RED Funnel Ferries is offering reduced passenger rates to help job hunters find work on the mainland.
In a partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Red Funnel is offering reduced rates for registered unemployed passengers attending interviews on the mainland.
Those who find work will have reduced travel costs for up to the first 18 months of their new job.
Under the new initiative, jobless people will be able to travel on any sailing as a foot passenger for £8.90 for a day return.
The offer is valid on Red Funnel’s East Cowes or Cowes routes to Southampton.
Discounts will be equivalent to the student fares for Red Jet seven day, 30-day, six-month and 12-month season tickets. Over 18 months the scheme will give savings of £1,072.
A Department of Work and Pensions spokesman said: "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."
There is also an offer to Island job hunters of a £5 day return to attend the Southampton Jobs Fair, at the Novotel Hotel, on Thursday, March 27.
Job seekers can cut out the voucher on page 63 and hand it in at Red Funnel’s East Cowes or Cowes ticket office.
For more details visit www. redfunnel.co. uk/jobseekers