A learn-to-drive program, organised by Employment Plus, is helping job seekers secure work.
The Driver Mentor Program, based in Ipswich, has been assisting young who are effectively stranded because they can’t drive.
“There are a number of reasons that people don’t get a licence – maybe they couldn’t afford lessons or they don’t have anyone to teach them,” said Greg Moult, Managing Director of Employment Plus.
“Through this program we’ve been getting more young people into the workforce and helping them stay there.”
Participants have access to a car and receive time with a suitably trained driving mentor so they can achieve the day and night driving hours required for their full licence.
Twenty-year-old Elizabeth Martin used her new driver’s licence to get her first job in administration.
“It’s a 30-45 minute drive so I wouldn’t have this job if I couldn’t drive,” she said.
“I was a bit hesitant at first because the training car was a manual, but it was fantastic when I started learning.”