Apprentices and jobseekers can benefit from a variety of benefits as part of the Connect2Work programme. 

These benefits aim to promote and faciliate the use of sustainable transport to get to and from work and to help jobseekers attend interviews.

To find out more please see below or contact your Active Travel Officer. 


'DR Bike' Cycle Maintenance Sessions

If your bike is looking a bit tired or you fancy getting back on your bike but you're not sure if it's up to scratch, a Dr Bike session may be for you!

As an apprentice or a jobseeker you're entitled to FREE cycle maintenance sessions to help you get your bicycle back in working order.

As a participant, we will work

with you to ensure

that we can get your bike up 

to scratch. Dr Bike can work

with you on a 1-1 basis

Islandwide. Wherever you may

be, whether that's at work or 

even at home, we can 

accomodate you. 

Bought to you by Nick Blake

from Island Bikeworks.


Talk to your Active Travel Officer, or fill in an application form to find out more. 

Application Forms: 



cycle discounts & Vouchers

Cycle discounts and vouchers can be obtained from your provider, trainer or assessor.

Cycle discounts are available for 10% off cycle gear and even repairs. This may be used once only. 

Cycle vouchers are available for up to £50 to spend on cycle accessories and repairs, and you don't have to spend it all in one go! 

In order to recieve a voucher or discount you must fill in a short survey so  that we can identify if you are an employee, jobseeker, or an apprentice. 

We will not take any personal information, such as your name or where you live. This is just for own data collection purposes. 


Alternatively, if you prefer to download your voucher or discount, please fill in an application form on our website. 

Click here to see where you can spend your voucher! 

Fancy setting up a cycling team? 

Why not try Pedal Aid?


PedalAid is an app that allows you to raise money for local island charities as you ride. 

Why not make a cycling team at work or see how many kilometers you can rack up on your own?

Not only does your pedalling raise money for charity, it also gives you the chance to win a variety of prizes every month such as a FREE Rapanui tshirt, and a variety of discounts at local retailers such as Waterstones. 

If you're new to cycling or it's been a while, getting a team together is a great way to build your confidence back up, or if you need a bit more of an incentive to ride, why not check out the app for yourself?

Why not link up with other teams and have a team ride? 


Work in Newport or Cowes, commute across the water, or have an interview?

Nowhere to store your bike?

Try the cyclehub!

The Cycle Hub provides secure storage facilities for FREE.

If you cycle to the Red Jet to commute across the water, why not store your bike in Cowes Terminal? If you want to cycle to Newport and you work in the local town centre or you've got an upcoming interview, why not try the Cycle Hub at the Riverside Centre?

The possibilities are endless! 

Cycle Loans

We work with a variety of cycle hire businesses on the island to provide a long term cycle loan to jobseekers and apprentices.

If you need a helmet, a lock or any other accessories to keep you moving, we can also provide those to you as part of the loan. 

There is no need for you to worry about the hassle of collecting the bike or returning it after you've finished with the bike, we'll deliver and collect island-wide!

You can choose from a variety of cycles such as hybrids or even e-bikes!

Talk to your Active Travel Officer, or fill in an application form to find out more. 

Application Forms: 




Jobseeker? Why not try the Re-Cycle scheme from Aspire Ryde and grab yourself a bike made from reused bike parts?! Talk to Aspire Ryde for more information.

Apprentice bus discount


We understand that as an apprentice getting to work can be difficult in the first couple of months of employment. If you travel by bus, these expenses can be particularly hefty when you're trying to juggle those other expenses.

To ease this financial burden, the Connect2Work Programme is currently offering an 80% discount on a multi-day 30-day ticket on a Key Card for the first month of employment.

The retail price of this product is £111 (adult) or £80 (17-18).

To find out more, please talk to your assessor, provider or trainer, or alternatively, fill in the application form on our website, or talk to your Active Travel Officer. 

Not a provider? Are you an apprentice that does your apprenticeship directly with your organisation, and not a college or training provider? Contact your Active Travel Officer to see how we can accommodate you. 


Talk to your Active Travel Officer, or fill in an application form.


Application Forms: 



cycling skills

If you're not as confident as you once were on your bike and you're thinking of giving it a go again, you might benefit from our cycle skills training.


We can do this in partnership with your college or provider as a group, or we can even facilitate a 1-1 session if you'd prefer to go it alone. 


You may bring your own bike or you are welcome to borrow one if needed.

The training will start off in a traffic free zone, and then eventually progress onto the roads. 


If you're put off cycling because of the roads, again this might be an option for you. 


Talk to your Active Travel Officer, or fill in an application form.

Application Forms: 



Go to work with people who drive alone? Why not try LIFTSHARE?

Why not combine liftsharing with our apprentice car club? save money and cut down on CO2E!

Find out more about Car Club here:

Liftshare is an online platform that allows you to find a ride to work theoretically anywhere on the island at a variety of different times available.

Imagine if everyone signed up to Liftshare!

We also provide liftsharing workshops or commuter breakfasts. Talk to your assessor, trainer, or provider to find out more or talk to your Active Travel Officer.

find out more Here: 



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