Do you or your employees need help getting to work or training?
The Wheels to Work County Durham transport scheme has been running in parts of the County Durham area for just over a year.
The moped-loan scheme aims to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor public transport connections or out-of-hour work patterns.
The project has been funded by Chester-le-Street, Stanley and Mid Durham Area Action Partnerships (AAP’s) in partnership with Durham County Council, in response to a growing need to help local people get to work or college.
The idea behind the scheme is to provide a loan of a moped for six months to help people to establish themselves in work and/or training. Currently, anyone living in Chester-le-Street, Stanley or Mid Durham can apply to join the scheme.
Mopeds of either 50cc or 125cc are available to people aged 16 and over as long as they have a provisional or full driving licence.
The cost is £25 per week for a 50cc and £30 for a 125cc moped and, thanks to a grant from the County Durham Community Foundation, people on apprenticeships, working less than 18 hours each week or employed on zero hours contracts can benefit from a generous subsidy.
Ace Motorcycles in Durham provide the motorcycle training (all included as part of the scheme) and the loan also includes protective clothing and a heavy-duty lock, insurance, tax, breakdown cover, as well as servicing and maintenance of the moped. There may be a chance to buy the moped from the scheme, in partnership with a local Credit Union, at the end of the loan period.
So far, the Wheels to Work County Durham project has enabled 47 people to apply for and/or stay in work.
Please get in touch to find out more or pass on our details to any staff or potential staff who may experience difficulties getting to work – this scheme aims to make people more employable by helping them to be mobile and independent.