Beryl, the British bike share operator, and Jobcentre Plus have announced a partnership to support young people on the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme with an affordable, sustainable and enjoyable transport option.
The new travel initiative will allow anyone on the Kickstart Scheme across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Isle of Wight to access discounted journey options – to and from work – through Beryl’s bike share and e-Scooter hire scheme.
Anyone on the Kickstart Scheme throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the Isle of Wight can talk to their Work Coach to find out about using Beryl bikes and e-Scooters potentially entirely free for the first month of their placement, and will be able to access discounted travel for the remainder of their placement.
Beryl CEO Philip Ellis said, “Inadequate transport is a barrier to employment opportunities for thousands of people across the UK, and we’re proud to partner with Jobcentre Plus to tackle this issue. Not only can commuting costs make up a large percentage of someone’s income but it can often be a very monotonous journey. Providing young people with free and discounted trips across our bike and e-Scooter schemes will allow them to travel in an enjoyable and convenient way which can make a huge difference to their mental, physical and financial wellbeing.”
To access the discounted travel, users need to download the Beryl App to their smartphone and complete the sign-up process. Then speak to their Work Coach who will provide a minute bundle that can be activated in the app and about financial support to pay for the £1.50 unlock fee. To ride a Beryl e-Scooter, users must have a valid UK driving licence. All rides must finish in a Beryl Bay to avoid being charged the an extra fee.
Marie Boyce, Employer & Partnership Manager said, ‘We are really excited about working with Beryl on this project. Helping to remove barriers, like the travel costs to a new job or providing an alternative to public transport, really helps our customers move in to work quickly. This is even more important for our younger customers on a Kickstart placement as this may be their first job.’