The ability to drive a vehicle is taken for granted by most people. But for some, particularly those in rural or poverty-stricken circumstances, obtaining a driver’s license is a major hurdle to overcome, because it is such a critical skill for job market entry.
Coega’s Driver Training programme targets youth and students, the unemployed, disabled persons and those who do not have the funds to pay for driver training, but mostly attracts graduates without licences.
The first phase allows one the opportunity to learn through the state-of-the-art driving simulator, before venturing out on the road.
The second phase moves into on-the-road training with a driving instructor.
Currently Coega has more than 16 instructors working across the province with the driver simulators and on-road instruction.
Coega also facilitates the learners’ licence application process and testing as part of the driver training programme.
In 2013 Coega assisted 901 people in getting a driver’s licence. In 2014, more than 1200 licences were.
Currently, the programme is booming across the Eastern Cape in East London, Mthatha, the OR Tambo and Chris Hani districts, Nelson Mandela Bay and a series of rural areas are also benefiting, through partnerships with higher education institutions. It has also been extended to the KZN region.
The successful pass rate is an indication of the dedication and proficiency of the CDC’s driving instructors.
The results speak for themselves – Coega has facilitated putting skilled and proficient first-time drivers on the road, who can now access job opportunities and start contributing to South Africa’s GDP.
Fast Facts about the programme:
- Driver training programme has launched two new sites in KwaZulu-Natal, namely;
- The Driver Training Program has been accredited by the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA).
- The programme has been commercialised and will now work with a broader base of beneficiaries and clients.
- Once again, the programme has exceeded its corporate targets.
- 2 551 beneficiaries have obtained their drivers licence to date through the programme.
- Programme is providing employment to 55 staff members.