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Driving program helps Alice Springs Locals Find Work

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driving lessons help locals find work

STEPS Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) team in Alice Springs has been passionately working alongside the Tangentyere Council to launch the Learner Driver Training program. Not having a license is one of the biggest barriers to gaining employment and the STEPS SEE Program stepped in to provide support.

Since commencing in April, the program has seen huge success with eight Indigenous men completing our program. These local men were supported by their trainer Peter to understand the road rules and practice the online test questions, preparing them well for the theory component of the learner’s license test. The men approached the eight-week training program with enthusiasm and absolute dedication.

We are incredibly proud to hear that to date four of these men have gained their Learners. The men have talked about how this achievement has made them feel a sense of pride. One participant said, “My family is so proud of me.”

The program has received wonderful feedback from the participants, as well as Tangentyere Council staff.

Tangentyere Council and STEPS are now looking forward to continuing the program and running a sister program encouraging local women to also ‘get behind the wheel’.

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

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