Stagecoach’s discounted bus travel scheme for jobseekers in Scotland has seen 80,000 journeys made since its introduction, with more than 15,000 journeys made in the past year. The scheme was launched in 2013.
Stagecoach is a supporter of the Scottish Government’s Developing Our Young Workforce initiative, which is designed to cut youth unemployment by 40% by 2021. The transport operator also takes part in several projects designed to help young people get ready for the world of work, through mentoring, work experience, paid internships, employability masterclasses and workplace visits, for example.
Stagecoach Scotland Managing Director, Robert Andrew, said: “We know buses are crucial in connecting people with employment and that is why we work hard to keep the cost of bus travel as low as possible.
“Our Back on Board scheme is part of our wider action at Stagecoach to help connect young people with jobs and build their skills to make them ready for the workplace. We’re delighted that so many people in Scotland have benefitted from the scheme and we hope it has helped many of our customers secure employment or training.
“Buses are essential to the Scottish economy, providing vital links for millions of people every week. We will continue to offer this benefit as well as focusing on delivering good value travel for all of our customers.”