Free bus travel on offer to Gloucestershire College apprentices

30 September 2014

A new Thinksmart apprentice travel scheme, which offers a free bus pass to apprentices in Gloucestershire, launches this week. The scheme has been set up by Gloucestershire County Council to help young people into employment and support economic growth in Gloucestershire. 

With a Thinksmart travel card apprentices can apply to get 100 free bus journeys which can be taken in the county and to neighbouring towns served by direct bus services from Gloucestershire, such as Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye, Chepstow and Bristol.

Application forms are available online, and must be signed by both the apprentice and their employer. www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/thinksmartapprentice 

Successful applicants will be sent a plastic card loaded with 50 journeys, which can then be swiped when getting on the buses with Thinksmart technology, similar to London’s Oyster card system. Once used, each apprentice can have the card topped up with an additional 50 journeys free of charge, giving a total of 100 free bus journeys.

Michelle Cant from Gloucestershire College said, “Being an apprentice gives young people the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a starting salary, inside some of Gloucestershire’s best companies; but travel costs can mount up. Free travel to support our apprentices in getting to college and into work is great news.”

Cllr Will Windsor Clive, Cabinet member with responsibility for transport said, “Skilled and well trained young people are vital to grow Gloucestershire’s economy and help it to flourish. I encourage local apprentices to take advantage of this new free travel offer.”

Lorna Fizor, apprentice at the county council said, “This bus pass will be great for me; it makes an already incredible opportunity even more amazing.  I can’t drive and I live in Cheltenham, so travelling to work in Gloucester by bus is essential for me. I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship so far, there’s a lot to learn but I’m getting the hang of it.”

Apprentices can find out more and apply online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/thinksmartapprentice 

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