Mentors needed for Taranaki Futures Driver Licence Programme

Taranaki Futures has launched a Driver Licence Pilot Programme for 50 New Plymouth secondary school students. The programme, funded by NPDC, seeks to remove the barriers for students to obtain their restricted driver licence – an essential requirement for many employers.

Delivered in partnership with Inglewood High School, Waitara High School and Spotswood College, around 15-20 students from each school are participating in the pilot. The programme kicked-off week one of the school holidays with a number of intensive five-day Road Code Training workshops, delivered by the team at Literacy Aotearoa Taranaki.

Volunteer mentors are needed for the next phase of the programme – which includes getting students behind the wheel of a Taranaki Futures supplied vehicle. If you have had your full NZ driver licence for at least two years (and have a clean driving record), and can spare some time to mentor students, complete the online application form. Full training will be provided to all mentors by Taranaki Futures.

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says the Pilot Programme which NPDC invested $50,000 in, builds on work already underway through the council’s Let’s Go road safety and sustainability programme.

“This Pilot Driver License Programme is a win-win as it will help tradies, small businesses and teenagers looking for their first job,” says Mayor Holdom. “NPDC’s investment in this road safety initiative will help local businesses who want school leavers who can jump straight into the van and get straight to work. Not all kids get help from their parents to learn to drive, so this scheme is great way to obtain an essential skill many employers want in their workforce.”

“Taranaki Futures is about enabling Taranaki rangatahi towards prosperous pathways from education to employment – and this driver programme is one way we’re delivering to that purpose,” says Taranaki Futures General Manager Belinda Mooney. If successful, it is hoped the programme will be rolled out to more schools in the future.

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