New travel scheme to support access to employment
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has received £770,000 of funding from the Department for Transport as part of a new pilot Cycling and Walking to Work Fund to support projects that connect jobseekers with employment and apprenticeships, through cycling and walking.
The pilot fund will operate in three regions across the country and will build on existing schemes that promote local economic growth and improve employment opportunities.
The project has a range of objectives including providing nationally recognised training which could lead to employment in areas such as cycle instructor, delivery agent and trainee mechanic positions. The project will also provide Vulnerable
Road User Awareness training to novice PCV/HGV drivers, making them aware of the dangers that cyclists and pedestrians face. It will also fund an online cycle journey planner and updated local authority cycle maps.
Encouraging walking and cycling as a mode of choice for jobseekers and employers will also be part of the project. Citybike membership will be offered to qualifying people living within Liverpool who have recently gained employment, and Walrus travel cards will be available for some newly employed people to help them to travel to work, bridging the gap between leaving benefits and receiving their first wage.
Two business support officers will be working with businesses to promote walking and cycling for jobseekers and newly employed people, working alongside Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce and other business organisations across the region to promote sustainable travel choices and to encourage employers to promote walking and cycling as a viable alternative for new and existing employees.
The funding will enable the city region and its partners to run the projects for 12 months, after which it is hoped that, if successful, the Government will make this ‘pilot’ project more permanent.
For more information on the support available for employers please contact the Business Support Officers on