It’s a decade since the WorkWise scheme was introduced, which offers unemployed people free day tickets or free cycling support for attending interviews along with advice on planning their journey to job interviews
Research suggests that lack of transport is a barrier to work for two out of five jobseekers, and that the cost of transport is prohibitive for a quarter of them. WorkWise provides a real lifeline for people so they can concentrate on getting back into work without worrying about transport.
WorkWise is run by Centro, who is responsible for promoting and developing integrated public transport across the region – in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. Since 2003, it has operated in Sparkhill and Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, with impressive results.
This scheme has helped 14,000 West Midlands jobseekers back into work celebrated its tenth birthday today.
New plans revealed that jobseekers in certain wards/areas will be equipped with a range of tailored cycling support including free bikes, cycle training and route planning to get to new jobs.
Pathway divisions, such as Pathway2Work and Apprenticeship Recruitment, deal with the unemployed who are looking for work on a daily basis. The WorkWise scheme aids in helping our clients get to interviews, thereby removing potential barriers to finding suitable work.
For more information visit: www.networkwestmidlands.com/workwise.
If you are currently unemployed and need help finding work visit our website www.pathway2work.co.uk or contact Pathway2Work on:
Birmingham Office Tel: 0121 707 0550
Walsall Office Tel: 01922 897170
If you are 16-24 years of age, you may be eligible for an Apprenticeship programme visit our website www.apprenticeshiprecruitment.co.uk or call us on 0121 707 0550 or 0800 955 0870 FREE.