Today I went to hear Chris Grayling, our Secretary of State for Transport, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. He said a considerable amount, highlighting the significant improvements to transport that have been delivered under Conservative administrations, but I was particularly pleased to hear him highlighting the transport industry as a great place for young people considering careers to work in.
It is certainly true that the transport industry needs more young people, who will embrace the cutting-edge technology which has the capability to revolutionise our industry. We need younger management teams, but we also want younger front line staff; 29% of bus and coach drivers are at least 60 years old. There is a wealth of experience in these career busmen and women, and it is vital that this is imparted to the next generation whilst it is still available.
Here at Vectare, we are certainly ahead of the curve when it comes to engaging with young people. Myself and Peter are of course fairly young ourselves, and we actively recruit the brightest and best straight from school and university. Indeed, some of our employees are still in education when they start to work for us, and this furnishes them with vital experience that they can call upon when applying for full time jobs later in their careers. It is certainly pleasing that the UK's top transport man agrees with, and advocates, our strategy.