Mentors driving the learner experience

Monday, 27 March 2017

City of Greater Geelong is seeking young learner drivers to be paired with and supported by a driving mentor as part of the community-based learner driver program L2P.

Vacancies are available for young learner drivers from the Bellarine, Surfcoast and Golden Plains areas who meet the eligibility criteria.

L2P is a community-based volunteer program designed to provide young learner drivers with equal access to driving experience and instruction to help them obtain their probationary licence. The L2P program pairs young drivers aged 16 to 21 with a licensed and trained volunteer driving mentor.

Utilising a sponsored vehicle and volunteers, the learners undertake supervised driving sessions, which may not otherwise have been possible given their family or financial circumstances.

To date 163 licences have been awarded since the program’s inception, with 40 young people qualifying for licences in 2016 and seven so far in 2017.

There are currently 75 active learners with 70 mentors supporting the young drivers.

Four mentors are currently in the eighth year of volunteering and a small number have accrued between 600 and 800 hours of volunteer driving.

L2P is a TAC-funded, and VicRoads-managed program which aims to provide access to driving practice for those learner drivers who may have considerable difficulty in gaining on the road experience unless a community based program is available.

Sponsors of the program in the Bellarine include Portarlington and Drysdale Community Bank Branches, Bendigo Bank and Adelaide Bank.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply contact the L2P Project Officer at the City of Greater Geelong on 03 5272 4011.

Linda Quinn - Director Community Life

“We want to encourage more young people to make the most of this program which is focused on supporting young people who have their learner's permit but are facing genuine barriers in getting their licence.
It may be that the young person doesn’t have access to a car or has no one who can act in the role of a supervising driver on an ongoing basis.”