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You will be supported every step of the way: from induction into the role, briefings on key parts of the role, and ongoing training and support once you get started as a volunteer.
Your role is first and foremost about supporting safe driving: role modeling it, speaking about it and helping a young person practice the driving skills they have learnt through lessons with a professional Driving Instructor.
Part of this role is modelling respectful communication, patience, and clear boundaries. Volunteer Mentors have a strong ability to demonstrate empathy, consistency, reliability and promote safe and stable relationships.
A long-term commitment is a key part of this program. We need volunteer mentors who can work with the same learner driver until that learner driver feels ready to sit for their P’s. This might be 6 months or 12 months, or more, depending on the learner driver.
When the young drivers have reached the testing stage of their journey, they will be confident and safe road users. Driver Training acknowledges that some young people may need extra professional instruction throughout their driving journey. The qualified instructor may deliver up to 5 additional lessons until they feel the learner driver is test ready. This is flexible and based on the needs of the participant.
The Program Coordinator will provide training and guidance on the practical elements of the program, including:
You will be supported to understand:
The graduated system of licensing in your State (the way young people get to their Ps)
We acknowledge teaching a young person how to drive is a big responsibility. We want to reassure you that you will be provided with the necessary training and supported throughout your journey with this program.
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