A partnership between a Griffin Mill Nissan and a social enterprise has put volunteers on the road to job success.
Griffin Mill loaned a Nissan Micra to Grow Enterprise Wales (GrEW) for it to form a driving school, which gives volunteers free driving lessons – in return for them giving up at least 15 hours of their time to help in their community every week.
Its paid trainees also get lessons at a discounted rate of just £5. The project has just celebrated its third year with more than 2,500 hours of lessons being clocked up on the Nissan Micra, in which time 29 people have passed their driving test.
In order for GrEW to continue its great work on this project, Griffin Mill has extended its support by replacing the Nissan Micra with a brand new Nissan Juke. Getting a driving licence drastically improves the volunteers job prospects – say GrEW – with the project being set up after figures showed 90% of GrEW trainees didn’t have a licence – not because they didn’t want or need one, but because of the cost of lessons.
Driving instructor Barrie Whiles added:
“In recent years I have seen many people drop off a driving course as they found the cost too prohibitive.
“This school is giving people a real opportunity to get the skills they need to find work and it is good to be a part of that.”
Griffin Mill director Mark Pardoe added:
“Griffin Mill is once again delighted to support the GrEW Driving School with a fantastic new Nissan Juke.
“GrEW’s approach to a driving school is both unique and credible, something which has really made a difference in our community.
“Volunteers who have benefited from the scheme go on to achieve success in gaining full-time employment, which is testament to the work that they do, and we are proud to support that.”
GrEW is a social enterprise set up by Pontypridd-based housing association, RCT Homes. Its aim is to get more young people in employment.
Bill Fitzgerald, GrEW operations director, said:
“We’d like to thank Griffin Mill Garages for the fantastic support it has given us over the past few years.”
Call Griffin Mill Nissan on 01443 824380 or visit the Tongteg Road showroom in Upper Boat, Pontypridd.
To find out more about GrEW Driving School contact GrEW on 01443 494660.