Derbyshire bus company gets on board with Girl Power

Trentbarton : Female Driver Recruitment Drive : Girl Power... L-R trentbarton drivers Jayne Phillips, Carole Hind (National Bus Driver of the Year), Keely Baker and Deborah Milnes.
Trentbarton : Female Driver Recruitment Drive : Girl Power... L-R trentbarton drivers Jayne Phillips, Carole Hind (National Bus Driver of the Year), Keely Baker and Deborah Milnes.

Female bus drivers are urging other women to consider getting behind the wheel for a new career that’s going places with Trentbarton.

The bus company already has the reigning – and first ever female – UK Bus Driver of the Year in its ranks, and wants women to know that they are the equal of men.

Red arrow driver Carole Hind, who won the National Driver of the Year title at November’s UK Bus Awards, said: “Being female shouldn’t hold any woman back from doing a job they enjoy. I’ve always felt very valued by the company and that the hard work of all our drivers – male and female – is appreciated by our customers.

“I have never felt like I was in a minority. I would say to any woman thinking of driving a bus, give it a go. You have nothing to lose and you might find that you have a job you love. I didn’t think I would take to it as I did, but I love it.”

Already one in seven of Trentbarton’s 841-strong driving team is female. The youngest is Zoe Mellors, based at Langley Mill, who is only 21-years-old.

March is Women’s History Month, and the longest-serving female driver is Angela Shelton, who is based at Langley Mill and has been driving for Trentbarton for 28 years.

Janice Morley, based at Sutton, also joined in 1988, a few months after Janice.

Tom Morgan, director of service delivery for Trentbarton, said: “We have an open door policy. We are constantly recruiting and always keen to hear from people who like helping people and would be great at making our customers happy.

“We provide the training to drive a bus. Candidates who are good communicators with a full car driving licence need only bring bags of enthusiasm.

“And it’s not just behind the wheel that women are progressing at Trentbarton. Half of our management team at the depots are female and women are contributing everywhere, including in our senior management.”

The company has almost 1,000 staff working across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.