Apprenticeships are integral to helping colleagues develop, grow and gain key skills. Go-Ahead has set a target to recruit more than 1,000 new apprentices across the rail and bus network by the end of 2019.
In March 2019 our bus company Go-Ahead London opened a state-of-the-art training academy for apprentices in Camberwell to facilitate this goal.
This Camberwell academy marks the first time that we have trained aspiring bus drivers under an apprenticeship programme, as we train the next generation of bus drivers into the city. Apprentices are provided with essential training and life skills beyond being a driver and are supported by two certified driving examiners on-site.
The academy is also used by Go-Ahead London to deliver technical and academic apprenticeships in-house, with training taking between 12 and 36 months. Apprenticeships range from traditional engineering and technical programmes to customer service and business administration.
Reflecting Go-Ahead’s commitment to championing diversity, two-thirds of Go-Ahead London’s current apprentices come from a BAME background, while one in five are women. The ages of the apprentices range from 18 to 65. This means we are on our way to having a workforce that represents the diversity of the communities we serve.
The Camberwell Academy demonstrates Go-Ahead’s continued investment into apprenticeships – helping to build and develop talent within our operating companies and empower our workforce to grow.