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Introduce significantly discounted bus and train travel for apprentices

Last updated: 04:25pm 13 January 2019

We will introduce significantly discounted bus and train travel for apprentices to ensure that no young person is deterred from an apprenticeship due to travel costs.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.53

Our verdict

Reforming technical, skills-based education was one of the major policy strands in the Conservative Party’s 2017 manifesto, with a pledge to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 being one of the more eye-catching policies. Alongside that, this policy promises to provide discounted travel to help ensure apprenticeships are accessible to as many people as possible.

The government has not yet published any country-wide plans for implementing discounted travel for apprentices. Discounted travel remains varied across the country and has been so far introduced by local transport authorities, for example in London and Greater Manchester.

In November 2017, the Department for Transport would not “release any more details or give a timeline of when an actual policy might be introduced”.

In May 2018, the Education Secretary  failed to clearly answer a direct question about whether the government remains committed to discounted travel for apprentices and when it would happen, saying only that government continues to look at facilitating full inclusivity.  For now, we’re marking it down as ‘not started’, but follow this policy for updates.

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