Stagecoach is backing a new ‘Bus for Jobs’ initiative to help hundreds of thousands of jobseekers across the UK find employment by giving them free bus travel in the New Year.
The scheme - organised by the Greener Journeys sustainable travel campaign and also supported by other major bus operators - will enable jobseekers, especially the young, to use their routes free of charge for a month in January 2013.
The ‘Bus for Jobs’ deal will cover over 70 per cent of the nation’s bus routes, providing practical help for people who are actively seeking work or taking part in training.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of Stagecoach Bluebird, said: “The bus is Britain’s most important mode of public transport. It is how millions of people across the UK access employment, education and training every day.
“Bus for Jobs could make the vital difference for those who are struggling to get that first job or training place. In particular, I hope we can help more of our young people make a better start in life.”
Latest government figures show the free bus travel offer will be available to as many as 817,000 people who are currently out of work and claiming benefits.
The ‘Bus for Jobs’ scheme will be available to jobseekers who have been unemployed for between three months and one year. It is particularly targeted at young people for whom unemployment rates remain high.
The scheme will cover holders of a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card. Those who are eligible for the card, which is available through JobCentre Plus, include people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser in returning to employment.
At present, the travel discount card allows users to save up to 50 per cent on train journeys, and on public transport in London.
Further details about the scheme can be found at: www.busforus.co.uk. Information about Stagecoach routes covered is available at: www.stagecoachbus.com/busforjobs.aspx