L2P program helps its first graduates earn their driver's licences

Dylan Sutherland and two other young people have become the first to get their P-plates through a Murray Bridge-based volunteer program.

A year ago, Dylan Sutherland was stuck.

He didn’t have a driver’s licence or any way of working towards his P-plates, which severely limited his job prospects.

Now he’s employed at Bowhill Engineering – and he drives himself there and back each day.

His luck changed when he came across the L2P program, which helps young people earn their provisional licences when they don’t have access to a car or a supervisor.

Program volunteers travel with learner drivers as they log 75 hours behind the wheel, a requirement for anyone working towards P-plates.

“I don’t know where I’d be without (Peter Sawley) and the L2P program,” Mr Sutherland said.

“I definitely wouldn’t be at Bowhill.

“It has helped me in more ways than I could put into words.”

Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis presented Mr Sutherland with a certificate on Monday afternoon for being the first young driver to complete the L2P program.

Two other young drivers – Ella McDonald-Salter and Ebony Von Rochow – had also completed the program but were unable to attend.

Bowhill Engineering’s Samantha Krollig thanked Mr Sawley, the L2P program’s coordinator, for helping Mr Sutherland grab the opportunity to move into the workforce.

“We’re really impressed with him,” she said.

“He’s taken everything on board and is working really hard.”

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