JOB SEEKERS and young people are being given a welcome boost from a council to help them get into work and training.
Winchester City Council is giving grants under its Access to Work scheme to remove some of the most common barriers which might prevent people from taking on a role.
The one-off grants can be used for the costs of transport as well as essential equipment such as tools or work clothes.
The council is also offer grants under its apprentice scheme to cover basic costs which might otherwise be difficult to finance, such as a set of work clothes, or the cost of travel.
Applicants for both schemes must live within the Winchester district, which covers Denmead, Whiteley and Bishop’s Waltham, and the grant can potentially be used for any cost to the employee or apprentice they cannot fund elsewhere.
The council is also offering moped loans under its Wheels to Work scheme.
Mopeds can be hired from three to 12 months.
Cllr James Byrnes, portfolio holder for the local economy, said: ‘These grants, combined with our employment mentoring service which uses mentors to help unemployed people into work, is part of a whole package of support that Winchester City Council is offering job-seekers and young people.
‘We know public transport, especially in the rural parts of the district, does not cater for every need, so the Wheels to Work scheme is another way of helping people to access jobs and training.’
To find out more about grants go online at winchester.gov.uk/business/business-grants or visitcfnf.org.uk/wheels-to-work/