Wheels to Work scheme gives young worker’s career a ‘pizza’ help

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019

A young worker’s career has lift-off thanks to the loan of a moped to help him get to work.

Headley Down resident Jack Davis had been struggling to get to work but has now risen through the ranks thanks to the vehicle loaned from the Wheels to Work scheme.

The 25-year-old started with Dominos Pizza as a general assistant but was cycling more than five miles early in the morning and late at night to get to and from work.

Jack was then alerted to the Wheels to Work scheme which helps people with limited access to public or private transport by loaning them a moped at a nominal weekly charge.

He is now using one of 10 mopeds available to hire in the East Hampshire area which has helped him progress through the company and he went on to join its ‘Rising Star’ management programme, which now sees him run three pizza outlets.

He uses the moped to commute to the three shops and the scheme has given him an opportunity to save money and take driving lessons so that he can buy himself a car once his contract with Wheels to Work ends in April.

Jack said: “The Wheels to Work scheme has really changed my life and has helped me progress my career to a managerial position and work across three stores.

“It’s been a great help and I’m really grateful for the scheme. Without it, I might not be in the position I’m in now.”

The Wheels to Work scheme, operated by Community First New Forest and funded by East Hampshire District Council, Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and New Forest District Council, has been available across East Hampshire since 2009 and enables people to get to work, vocational training or attend job interviews.

For £17 to £20 a week, depending on the age and type of moped, users of the scheme can hire a moped which is fully taxed and insured, with full breakdown and service cover. Hirers will also be provided with safety equipment such as a helmet, gloves and a protective ‘armour’ jacket. Compulsory basic training is also covered in the cost.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Communities and Welfare, said: “Jack’s story shows the value of the Wheels to Work scheme, it really can make a huge difference to people finding a job or apprenticeship, especially in rural areas like East Hampshire.

“The scheme offers a lifeline to people like Jack who don’t have easy access to public transport and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to offer it in East Hampshire.”

If you are interested in hiring a moped, or would like more information about the scheme, visit:www.hants.gov.uk/wheels-to-work