VIDEO: Miners give kids 'licence to drive'
April 05, 2013

A driving program in the Upper Hunter is opening doors to education and employment in a partnership between the NSW Government, Muswellbrook PCYC and BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal. 

 

Many young people face barriers to obtaining a licence like limited access to funds, a vehicle or an experienced driver to help teach them.

 

And not having a full licence can be a real obstacle for young people when they're looking to find a job or pursue further education. That's why local groups like PCYC, Hunter TAFE, Joblink Plus, BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal and others came together to create the Licence to Drive program. 

 

The free program offers hands-on experience and road safety education, plus each learner driver is offered a mentor to help them complete the driving hours that they need to get their licence. BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal provided funding to buy two cars for the program, and employees from the mine site have volunteered to mentor young drivers, too.

 

 

 

Brokered by Hunter Valley Youth Express, the was program launched in June 2011 after a two-year collaborative planning effort and since then has been successfully helping learner drivers get onto the road.

 

Licence to Drive is one way that this world class miner is helping provide more freedom and mobility to young people living in the Upper Hunter, enabling them to take advantage of work and educational opportunities.

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