Youth Driver Mentor Programme (YDMP)

Up to a 12-week programme. (Free Service)

*Only available in Ashburton and Greymouth

(Learners to Restricted Licence) 

Introducing the Youth Driver Mentor Programme, a transformative initiative tailored for high school students. This life-changing programme empowers individuals who lack access to an eligible full licensed supervisor or a warranted, registered vehicle, enabling them to obtain their driver’s licence. Operated within high school communities, our programme pairs learner drivers with skilled and dedicated volunteer mentors who with support from professional Driving Instructor’s, provide free driving sessions. This programme is designed to give learners experience on the road that will help support them being a safe driver and pass the test first time.


  • No Access to a supervisor (Full Licenced Driver – if you have access to a full licence driver but still need support, please go to PWW)
  • Minimum 30 hours driving experience in the last 12 months on New Zealand roads. 
  • Attend an interview and a classroom induction, and an initial assessment to ensure that you are suitable for the programme.
  • Must be committed to participate in twice weekly scheduled drives for up-to 12 weeks. 
  • A current Learners Licence held for a minimum of 6 months (legal requirement for sitting your restricted test). 
  • New Zealand resident or citizen (For all former refugees, please go to Timatanga hou programme)

This programme is currently only offered in Ashburton and Greymouth. (if your school would like to get involved, please contact your local coordinator to enquire how we can support)

Our commitment to you:

  • Practical Driving Experience: We provide hands-on driving experience to equip you with the skills needed to become a safe and responsible driver, promoting good road citizenship.
  • High First-Time Pass Probability: Our goal is to increase your chances of passing the driving test on your first attempt, ensuring a smooth and successful experience.
  • Dedicated Volunteer Mentor: You will be paired with a trained and committed volunteer mentor who will guide you through your journey, offering valuable support.
  • Coordinator Support: Our coordinators, along with trained and experienced driving instructors, are dedicated to supporting you at every step of your driving journey.

Driving Test Fee is not included: While the driving test fee is not included, we understand you may be experiencing financial challenges. Please feel free to discuss any financial concerns with our coordinator for personalised assistance.

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