Getting to work just got easier for Luke Baxter, who works with contractor NKS through a Curo work placement. Luke now has use of an electric bike to get to and from his new job, thanks to a partnership between Curo, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Take Charge Bikes.
Curo Employment, Training & Engagement Coordinator, Lisa Wroe, explains: "Bath and the surrounding areas where we have properties can be difficult to get around and that can limit the work opportunities people can access if they don't have their own wheels.
"With the scheme, people on Curo work placements can now access electric bikes, fold-up bikes and standard bikes to help them commute to their work placement without having to rely on others or look for opportunities only within walking distance. They'll get all the necessary accessories and equipment too.
"This will also enable people to have the independence they want to access their training opportunities which will help them to secure employment.
"The terms of the loan are designed to meet individuals' needs and a monthly maintenance check is provided by the scheme operators Take Charge Bikes."
The bikes are funded under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, a DfT programme for increasing levels of sustainable transport.
Curo's accredited work placements enable people to get practical skills in an industry they are interested in. The placements aim to support people looking to improve their confidence and skills in a working environment and give them up-to-date experience that will benefit them in job searching. The placements are run with City of Bath College who provide NVQ units for the placements.