Employers that focus on how their staff get around, and take steps to make those choices more sustainable, are likely to see a number of benefits including reduced emissions, lower costs and increases in wellbeing of staff. These organisations will also make be making positive contributions to their local community and making themselves more attractive places to work.
For advice on workplace travel planning and promotion of sustainable travel we recommend TravelKnowHow and Way to Work. Bespoke advice, support and funding for low carbon business travel is available from Energy Saving Trust, while Cycling Scotland, Living Streets and Sustrans offer a range of workplace programmes to encourage walking and cycling.
Workforce Mobility Project
We are supporting the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal to deliver the Workforce Mobility Project, which has the following objectives:
- extend labour market opportunities for young people
- improve workforce mobility for businesses, social enterprises, third sector organisations and public sector partners
- provide sustainable ways to reduce the cost of travel, which can be a key constraint in accessing training or employment
- make it easier for young people to connect to different types of transport, improving access to training and employment
- build up the resilience of young people in accessing transport for training and employment
- enable young people to stay in rural communities while accessing training or employment
The first stage of this project began in 2022 involving the collection of student or employee home postcode and shift pattern data. This will be analysed alongside data on places of study or employment to help the project team understand how bus services or active travel networks can be optimised to meet demand.
If you are an employer or training provider in East Lothian and would like to contribute to this work, or would like to ask a question, you can do so by emailing the project team.
A note of the most frequently asked questions about this project, and our responses to those, is available here.
A copy of the Data Protocol and Data Protection Impact Assessment governing this project are available on request from the project team.