Help young people become great drivers

L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

Volunteers are urgently needed for a program that helps young people to attain their 120 hours of supervised learner driver experience.

The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program supports youth who may not have access to a vehicle or anyone that can supervise their 120 hours.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said volunteers mentored participants so that they could safely build the skills needed to attain a driver’s licence.

“This wonderful program has helped 86 Hume residents to get their licence,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Young people must undertake 120 hours of supervised learner driver experience, but some of our residents do not have a family member or a friend who can supervise their driving.

“Volunteer mentors make a big difference when they assist young people who have already undertaken formal driving lessons with a qualified instructor.

“I call on anyone with a terrific record on the road to consider whether they could volunteer a couple of hours a week to help a learner driver.”

People interested in a role as a volunteer mentor are interviewed and asked to agree to a police check, licence check, and Working with Children check.

Volunteers undergo training so that they can learn how to positively assist a young person who is behind the wheel of a car.

While each mentor needs to be a good role model to a learner driver, the sessions are not driving lessons and the volunteers do not instruct.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said people who volunteered as mentors received tremendous satisfaction.

“It’s a great way to help a young person in Hume,” she said.

“Volunteers are required to make available about two hours a week, but they can nominate their days and times.

“This is one way to give something back to the community, and it’s perfect for anyone who enjoys the company of young people.”

Learner drivers in the L2P program must live in Hume and be aged between 16 and 20 years.

More than 200 people have volunteered as mentors since the program commenced in 2009.

Hume City Council provides two vehicles to assist the program, and both cars have been rated 4-star in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said it was vital that every young person received many hours of driving experience before they were tested for their probationary licence.

“Our roads are now busier than ever before, and it’s important that people have time to get used to the ways they can operate a vehicle in a safe manner,” she said.

“Our volunteer mentors contribute so much, and enable youth to become more involved in the life of the community.”

The L2P – Learner Driver Mentor Program is funded by Hume City Council, VicRoads and the TAC, and is administered by the Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network.

People who would like to express their interest in the program should visit, or contact Rachael on 03 9309 5500 or

Posted on 12:00 AM, 8 March 2016

Updated : 4:22 PM, 24 September 2018

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