Volunteer Mentor Drivers

Help to improve Reconnect Participants' learning outcomes with a focus on assisting Reconnect learner drivers to get supervised, on the road, practical driving experience.

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LOCATION: Kangan Institute, Broadmeadows
HOURS: 1 - 2 hours per week

Summary of program and its objectives

The Reconnect Program supports the transition of early school leavers to start and stay in vocational education and training, and to move into further training and employment.

It provides flexible and highly tailored support to the meet the individual needs of each young person, including support with learning and with broader needs. The young person and their Reconnect learning support officer develop and agree on a learning plan based on each individual’s needs and career goals. Read more on the Reconnect page.

Main responsibilities of the role

  • to act in the role of a supervising driver and help a young person build up 120 hours of driving experience prior to going for their Probationary License
  • meet with the mentee with whom they have been matched for a minimum of one hour per week
  • to liaise with the learner driver and book in driving sessions with the L2P Project Officer
  • to ensure that the car is left tidy at the end of each lesson and to refill the car should the petrol gauge fall below ¼ tank
  • to inform the coordinator of any car maintenance issues
  • build a positive relationship with the mentee, providing friendship and non-judgemental support to the young person
  • provide the time to listen to and support the mentee without telling them what to do but rather supporting them to find their own answers
  • provide regular feedback to L2P Project Officer
  • have fun with the mentee!

The volunteer may be directed to carry out such duties as are within the limits of his/her skill, competence and training.


The mentor will be required to adhere to the program code of ethical conduct and attend ongoing training.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require

  • age 21 years and over
  • a full Victorian Licence
  • willingness to undertake a Working With Children Check, Police Check and Driver History Report.
  • provide a minimum of two reference checks
  • previous experience working with young people who have faced barriers.
  • effective people-skills, interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to be able to handle challenging situations.
  • the necessary commitment and flexibility required to meet the minimum number of hours for the duration of the project, and who live reasonably locally to the program.
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood. 

To learn more, view the Volunteer Mentor Driver position description (PDF, 130kb) or phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390.

Screening questionnaire

Applicants are required to complete the screening questionnaire (Word, 86kb). 

Before you apply

  • read the position description
  • read the what to expect section of our website that outlines what to expect when you volunteer; your rights and responsibilities; and what's involved in a formal application.

How to apply

  • applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire
  • applicants who do not complete the screening questionnaire will not be considered for shortlisting
  • email written applications to: volunteer(at)bsl.org.au.

 Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application then please contact our volunteer services team at volunteer(at)bsl.org.au or contact us on (03) 9483 1390.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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