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10 % women in our driving seats by 2025

We are facing a shortage of drivers in the transport industry and at the same time the industry predicts that we need to recruit about 2,500 new drivers over the coming five years. With only 2 out of 100 trucks and lorries driven by female drivers, there is a huge potential to increase the number of female drivers by engaging this segment of work force.

To the left; Simone Kallegaard Jensen , to the right: Natascha Sørensen

The Danish Industry Federation has set a goal of 10% female drivers by 2030. We have set a goal for having 10% women in our driving seats by 2025 which means we are almost there counting 17 female drivers in our fleet which represents 7% of our drivers across countries. But we have no intention on stopping our focus on this important focus area here, we see a lot of strengths and opportunities by focusing on diversity in general but also by continuously increasing the number of female drivers within our company.

“I am really happy to see an increase in our number of female drivers during the last years. It is important to me that our company is able to attract the best drivers in our markets, both female and males, to continuously stay competitive and a preferred supplier to our customers.” Says Anne-Kathrine Steenbjerge, CEO in Ancotrans.

Diversity at all company levels strengthens our competitiveness

In Ancotrans we believe in diversity at all company levels strengthens our performance and competitiveness, also in the management, where our Executive Board consists of a female CEO and three men. Our Board of Directors also includes a female Board Chairman. Our goal is to have equal representation of men and women in the top management and in our Board of Directors.

Elsebeth Wegeberg
Group HR Manager
“We have a strong focus on bringing diversity in general into our industry, because we believe that we – as well as all other companies - will benefit from diverse perspectives, attitudes, experiences, and competences.”

“We have have a strong focus on bringing diversity in general into our industry, because we believe

that we – as well as all other companies – will benefit from diverse perspectives, attitudes, experiences, and competences. Different points of views simply improve results when we manage to truly listen to each other.” Says Elsebeth Wegeberg, Group HR Manager in Ancotrans.

 

As a part of being able to attract especially female drivers we have started initiatives on both recruitment processes, mentorship, goal-setting relating to diversity, more female facilities, female work wear, as well as addressing our inclusive culture.

 

Debate in national tv

This week our skilled Danish driver, Dianne Yttesen and her ANCO truck participated in an interview in the national Danish TV show “Go’ Morgen Danmark” about bringing more gender diversity into the transportation industry. 

 

In the interview, topics such as facilities and culture were discussed as potential obstacles in the recruitment of female drivers. These are both areas we are focusing on continuously here in ANCO. See the interview here (In Danish and requires a login/subscription to TV2 Play).

The link to the interview is via TV2 play which demands a login or subscription. Unfortunately, we are not able to share the broadcast in other ways.

Before educating and working as a driver in Ancotrans Dianne used to work in a flower shop. She used to admire the big Scania (Truck) rolling in and delivering flowers. And was amazed by the sound and look of the truck. One day she saw an ad on Facebook, and thought, “this is my call”. And luckily she is a part of our driver staff today. 

Dianne Yttesen
Driver in Ancotrans
“I truly enjoy the freedom in the job, seeing nature from the road every day, and meeting our customers.”

“It can be a tough industry, especially the jargon and the prejudice about womens driving skills. And I believe this can prevent women from applying.” Dianne express during the interview with TV2. 

 

“We know that many female drivers face prejudice about their skills in the industry, but this is – as with a lot of other prejudices – often based on lack of information. Actually a fun fact is, that our managers say that our female drivers tend to make fewer damages. Our female drivers are doing a great job. Just as our male drivers.

We simply need to develop a more inclusive culture based on facts in the industry.” Says Elsebeth Wegeberg.

 

“Therefore it is extremely important that we in Ancotrans are aware of our tone of voice, and culture in general. We for sure want to have fun, but it is a delicate balance between e.g. overstepping boundaries and making collegial jokes.” She continues.


Dianne believes it would be an advantage for the industry to be present in e.g. primary schools, and to show female role models and tell about the positive sides of the job as a driver. And it is also an important parameter to ensure that the facilities meet female needs.

As a part of the tv-show Dianne got the unique opportunity to drive her truck into the famous Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen. A once in a lifetime experience!

Role models and the face of our company

It was also our driver, Dianne, who participated in a national campaign for road safety, with Lastbil Karavanen and Kids Tour, where lots of families and young people met and experienced different elements of safety in the traffic especially around the big trucks. We are proud to have drivers of both genders that hopefully can be both role models and the face of our company on the outside.

Dianne Yttesen is demonstrating her truck from the cab, so children get to see how it looks from the inside and understand the difficulties in the blind angles of a truck.

We are proud to be a part of this important debate.
Thanks to Dianne for representing female drivers and ANCO in the interview.

Read the guidelines (By 3F, ATL, DTL-A and task force) to recruiting more women into the freight industry here.
And get 13 practical recommendations to help companies make the industry more attractive to women.