New scheme to develop future London bus managers launched

New scheme to develop future London bus managers launched

08 March 2013

A new scheme to develop the bus managers of the future in London was launched today (Friday 8 March) - International Women’s Day - by London United and Unite, the largest union in the country.

The training programme will take up to 10 junior employees from groups currently underrepresented in London United’s management – encouraging applications from women and ethnic minorities – during 2013.

The potential applicants could be bus drivers, engineers or in administration roles who would then go on five two-day modules. Applications close on 19 April.

This project is a joint sponsored initiative between Unite and London United, aimed at providing first level supervisory and management skills training for junior grade staff with a view to developing future managers and enhancing the diversity mix of the management population.

Unite regional equalities officer Mel Whitter said: “The bus industry in London has an amazingly diverse workforce; I am pleased to be working with the company to recognise the full potential of its employees, especially women and ethnic minority workers.

“The project will seek to deliver a basic knowledge of supervisory and management skills through modular training sessions and is aimed at junior grade staff, particularly from minority groups currently underrepresented in management level positions.”

London United is one of the capital’s main bus operators and employs over 2,000 bus workers.

For further information please contact Mel Whitter on 020 8800 4281 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.