Help for Isle of Wight Job Seekers

11-03-2014 Red Funnel Ferries has announced reduced cross-Solent passenger rates to help job seekers attend interviews and help for those who find work on the mainland.

In a partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Red Funnel is offering reduced rates for the registered unemployed who attend interviews on the mainland and for those that find work, reduced travel costs for the first 6-18 months of their employment on the mainland.

Under the new initiative, registered unemployed job seekers who attend interviews on the mainland will be able to travel on any sailing as a foot passenger for just £8.90 for a day return. The offer is valid on Red Funnel’s East or West Cowes routes to Southampton.

Claimants who are successful in finding employment on the mainland will receive additional help from Red Funnel for the first 6-18 months of their employment. They will be eligible for discounts equivalent to the student fares for Red Jet 7 day, 30 day, 6 month and 12 month Season Tickets. Over an 18 month period the scheme will give individual travel cost savings of £1,072.

Both initiatives will be administered by Jobcentre Plus in Newport or Ryde. Applicants must contact Jobcentre Plus in the first instance. 

Jonathan Green, Sales & Marketing Director for Red Funnel commented “We are pleased to not only offer discounted travel to the registered unemployed who are attending interviews on the mainland but also reduced Red Jet Season Ticket fares for up to 18 months. This should ensure that Islanders who find work on the mainland won’t have to relocate”.

A spokesperson for the Department of Work & pensions commented “We very much welcome this initiative from Red Funnel which will widen the search area for jobs and help claimants find suitable and fulfilling employment”.

Southampton Jobs Fair - 27th March 2014
In addition to the new scheme, Red Funnel and Jobcentre Plus are offering Island job seekers a special £5.00 Day Return fare to attend the bi-annual Southampton Jobs Fair at the Novotel Hotel on Thursday 27th March. Red Funnel will have a stand at the Jobs Fair for anyone interested in seasonal work.

To obtain the offer, job seekers should contact either their local Job Centre Plus or cut out the voucher in the County Press and hand it in at Red Funnel’s East or West Cowes Ticket Offices. Outward travel is valid on sailings from 0900 hrs and return travel must be on sailings departing from Southampton before 1635 hrs.