The Open Road programme is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
The programme currently operates in 9 locations around New Zealand.
The Open Road Driver Training Programme helps enables practical driver education to former refugees to sit their Restricted and Full License.
Having a driver's licence contributes to successful settlement in many ways such as:
Increased independence and confidence
Transporting children to and from school
Social engagement and connection
Over the past 4 years we have supported almost 1000 former refugees to sit and pass their test.
The programme runs for 12-20 weeks ( depending on learner progress ).
We have 2 intakes of learners per year ( with 20 places in each ) but have a need for volunteer mentors all year round.
A dual-control vehicle is supplied for the practice sessions.
All driving mentors are given training and induction for the duration of the programme, and will be required to attend a 90 minute induction at the beginning of the programme.
Practice session times will be according to availability of the mentor & learner.
OPEN ROAD LOCATIONS