A unique driver training program that is putting young people on the road to employment has reached a milestone, celebrating the first participant to earn their learner’s permit.
Shania Brown was today congratulated on her achievement by Bunbury MLA Don Punch and SWDC chief executive officer Mellisa Teede.
The teenager excelled on her theory test, meaning she is now working towards getting her provisional licence.
The End to End Young Driver Training program is putting Bunbury residents aged 16 to 25 years on a pathway to employment by removing barriers to getting a driver’s licence.
Free mentorship and supervised driving practice is provided to participants who are referred to the program via partner agencies.
Mr Punch applauded Shania on her accomplishment.
“For so many regional employees driving is an essential skill they need from their employees so helping young people get their driver’s licence is a vital part of helping them become job ready,” Mr Punch said.
“I want to congratulate Shania on obtaining her learners permit and wish her all the very best for her lessons.”
Ms Teede said it was fantastic to see young people fulfilling their potential with support from the program.
“Having a driver’s licence opens up so many opportunities,” Ms Teede said.
“We are pleased to be supporting a program which is supporting young people in our community.”
The End to End Young Driver Training program, which incorporates the RYDE program, is supported by the State Government through the Department of Justice and South West Development Commission, and delivered by local community organisation Investing In Our Youth.