A DfT grant will enable the ‘Wheels 2 Work’ programme to be rolled out nationally in a concerted effort to provide young people with better access to employment and training opportunities.
Wheels 2 Work (W2W) schemes, which have been running for some while in different areas of the country, provide mopeds and scooters to mostly young people to allow them to access jobs or training where public transport is not available.
The grant, made to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) will secure the post of a national coordinator to help spread ‘best practice’ among current and future W2W programmes. A Wheels to Work Association (W2WA) has also been formed.
According to the MCIA, Government backing for W2W sends out a powerful message and endorses motorcycling as an economical and viable personal transport solution.
Steve Kenward, W2WA chairman, said: “The Wheels to Work Association is proud to have this facilitating role, as these schemes are proven to work where access to transport is the barrier to taking up opportunities.”
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