If you or someone you know is struggling to get access to training, employment or education simply because you’ve got no suitable transport, then the Wheels to Work scheme may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
In 2012, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) was awarded a grant from the Department for Transport to establish a national organisation to represent all Wheels to Work programmes throughout the country and to facilitate the building of a national network for Wheels to Work (W2W).
Particularly important to those living in rural areas with poor public transport links, the W2W scheme offers scooters, mopeds and, depending on area, bicycles and cheap rental rates (in most cases, around £20 per week but this can vary). The schemes are generally aimed at young unemployed people who have been offered work but cannot follow it up due to a lack of appropriate transport. Other schemes can help those already in work but need transport to retain their employment. Others have been extended to include those needing to travel to full time (post-16) education.
The majority of existing schemes specifically target young, unemployed people, with the age limit for eligibility typically between 16 and 25 years. A few schemes do, however, have no upper age limit or have specific categories of eligibility for the older age groups.
Check out the Wheels 2 Work website for more information and links to the local schemes.