School leavers across Lancashire are to get a helping hand with finding work.
Lancashire County Council has pledged to extend it’s free travel scheme for NEETS-young people not in employment, education or training until 2017.
The council set up a scheme last year to offer free bus travel within a specific travel area to all NEETs aged between 16 to 18. The scheme also included young parents and young carers in the same age bracket.
The county council then decided to extend the scheme until August 31.
Now councillors have decided to extend and expand the project until |March 2017.
Additions to the programme will mean that young parents and young carers classified as NEET who currently take part in the scheme will get an extra three month’s free travel on entering full time employment, training or education from this November until 31 March 2017.
The current scheme will also be extended to include of 16 to 18 year olds who are on an apprenticeship scheme organised by the county council.
The possibility of extending it people on other apprenticeships will also be explored. County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said:“The main idea behind the scheme is to support the many other county council initiatives to reduce the number of young people who aren’t in employment, education or training.
“Employment officers tell us that the cost of travelling on public transport can be a real problem when placing young people with a prospective employer.
“This scheme will provide significant financial help to young people and will also allow them greater flexibility in choosing the location of their placement.”
Latest figures show that there are currently around 2,177 NEETs in the county, around 5.5% of the age group.