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Sustrans back-to-work scheme 

Location: UK » South West » SN

An initiative from national charity Sustrans to help local unemployed people get back to work has been axed after its first run due to government cutbacks.

Nine long-term jobless men from Swindon were recruited to work on Wiltshire’s cycle paths. Five have found work following the scheme, which taught them machinery skills and landscaping.

The scheme put young men to work on a six-month contract improving cycle and walking paths from Chisledon to Marlborough.

Team supervisor Melvin Godwin told the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: “They worked all through the summer in the heat, they just put their heads down and got on with it.

“They’re all keeping an eye out for each other and trying to find work together. The whole system really worked. It’s a shame for everyone.”

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