Date: 06/06/2012

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne has welcomed news of Dearne Valley College’s (DVC) Training Allowance that rewards students with £10.00 per week to help with costs and encourage a100% attendance.

Having recently announced the introduction of the new DVC Training Allowance,
DVC is the only college in South Yorkshire to offer all existing and new 16 to 18 year old full-time students and Apprentices a weekly payment to incentivise full college attendance.

An annual achievement bonus of £100.00 will also be awarded for those who complete their programme with 100% attendance in 2012/13.

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, commented:
“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. Since it was got rid of, in areas like ours fewer young people are going to college and attendance and completion rates have suffered, while youth unemployment has tripled. I am pleased that our local college is willing to step in and support students where the Government has refused to do so”.

The DVC Training Allowance is a flat-fee and is not means tested, it is hoped to ease any financial pressures of attending college and enable students to prosper in their studies and ultimately reach their career aspirations. 

Ioan Morgan, DVC Interim Principal, commented:
“It is the College’s responsibility to make learning as accessible as possible and the new DVC 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 DVC Training Allowance is exclusive to our students; I would encourage those who are looking at their options after school to make an application to one of our many full-time vocational programmes or Apprenticeships”.

The launch of the DVC Training Allowance is yet another milestone for the College, earlier this year the College launched a range of new courses for September 2012 including; Motorsport, Electrical Engineering and Graphic Design.

For further information about the many vocational courses available call the Enquiry Line on 01709 513355, email learn@dearne-coll.ac.uk or visit www.dearne-coll.ac.uk

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