‘Keys for Life’ Put Young People in the Driver’s Seat

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For many young people, getting a driver’s licence is a rite of passage that leads to greater independence, freedom, and job opportunities. But for those who are disengaged from school, passing the learner’s theory test can be a major obstacle.

The ‘Keys for Life’ Pre-Driver Education Program aims to assist young people to obtain their learner’s permit, and progress to getting their full driver’s licence. The program covers traffic laws in Western Australia and safe driving techniques. It is an initiative of the Department of Transport and ‘School Drug Education and Road Aware’ (SDERA).

Several participants of the Youth Engagement Program (YEP), run by REFAP, recently completed Keys for Life. REFAP Coordinator, Kyle Bartlett said that staff worked tirelessly to gather the necessary identifications, and four young men have since successfully obtained their learner’s permits.

“It’s awesome for the guys to be able to start logging their driving hours in preparation for the practical test,” Kyle said. “The process of learning the theory and sitting the written test can be quite overwhelming, and can feel like a weight on their shoulders, so it’s great that we can help.”

“Working towards holding a driver’s licence is an important step towards being independent and job-ready,” he said.

The Youth Engagement Program (YEP) is a 15-week program for young people who are disengaged from school in Karratha, Roebourne and Onslow. It is run by REFAP with the support of North Regional TAFE and the Department of Education.

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