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London offers its apprentices discounted travel

Around 40,000 apprentices are expected to benefit from discounted London travel under plans announced today by the capital’s mayor.

Boris Johnson said those on their first year of an Apprenticeship who live and work in the city will receive a 30% discount on Transport for London travel cards from May.

The discount could save an apprentice up to £660 a year on the cost of an annual travel card.

London’s apprentices are now providing a fantastic contribution to our economy and it’s only right that they are recognised for their hard work and commitment,” said Johnson.

“It’s a two way street for all involved – with employers benefiting from fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit, while apprentices gain confidence and a competitive understanding of the workplace. This travel concession will help put money back in their pockets and will encourage more young Londoners to sign up for Apprenticeship schemes.”

The mayor is also expected to have smashed a target to create 100,000 Apprenticeships in the capital by 2012 when official figures are released later this month.

Natalie Thornhill

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