EJEHS Driving Program

Career Employment Group (CEG) identified that there were students in Whyalla who were disadvantaged when looking at job opportunities through apprenticeship and traineeship recruitment as they did not have their driver's licence.

Many of these students found it difficult to gain a licence as they did not have access to a car and/or a supervising driver, or the funds to engage a paid driving instructor. Under new legislation, 75 supervised driving hours must be completed before a provisional licence is granted.

CEG, with support from Department Education, Employment & Workplace Relations, OneSteel and BHP Billiton raised $50,000 to purchase a dual controlled car (a new Mitsubishi Lancer) and 2 years worth of fuel to set up a program to assist students.

The car was donated to Edward John Eyre High School Governing Council. The Governing Council, as the owner of the vehicle, created a policy on the responsibilities of ownership and procedures for use.

Students identified for inclusion in the program includes those from low income families or who may not have access to a motor vehicle, indigenous students, students with a disability, students who have no family member or friends who can supervise their driving hours and students studying in the Flexible Learning Options (FLO) Program. Volunteers and staff trained in the use of a dual controlled vehicle supervise students in the program. All participants, including supervising drivers, must agree to the conditions of use to be involved in the program.

Students undertaking the program are required to have at least 4 hours driving experience with an instructor before commencing.

During term one the focus has been to assist students in attaining their L plates and ensure these initial hours have been achieved. Some students have commenced supervised driving classes and there have been some great outcomes in terms of improvement in student engagement, learning valuable new skills and the confidence that this brings. Another bonus for students is that they can attain 10 SACE credits once they have successfully completed the program and attained their provisional licence.

The Edward John Eyre High School Community is extremely appreciative of the generous donation and the assistance it will provide to students for job and future study pathways.

Volunteers are urgently needed to supervise students driving. There are a few requirements that volunteers must meet including being over 30 years of age, undertaking a criminal history check and training in the use of a dual control vehicle. If you think that you could be available for an hour or so each week or fortnight or would like a bit more information about the program, please contact the school, phone 86457677.

Jan Wakeling

EJEHS Governing Council