Train­ing fu­ture driv­ers with elec­tric hy­brids

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Toy­ota NZ is pro­vid­ing the Man­feild­based Na­tional Driver Train­ing Cen­tre with three Toy­ota Prius plug-in elec­tric hy­brids (PHEVs) for use in its driver train­ing pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme is fo­cused on in­creas­ing the num­ber of sec­ondary school pupils at­tain­ing a re­stricted li­cence, while pro­vid­ing NCEA cred­its and a de­fen­sive driv­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion to make them more em­ploy­able when en­ter­ing the work­force.

“This pro­gramme, aimed at get­ting well trained, suit­ably qual­i­fied young driv­ers onto our roads, is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the lower num­bers of sec­ondary school stu­dents with an ap­pro­pri­ate li­cence,” said An­drew Davis, the gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing for NZ.

“We have loaned these ve­hi­cles to the Na­tional Driver Train­ing Cen­tre to sup­port them in this great com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive.

“The Prius PHEVs are the kind of technology that will be­come in­creas­ingly com­mon in the fu­ture, so get­ting driv­ers used to its op­er­a­tion makes sense.” An­drew said for­mal driver train­ing also made for safer driv­ers.

The new gov­ern­ment has pledged to make driver ed­u­ca­tion more ac­ces­si­ble to en­able school leavers to travel to and from jobs and make them more em­ploy­able.

Re­cent sur­veys have found only 44 per­cent of all 18 to 24-year-olds have a re­stricted li­cence or bet­ter, while less than 25 per­cent of school leavers have some type of driver’s li­cence.

In re­cent years, many in­dus­tries which use lots of driv­ers have strug­gled to find suit­ably qual­i­fied staff.

The road trans­port in­dus­try has com­bined with the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment to en­cour­age more peo­ple into driv­ing as a ca­reer through a Sec­tor Work­force Em­ploy­ment Pro­gramme.

The Na­tional Driver Train­ing Cen­tre aims to pro­vide suit­ably qual­i­fied driv­ers who have com­pleted the first steps to­wards a job where a driv­ing li­cence is re­quired.

Ali and Nelly Skel­ton with the Na­tional Driv­ing Train­ing Cen­tre‘s Toy­ota Prius PHEV at Man­feild

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