Central Hawke's Bay high school students are expected to benefit from a new programme helping them earn a learner driver's licence - and NCEA Level 2 credits - by the end of the year.
The initative, thought to be the first of its kind in the country, will see students aged 16 and over at Te Aute College and Central Hawke's Bay College be mentored to sit their test at the cost of a $25 donation, Hawke's Bay Today reports.
The programme was launched at the school last Thursday and it's thought 120 will benefit from it.
Students who get their learner driver's licence will also receive NCEA Level 2 credits under the new scheme.
Tia Cudby, 16, a student at Central Hawke's Bay College told Hawke's Bay today: "I think it will help out a lot of people and give them a push to get their licence."
The programme, expected to cost an estimated $120,000 to run, is being pushed by the Connecting for Youth Employment (CYE) Trust, as well as financial backing from transport-reliant businesses and Central Hawke's Bay mayor Alex Walker.
It's expected the programme will expand to help students receive their restricted driver's licence next year.