A drivers licence is crucial in the trades. Your boss might ask you to pick up supplies for a job, or you may need to travel between different work sites during the day.
Work Readiness Skill #1

If you don’t have your licence yet, it’s the number one thing you can do while you’re training to help you get a job later. When you’re just starting out, a restricted licence is fine for many jobs. If you already have your restricted licence, getting your full licence will make you even more valuable to an employer.

What to do next
  • If you don’t have your learner licence, start by learning the road rules. First, grab a copy of the Road Code – ask your friends and whanau if they have one you could borrow, check with your local library or get a new copy. Don’t just read the Road Code; do practice tests to help you nail the real thing. You can find tests online or get someone to ask you questions about what’s in the Road Code.
  • If you’re learning to drive, get as much practice as you can and make sure you’ve learned all the essential driving skills. Offer to drive someone with a full licence to places they need to go – like taking your mum to the supermarket. The more time you spend behind the wheel, the faster your skills and confidence will grow.
  • Once you have your restricted licence, you can drive a car on your own. If you need help financing your first car to help you travel to work, you might be able to get an interest-free loan through Ngā Tangata Microfinance Trust.
  • Already have your own car? If possible, carpool to work with someone else. You’ll save money on petrol and have someone to talk to on your way to work – and it’s better for the environment as well.