MCI was delighted with the award of government funding to help build a national network for Wheels to Work (W2W). The award follows efforts by MCI and Rowan Public Affairs, who have rallied support for the Scheme for some considerable time.
Wheels 2 Work schemes provide transport in the form of mopeds and scooters to mostly young people, allowing them to access jobs or training, where public transport is not available. A lack of public or personal transport is often cited by young people as a reason why they can’t take jobs or attend college.
The grant, from the Department for Transport (DfT), will secure the post of a national coordinator to help spread ‘best practice’ among current and future W2W programmes in order for them to become self-sustaining. A Wheels to Work Association (W2WA) has also been formed to which all existing W2W programmes are invited to join. Following the convening of National Scheme Coordinators on 26th September, a W2WA Board was formed and met for the first time on 10th October.
Working with the private and public sector, it is hoped that the network with be expanded by offering advice and help to local authorities and other interested organisations on how establishing a W2W programme can help achieve local social and employment objectives. It is key for ‘best practice’ to be shared among existing schemes in order for them to develop under current and future economic constraints. This includes areas such as business planning, equipment and services procurement.
Government backing for Wheels 2 Work sends out a powerful message endorsing motorcycling as an economical and viable personal transport solution. The schemes allow young people to take up motorcycling in a safe and structured way and highlight the benefits in terms of social inclusion that acquiring affordable personal transport allows. Participants are encouraged to make long term plans for future transport during the loan period, which many manage.
For more information contact Nicky Basset Powell, W2W Coordinator.