ScotRail partnership to help jobseekers get on track

Thanks to a new partnership between the Wise Group and ScotRail, our customers across the West of Scotland can now benefit from free travel in their first month of employment.

The train operator is offering The Wise Group’s clients free travel for the first month of paid employment, as part of their participation in our Fair Start Scotland service.

The Fair Start Scotland, the Scottish Government’s flagship employability programme is run by the Wise Group and our partners across East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde – offering flexible employment support to help jobseekers get ready for work and achieve their potential.

Ros Houldsworth, ScotRail Community Liaison Executive, said:

“For people new in employment, the cost of travelling to and from work can be a real financial challenge at the start.

“By providing The Wise Group’s clients with ScotRail Smartcards and one-month free travel to help with the cost, we hope to be able to support more people into work and grow Scotland’s economy.”

Victoria Carson, The Wise Group Engagement and Policy Director, said:

“Often the excitement of being offered a job you have worked hard for can quickly subside when you realise how much it will cost to get you there – all before the vital first wage comes in.

“That’s why we are absolutely delighted to partner with ScotRail and offer our customers this additional financial safety, and open doors to jobs in towns and cities they thought they couldn’t afford to travel to initially.”

To find out more about the Wise Group’s Fair Start Scotland programme, click here, or contact our team on 0300 303 3381.  If you are from an area not listed above, you can visit the Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland website to find the local provider.