NORTHERN is giving discounted fares to jobseekers to help get them back to work.

As part of a national scheme, the rail operator is offering jobseekers up to three months discounted rail travel to help them attend job interviews.

As the economy starts to re-build, companies are kick-starting their recruitment plans with a record number of vacancies according to the Office of National Statistics.

Those looking for new roles in the north can apply for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount card from their nearest Jobcentre Plus and receive 50% discount on anytime day tickets, off peak day tickets and season tickets for up to three months.

Mark Powles, Commercial and Customer Director at Northern, said: “This is a small but valuable way in which we can make a positive impact.

“We want to remove potential barriers for those wanting to get back into work. Helping our customers either get to and from a job interview or a place of work is a good way to achieve this.

“The past couple of years have been incredibly tough for many people and we want to play our part in helping them to get back on track and to give them the opportunity to go do their thing."

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