Ranjit says that when she gets behind the wheel of a bus it makes her feel like women can do anything.
For Ranjit, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the hard work of women around the globe and a personal reminder, that with hard work and the right support, women can achieve their goals.
Ranjit has always had an independent spirit, at 16 she told her mum she planned to move across the world from India to Australia. A few years later, she landed in Australia ready to embrace a new and different life. Since joining Transdev in October 2018, Ranjit has relished the challenges that come with learning to drive a bus and being a driver on Victoria’s public transport network.
Ranjit was recruited through Transdev’s Journey Maker Academy having previously worked in the printing industry. While she was initially nervous to get behind the wheel of a bus, her training and on the job experience helped her build confidence and she quickly asked to be trained to drive articulated buses.
The Journey Maker Academy is a Transdev initiative which has been developed to help people from outside the transport industry to become a bus driver. The program is particularly targeted at women, young people and those with a strong customer service background.
“I feel proud to get behind the wheel everyday and be responsible for passengers. Driving is like being the “captain of my ship” - it feels great to be driving an articulated bus down Hoddle St knowing I am responsible my passengers and getting them where they need to go.
“Passengers tell me how good it is to see a women driving a bus and that makes me proud of the work I do.”
A self-confessed Bollywood fan, Ranjit loves to sing songs from her favourite movies. Having conquered the challenge of driving articulated buses, Ranjit has recently taken up a new challenge of learning the guitar.
Transdev has an absolute commitment to gender equality and currently has a number of initiatives in place to support us to create a more inclusive workplace such as:
- Our Journey Maker Academy which is helping us to diversify our workforce with a focus on greater recruitment of female drivers
- Gender neutral paid parental leave
- Paid family violence leave
- Communications campaigns to create a more inclusive workplace
- Employer of Choice Citation for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency through Transdev Australasia.
This International Women’s Day, we will be celebrating the steps we have collectively taken to create a more equal society, as well as reflecting on how we can continue to work towards equality.