The Government has launched a new smartcard for teenagers who stay on at school and has called on businesses to offer card-based discounts on travel, entertainment and leisure.
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"The Connexions Card will reward young people who continue learning by giving them something in return," said education minister Malcolm Wicks.
Eight pilot schemes are underway and a full national roll-out of the card to two million teenagers is planned for autumn 2001.
The Government said the card will act as an e-purse for the payment of education maintenance grants, hold CV information, speed student enrolment in learning institutions and monitor and track their attendance.