Published 23 May 2014
West Dunbartonshire Council is providing young people with free driving lessons in a bid to help them find a job.
Ten young people have already passed their driving tests through the Council scheme for 17 to 24 year olds and 34 young residents, including high school pupils and Modern Apprentices, are currently receiving driving tuition free of charge.
The Council has invested £50,000 in the pilot project which aims to improve the employment prospects of young people who are interested in driving-related careers or opportunities but do not have the funds to learn
Launched in December 2013, the scheme is managed through the Council's Working 4U service with places allocated by the team and their partners in Skills Development Scotland, the Department of Work and Pensions and the area's secondary schools.
The lessons are being provided by three local driving instructors who have so far delivered 1,102 hours of tuition through the scheme. Each candidate's progress is monitored on a monthly basis.
The free driving lessons are just one of a range of measures which have been introduced by the Council to help reduce youth unemployment. Another recent example is the opening of a jobs and training centre specifically for young people in Dumbarton High Street.
Councillor Kath Ryall, Convener of Corporate Services, said: "We want to ensure our young people have the best possible chance of gaining employment and we will do everything we can to support them. Driving is a valuable skill which will open up many more job opportunities for these young people and also lead to greater independence."
Councillor Tommy Rainey, Depute Convener of Corporate Services, added: "This scheme not only helps develop skills and provides young people with another string to their bow when they are applying for jobs but it will also help build their confidence."