Attendance cash for college pupils

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PUPILS at Dearne Valley College are offering students a £10 a week ‘training allowance’ to encourage them to attend and to help with their costs.

It is available for all exisiting and new 16-18-year-old students and apprentices and an annual achievement bonus of £100 will also be awarded to students with 100 per cent attendance.

It has been introduced after the Government scrapped its education maintenance allowance.

The college’s Interim Principal Ioan Morgan said: “It is the college’s responsibility to make learning as accessible as possible and the new training allowance will have a significant impact for our 16 to 18 year old learners.

“Not only will it support them financially, but it will also help to instil the importance of good attendance – a life skill that will support them in their future careers.

“The training allowance is exclusive to our students.”

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said: “Scrapping the EMA was just one example of the way the Government are stacking the odds against young people, making them bear the heaviest burden of their cuts.

“The EMA has been a lifeline for young people, helping them to stay on and succeed in education.”