Job requirements are usually self-explanatory.
You often need the experience, the right training and qualifications and a positive attitude that fits the ethos of the company you want to join.
Employers want someone who clearly has the commitment to do justice to the role.
And more often than not these days, you also need a driver’s licence.
Sometimes it’s a job when you don’t leave the office.
But even then the licence requirement can be part of the hiring tick list for a prospective employer.
And being licensed is also a good way to prevent yourself from becoming socially isolated and to allow you to access vital health services.
But getting a licence, as it should be, means you must meet stringent knowledge and skill requirements.
It’s a big deal to get your L-plates and then, finally, your Ps.
And for some parts of the community, that process is even more difficult.
That is where the Birrang learner driver program comes into the picture.
Its role is all about helping Indigenous and disadvantaged communities gain the skills they need to become safe, licensed drivers.
As Mr Toole says, “a lot of people take a car licence for granted. When you don’t have it, everything becomes hard.”
It is tremendous news then that the Birrang program is about to be brought to the Border by the Orange-based organisation.
For many Indigenous people, a driver’s licence is a relative rarity.
The Birrang program takes things even further though, as it also helps participants manage government debts
But it is the driver licence preparation that provides the greatest benefit, done through an intensive program for learner classes in the morning and driving lessons in the afternoon.
It is all about making sure that when participants get their licence they also become safer drivers on our roads.
The confidence alone that this will bring to participants is extremely welcome.
But then of course getting a licence will have possibly its greatest impact in helping people getting a job.
This plays such an important role in self-esteem for allowing people to carve out a career, creating opportunities that benefit them, their families and their communities.
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