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Travel to Interview Scheme

The Travel to Interview Scheme (TIS) is designed to help unemployed people or those under written notice of redundancy with the cost of travelling to job interviews.

How it works

The job you applied for must be 16 hours or more per week and expected to last for more than three months. The job must be located in Northern Ireland (NI) or elsewhere in the United Kingdom (UK) or Republic of Ireland (ROI).

The job must not be:

  • seasonal, temporary or a short-term fixed contract
  • a Department for Employment and Learning programme or scheme (with the exception of Bridge to Employment programme)
  • self-employment

Assistance can not be given towards the cost of travel to job fairs or open invitation recruitment events.

This is not a complete list of conditions and you should always contact the Employment Service Officer in the local Jobs and Benefits office / JobCentre to discuss your application before any journeys are undertaken.

What funding is available?

Help with the cost of a return journey to attend a pre-arranged interview away from home may be available from the Department for Employment and Learning. Assistance will be limited to the most economical method; either:

  • the actual cost of your journey by public transport
  • reimbursement of the cost of your travel by private transport by the most direct route which will be paid at the current mileage rate

Assistance will be reduced if any support in travelling to your interview is provided by the employer.

Who can apply

To get help under TIS you must be unemployed or under written notice of redundancy, be resident in Northern Ireland and have lived in your current locality for more than four weeks immediately before the offer of the interview.

The interview must be undertaken in NI or elsewhere in the UK or ROI with an employer who has confirmed that you have been called for interview.

How do I apply?

Application must be made in advance of your interview by completing a TIS 1 form, which is available from any Jobs and Benefits office or JobCentre.

Further information

Further information can be obtained by telephoning the freephone number:

  • freephone 0800 353530

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