Driver sup­port for Clon­tarf boys

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRE­MAN­TLE Clon­tarf Academy will ben­e­fit from a fund­ing grant to help stu­dents gain their driver’s li­cense, pro­vid­ing a greater op­por­tu­nity to se­cure em­ploy­ment.

Clon­tarf gen­eral man­ager for em­ploy­ment Mar­cus Har­rold said a driver’s li­cence was es­sen­tial for young Abo­rig­i­nal men.

“Most forms of em­ploy­ment re­quire ac­cess to trans­porta­tion,” he said.

“Whether it’s at­tend­ing job in­ter­views, en­gag­ing in train­ing or the day-to-day com­mut­ing to work, a car is crit­i­cal to pro­vid­ing th­ese men with con­sis­tent ac­cess to trans­porta­tion, es­pe­cially those who do not have ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port.

“It also pro­vides th­ese men with the in­de­pen­dence to en­gage in fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, at­tend health-re­lated ap­point­ments, par­tic­i­pate in sports and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mr Har­rold said there were sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing many young Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple from ac­cess­ing ap­pro­pri­ate driv­ing ed­u­ca­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Many boys in our pro­gram have dif­fi­culty ac­cess­ing

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