Free bus to first job

Free bus to first job

 

Young people in Worthing who find transport problems hinder them starting a new job can get help from a new scheme introduced by West Sussex County Council. 

Those aged between 16 and 18 not in education, training or employment may be eligible for the ‘Routes to Work’ scheme.

The scheme gives travel and journey planning advice about how to get to a potential new job, and, subject to an offer of employment, a four-week bus pass to help them get there.

In Worthing it will be run from the County Council’s ‘Find it Out’ centre at Colonnade House, 47 Warwick Street – the information shop for young people.

The scheme was successfully trialled in Crawley last year and is being introduced across the rest of the county using external funding from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “Using the Routes to Work scheme can ease the financial burden on young people while they wait for that vital first pay packet to arrive.

“It removes the initial cost of transport to a new job and we hope it encourages bus usage among this group of young people at the same time.”

“Improving access to that first job and widening opportunities for employment among young people can support the County Council’s goal of boosting the local economy.”