College’s travel plan to help get students learning for less

Principal of Wigan and Leigh College, Cath Hurst

Principal of Wigan and Leigh College, Cath Hurst

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THE borough’s students are stepping it up a gear when it comes to getting to and from tutorials.

Wigan and Leigh College has unveiled its heavily subsidised travel pass scheme, offering a discount of around £200 on travel passes to those aged 16 years old and who have recently left school.

Young people who will be attending Wigan and Leigh College in September are eligible to apply for the passes.

Cath Hurst OBE, principal at Wigan and Leigh College said: “We’ve taken steps to be able to provide our students with this subsidised travel as we appreciate that it will be a great help to many families in these tough economic times.

“We would urge any students who think they may qualify to apply as they are available on a first come, first served basis.”

Passes will be issued termly and can be used at evenings and weekends, and come at a heavily discounted price of £50.

The bus passes are subject to the condition of at least 90 per cent attendance at the College.

Students can find out more about the initiative and register their interest at, www.facebook.com/wiganleighcollege. Terms and conditions apply.

There are still places available on many full-time courses starting in September. Contact the College on 01942 761111 or visit www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk for details.

The move follows concerns across the education sector that the price of travel and other associated costs of further education are excluding students from poorer households.