Learner driver program turns 15

Jobfind regional manager Joe Abdo with L2P program learner driver Aqsa and Greater Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan. (supplied)

City of Greater Geelong’s L2P program is celebrating 15 years.

Under the program, eligible learner drivers between the ages of 16 and 21 (and in some circumstances, up to 23) who lack access to a supervising driver or a vehicle are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors who provide supervised driving sessions.

The program, funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), is administered by the Department of Transport and Planning and coordinated by the City of Greater Geelong.

Local employment service Jobfind has sponsored a fleet vehicle in the TAC L2P Program with 186 learner drivers participating in the 2023 program and 65 learners graduating with their probationary licence.

Mayor Trent Sullivan acknowledged the value and positive impact the program has on the community.

“The supervised driving sessions are instrumental in helping young people gain the necessary driving experience required for a probationary licence,” he said.

“It is also a rewarding opportunity for volunteer mentors to connect with young people in their community and support them in becoming safe drivers.”

Jobfind regional manager Joe Abdo was thrilled to support this training program.

“Jobfind understands the value of having a driver’s licence as it opens up greater employment opportunities,” he said.

There are currently 104 volunteer mentors in the City’s TAC L2P Program with access to eight fleet vehicles and council is actively seeking additional mentors to join the program.

A comprehensive training program is provided to ensure mentors are well prepared and understand their role as a supervising driver.

Visit the L2P page on the VicRoads website to apply.