Published On: Thu, Aug 21st, 2014 on 1:13 pm

Over 800 young jobseekers in Leeds offered free weekly bus passes

Leeds Jobseeker Bus Passes

Hundreds of jobseekers are on the road to a fresh start with the help of a scheme aimed at getting them back into work.

Over 800 young people aged 18-24 have been offered free weekly bus travel cards to help them travel to college and work experience placements as part of the £1.2m Head Start scheme.

The scheme, run by Leeds City Council, gives young people searching for jobs the chance to take up training and work experience placements with local employers.

21-year-old Calvin Rollins recently completed a placement through the scheme and was able to travel from his home in Horsforth for free.

Working as an admin assistant, Calvin, who had been out of work for more than six months, was able to gain experience using different software packages and learn about working in an office environment.

He recounted: “I got so much out of it and learned some great, practical skills that I think will stand me in really good stead when I go for interviews and jobs in the future. I also met some really great people who helped me a lot.

“But it was a long way to go and if it hadn’t been for the free travel, I don’t think it would have happened and I wouldn’t have been able to get to the placement.”

Since completing his placement, Calvin has been supported to apply for a number of jobs and has been put forward as a Head Start champion because of his excellent standard of work.

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