WestConnex has partnered with KARI Foundation to establish the WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program as part of its commitment to deliver positive outcomes in the community. The aim is to empower Indigenous young people across South Western Sydney, giving them the opportunity to gain independence and full-time employment.
The program provides mentoring, education and assistance for disadvantaged Indigenous youth in South Western Sydney to obtain a Provisional Drivers Licence and be confident and safe drivers.
Young people in the program undertake group and individual training, be assisted by cultural and community mentors and have access to professional driving lessons. The WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program partnership will allow Indigenous youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Western Sydney to access the program free of charge.
263 Indigenous youth from South Western Sydney expressed interest in signing up to the first intake of the program. This included 32 young people attached to KARI’s Out of Home Care.
KARI Foundation has registered 75 young people from South Western Sydney into the official first intake of the WestConnex Indigenous Drivers program.
Candidate selection took into account social-economic situation, location, age, sex and ability to commit to the program. A waitlist for a future program with an engagement process has been deceived by the unsuccessful candidates to ensure once a position has become available they are still engaged with KARI.
Candidates have been broken into groups associated to location and ability to attend classes and driving school times. The groups have a staggered start date to ensure the availability of both mentors and the driver training school.