SYPTE Press Release Article

Travel support’s the business for Doncaster

08 November 2011

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A free travel support project is helping young people in Doncaster to access education, employment and training opportunities after a new national report has labelled the town a ‘youth drop-out blackspot’.

The report, published on 4 November, revealed that nearly a quarter of 16 to 24-year-olds in Doncaster are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and blames a ‘tough jobs market and cuts to youth services and education’ for the town’s NEET levels, which are the second highest in the UK.

The Access to Opportunities project delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is working with young people in Doncaster to reduce barriers to education, employment and training by providing expert travel knowledge and advice about how to get to these opportunities on public transport and sustainable travel.

The project’s dedicated team of Travel Advisors help young people save time and money by reviewing their travel options and producing a travel profile that includes tailored services, such as:

• personalised journey plans,
• web-based public transport information, and
• specific ticketing advice.

Clare Pearson from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park worked with the Access to Opportunities team to help staff get to work at the Park.

She said: “It’s really important for Yorkshire Wildlife Park as a business to make our employees aware of the sustainable travel options that are out there with the help of the Travel Advisors.”

“Because of the nature of the business of the Wildlife Park we employ a number of seasonal staff, which can make the turnover quite high. It’s been really handy for the Travel Advisors to help us year-on-year to give assistance to each of these seasonal staff and help them to get into work.”

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) Director General David Brown, said: “The services offered by the Access to Opportunities project are essential for so many people who would struggle without them. This is particularly important during the current economic climate, as it is more vital than ever to look at sustainable transport and employment options.”

Access to Opportunities is supported by the European Union and has attracted a £2.38million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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