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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.  

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Crawley’s Community Wardens successfully retain police accreditation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have successfully retained their Sussex Police accreditation.

The Community Warden Team was granted accreditation status again in December 2019 by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York. This lasts for three years. Crawley Borough Council’s wardens have been accredited since 2008.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Additional powers the Community Wardens have under CSAS are:

  • Power to require the name and address of a person whom they have reasons to believe has committed a relevant offence (such as causing injury, alarm or distress to any other person or the loss or damage to any person’s property, or a relevant Fixed Penalty Offence)
  • Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
  • Power to require persons drinking in a designated place to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it
  • Power to stop cycles when they have reasons to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is great to see the Community Wardens retain their Sussex Police accreditation. They play such an important role within Crawley; it’s vital that they have this accreditation so they can use the additional powers to help Sussex Police keep Crawley safe.”

You can report anti-social behaviour by filling in our form at www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens or calling 01293 438000 during normal office hours. For an urgent response between 8am and 9.30pm, seven days a week, call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324.

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