New bus ticket discount for apprentices launched for National Apprenticeship Week
3 weeks ago
Apprentices can now get at least 25% student discount off many bus tickets across the entire Brighton & Hove and Metrobus network, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
Tom Bald is doing a two-year Business Administration Apprenticeship at Brighton & Hove City Council.
Tom has a degree but felt he needed practical office experience to back him up in his search for work. Since starting his apprenticeship, he has gained valuable skills in customer service, IT systems, data protection and administration.
“It’s really good to get a foundation for employment,” said Tom. “It’s a safe environment to learn with someone next to you. Being able to learn how to do a role just gives you confidence to carry out what you need to do and to make mistakes.
“It really helps when there’s some sort of discount so that when you’re learning to become a full-time employee and being paid less it's reflected in transport.”
Luke Sullivan is an apprentice at the Council’s Hollingdean Depot, dealing with environmental issues like flytipping, commercial waste and litter fines.
“Employers are looking for experience more and more these days, rather than qualifications. With this, I’m getting qualifications, earning money and getting experience without having to pay off a student loan,” Luke said.
“You get an idea of what it’s like to work in an office job day to day and people are really understanding if you make mistakes.”
He said discounted travel was particularly good for young people, whose budgets were already stretched.
Mary Kuchina is an apprentice with Lextons estate agents in Hove and catches the bus multiple times a day for work, as well as for making regular visits to the gym at the Marina.
“Sometimes I take four or five buses a day so the discount will help a lot,” Mary said.
Brighton & Hove and Metrobus’ Commercial Director Nick Hill said: “We’ve listened to our customers and we’ve introduced a new discount for apprentices. We’re pleased we can support apprentices while they're learning on the job and studying; we have four engineering apprentices in our depots.
“Apprentices are a key part of the country's workforce and they deserve the same discount we give to students.”
To get the discount, apprentices should take their enrolment or conformation letter, or student ID card into one of our travel shops at Conway Street, Hove; 1 Stop Travel in North Street; Crawley; Gatwick or Redhill, where they'll be issued with a student key card.
Go-Ahead and National Apprenticeship Week
- Go-Ahead Group has set a record goal to hire 1,200 apprentices in 2020
- We met our 2019 target of 1,000 apprentices with eight weeks to spare
- We're bucking a nationwide trend - overall, apprentice starts are falling
- Statistics from the House of Commons library showed that 72,400 fewer people were participating in an apprenticeship in 2018/19 than in 2017/18
- Go-Ahead is the only employer provider of apprenticeships for bus driver roles in the UK transport sector
- Trainees are offered numeracy and literacy training, equivalent to Maths and English GCSEs
- Apprentices across Go-Ahead range between 16 and 75 years old
- Apprenticeships are vital for economic success, helping us to up-skill and re-skill our existing workforce