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The Roads and Maritime Services has introduced a Disadvantaged Learner Initiative which offers 1,000 subsidised Safer Drivers Course places per year to assist disadvantaged young learner drivers access the course.

The key objective is to enable young learner drivers from disadvantaged backgrounds with limited financial means to access the course by providing a course fee exemption. Participants must hold a Centrelink Pensioners Card to be eligible for the exemption.

This exemption will assist in improving equity of opportunity for disadvantaged young learner drivers in NSW to benefit from the road safety outcomes provided by the course.

The Safer Driver Course, developed and accredited by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), equips learner drivers with driving strategies such as speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances, assisting young drivers to be more prepared when they drive unsupervised on their provisional licence.

The course involves 5 hours training – 3 hours classroom based and 2 hours in-vehicle coaching. Participants gain 20 hours credit in their L Log Books once the course is completed, and normally costs $140.

Skillset delivers the course in Orange as part of their commitment to young people in the region. Employing over 400 young people across the region as apprentices and trainees, Skillset understands the need for them to both gain their license to secure employment, and the need to gain driving skills for safe travelling to their jobs and TAFE.

The next course in Orange is being held on 15th August, with courses also being held in October and December.

Go www.skillset.com.au/sdc for more information and on-line bookings, or call Skillset on 6331400.