After months of planning, the IN-STeP Driving School has finally become a reality. IN-STeP has now included this facility to it suite of programs to address another part of the puzzle in helping our youth make the most out of their lives.

Following years of working with disengaged and disconnected young people, IN-STeP is launching its own Driving School in an attempt to help these youth gain the independence and freedom of having your driver’s licence, which in turn provides them with future options in study, training or employment.

IN-STeP General Manager Dean Wilson said the driving school provides us with another tool to assist these young adults who come from throughout Townsville, Ingham, Charters Towers and the Burdekin.

“It is about ensuring young people realise there is a bright future for them if they get in the right frame of mind,” Mr Wilson said.

“The joy of a project like this is the amount we as a community spend now could be saved 100 times over if a young person goes on to make a great contribution for the rest of their lives because they had the opportunity to obtain their drivers licence.”

Mr Wilson said the project would be rolled out to the whole community and open to the general public, however our focus is helping those who join IN-STeP’s other programs.

“It is however vital to ensure this is not a one size fits all approach which is why our school is open to everyone who wants to obtain their licence.

“There is no point trying to get a young person to focus on education, training or employment if they have no available options in becoming independent, our driving school addresses another piece of the puzzle.”

The driving school has been solely funded by IN-STeP a Non-Profit Community Organisation.

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