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FREE travel to a new workplace or apprenticeship by bus

FREE travel to a new workplace or apprenticeship by bus

We have teamed up with Transport for West Midlands to offer innovative support for newly employed people and apprentices through the NEW Workwise scheme.

Workwise gives FREE travel to work* when starting a new job after being unemployed or made redundant.

Survey results show over 46% of people wouldn’t have been able to accept a job due to travel costs**.

How does it work?

The new Workwise offer gives eligible newly employed people, including apprentices discounted travel to work for up to 3 months. The discount depends on how you travel.

To be eligible for the scheme, you need to: 

  • be aged 16 or over 
  • be paying adult fare on public transport
  • live in or have a new job in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton
  • be starting a new job or apprenticeship or increasing your working hours to a total of 16 hours or more per week
  • not be supported with travel costs through another programme or travel scheme
  • answer the questions in this application to the best of your knowledge

You must either:

  • be earning £30,000 a year or less
  • have been getting unemployment benefit

What ‘free travel’ do I get?

If you qualify for the Workwise scheme and choose to travel by bus, you will receive the following offer:

Up to 12 weeks worth of discounted bus travel, which includes:

  • X2 FREE 4 week bus tickets, for use on National Express Coventry buses in our unlimited zone area.
  • 50% OFF your 3rd 4 week bus ticket (normally £55) 

Looking for other travel options? For combined bus, train and tram tickets or other methods of travel visit the Workwise webpage.

How do I apply?

Apply online for the Workwise travel support scheme through Transport for West Midlands website.


For further information on terms and conditions and eligibility visit the Transport for West Midlands Workwise webpage.

*Available on selected tickets.

**Workwise survey results from applicants 6 months after they joined the Workwise scheme.

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