Could you benefit from Wheels to Work?

26 Oct 2017

People who are wanting to start a new job but don’t have the  transport to get there  could be on the road to a brighter future with the help of Northumberland County Council’s Wheels to Work scheme.

Wheels to Work, a scooter loan scheme, helps people who live or work in Northumberland to access employment when they have no other way of getting there.

The council funded hire scheme offers electric scooters for between £17-22 per week  to those aged 16 and over who have a confirmed placement in work or as an apprentice.

Training, safety equipment, insurance breakdown cover and the  taxing and servicing of the scooter are all provided.

Northumberland County Councillor ,  Glen Sanderson  cabinet member with responsibility for environment and local services said:

Wheels to Work is aimed at helping those who live in areas that have limited public transport options, cannot afford their own car and have no other transport options to turn to. The scheme particularly suits people who work irregular hours, people in rural locations with poor public transport connections, and those who need to make multiple journeys as part of their work.

 Wheels to Work aims to break the cycle and give people a step up on the ladder of independence by offering short-term, affordable and sustainable transport; If they can secure a job, they can earn a living which will allow them the means to organise their own transport in the future.”

Since the scheme started in 2013,  350 people have benefited from the hire of the scooters. One of those is 18 year old Liam Souter
Liam lives in Tarset in Northumberland and took part in the Wheels to Work scheme when he started his apprenticeship at Shieldhall Nr Wallington. He loaned a scooter from the W2W scheme as he travelled 40 miles each day to his employer’s address.  From Tarset to Shieldhall there is no public transport available and Liam’s mother was doing 80 miles each day to enable Liam to accept this Cabinetmakers apprenticeship.  
Jason Robinson-Gay Director and co-owner of Robinson Gay Traditional Handmade Furniture said “Without the Wheels to Work scheme; employers in remote locations would not be able to employ the best candidates, as they can only choose individuals with transport”

Liam said “I was really pleased to find I was eligible for the scheme after I responded to an advert about it and the process of receiving the scooter was quick and efficient. Through the scheme I have been able to take up the apprenticeship that was offered to me and has expanded my social life since I live in a remote location in Northumberland. It allows me to travel to work, earn money and support myself."
 
To find out more about Wheels To Work, email w2w@northumberland.gov.uk  call  01670 620136