Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Puketapapa Community Driving School

We are all aware that assisting our young people and our migrants to get their drivers license, and to move through the graduated drivers licensing system, is a huge step towards becoming more employable.

Over the past year the Puketapapa Local Board have been supporting young people to gain their L license and we have seen over 120 young people go through training and gain their license.

We have also seen a huge demand by migrants, refugees, young mums and families who are wanting support to gain their licenses.

As a result of this demand, the team at Project PETER have made it one of our priorities to develop a sustainable, community based driver training programme/enterprise/school/project.  We want to be able to support people through to their full license, and will focus on the Learners Theory test, and community based mentoring through to the Restricted Practical test, and onto the Full if needed.

We have begun to get together the different people and organisations across our community who are interested in Driver Licensing, so that we can coordinate better the resources that we have, and then design together the best type of driver training support that our community needs.

Coming soon we will have the next round of subsidised L training and testing - email us if you'd like to stay in touch, and keep an eye on this blog for more information.

We are also creating a working group to meet together for 6-8 weeks to develop our community wide driving school concept.  If you would like to be a part of this group please let us know, meetings will commence mid April.


Our team have been drawing on the expertise from organisations across Puketapapa, across NZ and from governmental departments and NGO's who have driver licensing as their core business.  We are really excited about pulling together all of these insights into a 'one stop shop' specific to our diverse community.

Watch this space!


Monday, 4 April 2016

Whānau Ara Mua - A new learning opportunity for local parents.

Local families now have a chance to get skills and a pathway to study or work, while also helping their children learn. 

Whānau Ara Mua has started at Wesley Intermediate – the course runs three days a week during school terms.  

Adults gain a L2 NZQA qualification while they learn English, improve computing skills, do a course on money management and learn about family health and wellbeing.  They also gain understanding on how children learn, and develop skills to help their children read, do maths and support them with their homework.    

This is a life-changing course for whole families, tell the families you work with about it. 


Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programme in Wesley

Are you working with 18-24 year olds who may be interested in construction training and employment opportunities? If so, Auckland Council would like to hear from your organisation.
As part of Te Auaunga Awa: Walmsley and Underwood Reserves Project, the council is working with Unitec  and Project PETER to provide a fees free pre-apprenticeship youth training programme. The four-month programme will start July 2016 and includes training, site visits, a Level 2 construction qualification, restricted driver licence training and potential apprenticeship opportunities associated with the project.
To be eligible candidates must be aged between 18-24, hold a learner driver licence and a minimum of NCEA Level 2 for English and Maths (or equivalent).  Preference will be given to local candidates.

In the coming months we will be developing an application pack and also offering information workshops to give more detail about the programme to those organisations working with young people, recognising that these organisations are best-positioned to identify young people in the area who might be suitable and interested in completing this training course.  

If you are interested in attending these workshops and finding out more, please contact patrick.gifford@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz (Specialist Broker Youth Connections).

Project PETER will also be delivering a Learner Driver License training programme in April-May, so that interested candidates can gain their learners licence before applying.  Please contact connect@projectpeter.org.nz if you'd like to register for this opportunity.