Steer­ing stu­dents to jobs

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Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in a full two­day course, by Mata­mata AA Driv­ing In­struc­tor James Tur­ney, paid for by the school.

The stu­dents are re­quired to pay the li­cens­ing fee.

Bolton-Hamp­ton said of­fer­ing a driv­ing course is an ad­van­tage for many stu­dents. Trans­port is a bar­rier pre­vent­ing young peo­ple from go­ing on to train­ing or em­ploy­ment.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Volunteer Youth Am­bas­sador chair­man Kaleb Reid says mak­ing driver ed­u­ca­tion avail­able to all stu­dents would def­i­nitely be a bonus, es­pe­cially for stu­dents who can’t af­ford to pay.

‘‘I think it’s a great idea. It would be a great in­cen­tive for stu­dents.’’

He has his full li­cence and knows first hand how ex­pen­sive it is to sit all three tests. It costs $93.90 for a learn­ers li­cence (class 1-6), $134.80 for a re­stricted (class 1-6) and $109.50 for a full li­cence (class 2-5).

If some­one fails, or misses the test, they must pay an­other test fee, but not an ap­pli­ca­tion fee.

Reid says for many leav­ing school or look­ing for part-time work, a li­cence opens up job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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