Norfolk Community Transport Association

Teenage apprentice praises charity for support

3rd March 2016

A Norfolk teenager has praised a newly launched scheme aimed at providing apprentices with an affordable way to travel to and from work.
Chris French, 16, of Litcham is one for the first to benefit from the scheme launched by Kickstart - a Dereham based charity which hires out mopeds to help people attend work, education or training.
Chris French
The teenager is currently on an apprenticeship at Kings and Barnham Fakenham, said “The scheme has really helped me, enabling me to travel to and from my apprenticeship. Transport in my area is very poor. There are no buses that allow me to get into Fakenham when I need to be there. However, a Kickstart moped has given me the ability to travel when I need to and given me the freedom of being on the road. The scheme is a really good idea which I would definitely recommend to anyone struggling for transport.”
The new project officially launched this month, specifically tackles the problem many young apprentices face trying to afford travel expenses to get to and from work.
Kickstart is offering young apprentices free motorcycle clothing and a one day compulsory basic training (CBT) course to enable them to legally ride a moped or scooter. The charity will then offer the apprentices’ subsidised hire of a 50cc moped for only £2.86 per day.

Barry Lynes, rider coordinator for Kickstart, said “We are delighted to see young people like Chris who are benefitting a great deal from the scheme. We hope to soon be helping many more young apprentices across Norfolk. Many of these young people do struggle financially whilst learning their trades due to a combination of low wages and lack of available benefits.  We can provide them with a solution for under £3 per day.”
For more information about the new apprentice scheme please contact Kickstart on 01362 699923 or by email


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