Young people in West Dunbartonshire are being offered free driving lessons to help improve their chances of gaining sustained employment.
West Dunbartonshire Council is investing up to £50,000 to fund lessons for residents aged 17 to 24 years across the local authority area who are keen to learn to drive but don’t have the funds to pay for tuition.
This is the second year the initiative has run after the initial success of a pilot project.
More than 40 young people have now successfully passed their driving test, with a further 32 currently taking part in lessons as a result of the scheme. This has helped many of these young people to secure jobs.
The project is managed by the council's Working4U service and young people across the area are being encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will initially be offered 20 free lessons
Councillor Kath Ryall, convener of Corporate Services, said: “This is a fantastic scheme which is already proving successful in helping young people throughout West Dunbartonshire gain employment. Driving is a basic skill and can be crucial for competing in the job market. Good luck to everyone who applies this year.”
Councillor Tommy Rainey, depute convener of Corporate Services, added: “The council is committed to improving the life chances of children and young people, so by providing assistance to learn to drive this initiative is certainly helping deliver this.
"It is important that young people have as many skills as possible when entering the workforce, so I would urge young people from across West Dunbartonshire to apply to be part of this year’s initiative.”
The driving lessons are being delivered by three local driving instructors who will alongside the Working4U service monitor progress of their students on a monthly basis.
All applicants will be assessed on their knowledge of the Highway Code and those who score highest in the test will be offered the lessons.
In order to be considered for the free driving lessons all applicants will require a Provisional Driving Licence.
To apply, and for more information, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wdcsupporttodrive16.
Closing date is Friday, April 29