SunLive – Giving learners the green light
More Western Bay of Plenty learner drivers will receive a helping hand with the donation of a new car to the Blue Light Driver program.
The car, a Suzuki Swift donated by the Quick Rescue Team, will allow Blue Light to offer an additional 30 lessons per week to young people who may not have the support they need to access a license and lessons other.
The Blue Light Young Driver Boating Program has been running in the Western Bay of Plenty since 2017.
Over 1,700 students have enrolled in the program and 1,500 licensing steps have been completed to date.
The possibility of obtaining a driver’s license is something that many New Zealanders often take for granted, but for some, the cost of fees and lessons, a registered and guaranteed vehicle to drive, and the distance to testing centers makes up. significant obstacles, says Rod, CEO of Blue Light. Bell.
“The more cars we have, the more students can practice driving,” says Rod.
“Each new car increases our ability to provide safe, registered and guaranteed vehicles for kids to learn to drive, which is fantastic.”
Nine Western Bay high schools participate in the program, and student referrals come either from their school, the police or other community organizations.
The program is supported by volunteers who accompany the young people in class, give lessons on the highway code and help with all aspects of obtaining the license.
Rod says they’re always looking for more volunteers.
Having a license also contributes to the employability of young people, he says.
“While many jobs do not involve driving, over 70% of advertised positions require a license,” says Rod.
Employers use a license as a way to gauge an employee’s reliability to get to work as well as an indication of their abilities and skills, he says.
“We are very grateful that the Rapid Rescue Team shares our passion for supporting the ability of all young people in New Zealand to reach their full potential, have the opportunity to get their driver’s license and not only improve their skills. results, but the results of their whānau and the communities in which they live, ”adds Rod.
Blue Light is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the police to create positive bonds between young people and the police.
For more information visit: www.bluelight.co.nz