A £1.2m free travel scheme is helping young jobseekers get on the road to success.
More than 800 young people are being offered free weekly bus travel cards to help them get to college and work experience placements as part of the Head Start programme.
The scheme, which is run by Leeds City Council, gives young people aged between 18 and 24 the chance to take up training and placements with local employers as they look for jobs.
Those claiming jobseekers allowance for six months are eligible to take part in the programme.
Calvin Rollins travelled from his home in Horsforth to a placement with Leeds City Council’s corporate and central services in Seacroft.
The 21-year-old, who worked as an admin assistant, said: “I got so much out of it and learned some great, practical skills that I think will stand me in really good stead when I go for interviews and jobs in the future. I also met some really great people who helped me a lot.
“But it was a long way to go and if it hadn’t been for the free travel, I don’t think it would have happened and I wouldn’t have been able to get to the placement. Being able to get there for free has really helped me make the most of the opportunity.”
Head Start has seen the council work with a number of Leeds employers and is proving successful at turning work placements into jobs.
Businesses interested in Head Start should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 3952905.