyn Ferguson, Go-Ahead’s Chief People Officer, said: “We are proud to be recognised as the Best Apprenticeship Programme in Transport. At Go-Ahead, we believe in investing in our people and providing them with the tools, support, and opportunities they need to thrive in their careers.”

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