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Travel Choices: Free and discounted travel for jobseekers and apprentices

Are you currently looking for a job but finding travel costs hard to meet? Or are you thinking about doing an Apprenticeship? Travel Choices from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is here to help get you where you need to go by offering free and discounted travel to interviews, and to your new workplace when you get a job.

We have two ticketing offers available:

  • FREE one day travel passes on bus to get you to interviews
  • FREE first four weeks of travel to a new job on bus or Metrolink, with discounted travel for 12 weeks afterwards

FREE one day travel ticket

Travel Choices is offering a free System One day ticket to jobseekers who are finding it difficult to get to interviews.

FREE 28 day travel pass PLUS 3 months discounted price pass

Travel Choices is offering free travel on buses and Metrolink trams for the first 28 days of a new job, and then reduced price travel tickets for buses and trams for three more 28-day periods.

For more information, please see our website pages on Bike back to Work and free and discounted travel for job seekers.

Cycling is a low cost and practical way of getting to work, especially where shifts or location rule public transport out. If you’re a jobseeker, we can help you Bike Back to Work by offering a range of support, including a free recycled bike, cycle training and bike maintenance courses.

So how do you get involved?
Talk to your Jobcentre Plus advisor. They have all the details of how to apply for a recycled bike, and can check if you eligible.

Then it’s simply the case of filling in an application form and returning it to TfGM. If you are successful, you’ll be matched with one of our recycling partners and your new bike. Even better, bikes will be supplied with accessories and safety equipment such as lights and helmets. In addition, you’ll also be offered free cycle and basic maintenance training.

How will I receive my recycled bike?
If your application is successful, the team at TfGM will give you contact details of one of the bike recycling companies we’re working with so you can organise collection of your bike.  As part of the scheme you will also receive a helmet, lock, pair of lights and high visibility jacket.

What happens after I receive my recycled bike and accessories?
The team at TfGM will contact you three months after you have received your recycled bike to complete an evaluation of the scheme and the usefulness of the bike in sustaining your new job.

What happens after I complete my three month evaluation?
Upon completion of the three month evaluation, the recycled bike will be yours to keep.

For more information, please see our website pages on Bike back to Work and free and discounted travel for job seekers

Who to contact

Travel Choices Website
Extra details

Our contact page lists the various ways to reach us.

Who is it for?

Eligibility Details

You will need to be a Jobcentre Plus client who has gained employment and will be signing off the out of work benefit you are currently receiving. Your Jobcentre Plus advisor will confirm if you are eligible.

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

You can apply for free and discounted travel through your Jobcentre Plus advisor. Simply ask your advisor about our offers and they’ll assess whether you’re eligible.


Bike scheme:

If you are eligible, your advisor will give you a validated application form. Once you have this, you must complete the rest of the application and post it in the pre-paid envelope as soon as possible. Please note that applications expire 7 days after the date signed off by your advisor.

You will be contacted by one of the team at TfGM to let you know if you are successful in your application.  When the team contacts you, they will also book you onto cycle training and bike maintenance courses at venues near where you live. 


Last updated date:
21 September 2020

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