The Connections Card was a smart card for 16-to-19-year-olds in England for rewarding students who turned up to work-based training and other activities. ,  dayneys bus  or suitable goods in local retailers. 
The seven-year contract to the Connections Card was won by Capita ,  signed in July 2001,  and operated as a Public-Private Partnership with a budget of £ 109million. 
The scheme flopped  and was terminated in the summer of 2006  with a saving of £ 23million.  But only 1 million cards had been issued  but only 145,947 had ever been used. (183 million  out of 1.6 billion points  had been redeemed.)
An official evaluation of the program completed in September 2004  concluded that the program had fallen into place (eg 1.7 million young people using the card in a steady state) and there was no clear evidence of a direct impact on attitudes. to attendance, learning or career choices. Indeed, the only young people in the world who do not have a problem in the first place.  The inflexible contract with Capita was also more effective. And, as predicted,  the system where students had to swipe their cards through a reader connected to Capita’s central database at the beginning of every lesson (in addition to the school keeping their own attendance register) was a disaster.
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