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A driving program enabling locals to upgrade their licence, is being hailed a success, after a number of graduates successfully gained their Medium Rigid (MR) Licence.

The Driving the Valley Forward Program being delivered by The Community Transport Company (TCTC) with funding from Transport for NSW, has seen nine participants upskill, providing an opportunity for them to secure employment and learn new skills for life.

The Community Transport Company, Chief Executive Officer, Bethany Langford said Driving the Valley Forward helps locals gain skills for life upgrading their drivers licence, furthering opportunities for employment.

“This is a program which helps participants but also helps the community, with graduates asked to give back in volunteering hours with TCTC. Helping people who are transport disadvantaged, access everyday services.” Ms. Langford.

Program participant and Sandy Beach local, Wayne Brown recently entered into the program and after upgrading, has now been successful in securing paid work.

“I was looking for a way to get back into employment following an accident and I definitely wanted to get into driving or an occupation where I could be involved in community,” Mr. Brown said.

“Following my licence upgrade I started volunteering with TCTC which turned into paid driving hours, I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

“It’s motivated me into a new career change and I get just as much back from it as the customers do, they get their trips around and I get to help them.”

The program involves an online knowledge-based test and taking part in a competency component with independent driving instructor company, KSB Heavy Vehicle Driver Training, based in Grafton.

There is criteria participants need to meet before entering the program, there are some spots still available, anyone wishing to participate in the program can call Jeff Blair 0499 913 188.

More information about volunteering can be found at: www.communitytransport.net.au

Media inquiries:

Kylie Cork (Communications Manager) 0456 547 292 kyliecork@communitytransport.net.au

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