An innovative student driver-training programme is to be set up to help Horowhenua tertiary and secondary school students achieve a successful transition to employment.
Horowhenua Learning Centre chief executive officer Patrick Rennell says the clear challenge was to provide an opportunity for students to achieve a driver’s licence as part of their studies.
The new programme uses a combination of theory, practical driving lessons, observation and mentorship to enable students to graduate with a minimum of a restricted driver’s licence.
Horowhenua Learning Centre, Horowhenua College, Waiopehu College, Manawatu College and Police are working together to deliver the programme, with over 225 students to participate in the first 12 months.
Senior Sergeant Sarn Paroli not only saw the benefits in getting young people legally driving, but also saw the initiative as an opportunity to create positive relationships for young people with Police.
The programme begins in Term 3 on Monday 23 July.