Although the TEC does not pay travel assistance directly to learners, Youth Guarantee learners may be eligible to be reimbursed for their travel expenses associated with travelling to and from their Youth Guarantee programme.
Travel assistance is not intended to cover the whole cost of a learner's travel, so should be used as a subsidy to ensure learners are able to access their programmes.
What is it for?
Providers can make payments to learners to reimburse them for their actual travel costs. The TEC expects providers to take an ‘actual and reasonable’ approach when making reimbursements.
Travel assistance funding must be used to pay for the actual cost of the travel. This means that if a Youth Guarantee learner uses:
- public transport, the reimbursement will be based on the appropriate concession rate
- private transport, it is recommended the reimbursement rate be worked out between the TEO and the AA on a case-by-case basis.
Where learners share a vehicle, the reimbursement will be made to the learner responsible for that vehicle.
It is likely learners who wish to be reimbursed for travel costs will need to discuss this with their programme provider to ensure they are aware of any eligibility requirements and what information they might need to present to claim a reimbursement.
Learners who think they might be eligible for a travel reimbursement should contact their programme provider.
9 June 2015
9 June 2015