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North East job seekers benefit from discounted bus travel initiative

Thousands of people across the north east have benefited from a pioneering national Stagecoach scheme which provides jobseekers with discounted bus travel.
The Back on Board scheme offers holders of a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card half-price single and return ticket on Stagecoach North East’s 485 regional buses to help them find employment.
The Stagecoach scheme was the first of its kind in the country when it was launched in 2013 and over 13,600 passenger journeys across South Shields, Newcastle, Sunderland, Teesside and Hartlepool have been made via the initiative since its introduction.
The local bus operator also supports several projects designed to help young people get ready for the world of work, including mentoring, work experience, paid internships, employability masterclasses and workplace visits.
Buses are a major contributor to regional economies, helping connect people to jobs, leisure and the High Street as well as to education and training, as Steve Walker, Stagecoach North East Managing Director, explains: “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.


 

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