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Bus ticket discount for apprentices to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

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Metrobus apprenticeship week discount ticket
Apprentices Tom Bald, Mary Kuchina and Luke Sullivan.

Apprentices can now get at least 25% student discount on many of their bus tickets across the entire Metrobus and Brighton & Hove network, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Tom Bald is doing a two-year Business Administration Apprenticeship at a local 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 a local council 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 and experience and earning money 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 and catches the bus multiple times a day for work, as well as making regular visits to the gym.

“Sometimes I take four or five buses a day so the discount will help a lot,” Mary said.

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 as they learn on the job and study. 

“Apprentices are a key part of our own business – we have four engineering apprentices in our depots – and they deserve the same discount we give to students.”

To get the discount, apprentices should take their enrolment or confirmation letter, or student ID card into one of our travel shops at Crawley, Gatwick and Redhill and Brighton & Hove, where they’ll be issued with a student key card. 

More information here.  

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Poppy Appeal 2020

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In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith looks to raise awareness of the importance of continuing support for the Royal British Legion:

Throughout the course of this year we have seen so many aspects of day-to-day life affected by COVID-19, with few being more poignant than the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

With the pandemic impacting some of the more traditional and familiar ways we remember, I am keen to raise awareness of how we can continue to support the Royal British Legion in a safe and socially distant manner.

  • Poppies in the Post: The Royal British Legion’s website allows you to request 20 poppies free of charge, which can be distributed to friends and neighbours. Many of the volunteers who usually distribute more than 40 million poppies annually are unable to do so this year, so we are being asked to step in to support the Armed Forces community and ensure their contribution to our country is not forgotten. Please remember to make a donation to the Royal British Legion after requesting your poppies.
  • Printable Poppy: Unfortunately, large scale gatherings at the Cenotaph in London, at memorials across Crawley and around the country to pay our respects will be restricted to a smaller number of representatives. The Royal British Legion have therefore launched the Printable Poppy – an A4 poster which can be displayed at home, perhaps in the front window – for us to show our support.
  • My Poppy Run: A further consequence of COVID-19 are the changes to the My Poppy Run events which are usually held in October and November. Due to social distancing, these are taking place virtually, with participants being able to run, jog or walk while raising money.
  • Visit the local supermarket: The Royal British Legion have confirmed that supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon and eBay, as well as Lloyds Bank and Santander are supporting the 2020 Poppy Appeal. Each location has a number of cashless donation options, and Morrisons and Sainsbury’s offer customers an option to add a donation to their shopping bill.
  • Poppy Shop: With products ranging from poppy pins and jewellery, to clothing, stationery and homeware, 100 per cent of profits from the Poppy Shop go towards the Royal British Legion’s work to support the Armed Forces community.
  • Donate online or by text: The Legion’s website allows supporters to make a donation online, or by sending a text message to donate £2, £5 or £10.

While the ways our country reflects and remembers will undoubtedly feel different, the message remains the same. The sense of duty of all in the Armed Forces community will never be forgotten.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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