All aboard: building a more diverse and equitable transport workforce


20 May
09:00 to 10:30


Hall 3, Level +1

The transport workforce needs to evolve to prepare for a diverse, heavily digitalised future under increased climate change pressure. Therefore, new skills are required to develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive transport systems while focusing recruitment on all segments of the labour market, regardless of gender. To achieve such goals, the opportunities to enter and advance in the transport workforce need to be equal for all. 

As countries commit to net-zero carbon economies, the race to decarbonise the transport sector also has to be coupled with an inclusive and just transition. A just transition for workers in the existing transport sector and of the future will need to receive decent pay, conditions and employment stability. Transport workers would also need to have the knowledge, skills and experience to design and deliver future transport services. This session will focus on existing standards and initiatives that ensure the creation of a diverse and equitable transport workforce as the sector continues to evolve. It will discuss how transport-related disciplines and training can be further enhanced to prepare workers with the skills required by the sector today and in the future, what type of policies are needed to promote access to jobs for all segments of the society and how to make transport jobs more attractive and accessible to women.


Alette Van Leur

Director of the Sectoral Policies Department

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Bruno Batista de Barros Martins

Executive Director

National Confederation of Transport, Brazil

Stephen Cotton

General Secretary

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Alberto Mazzola

Executive Director

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)