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Heavy vehicle licences help inmates take a different road

The Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Program operates at five of the state's prisons skilling up inmates to get jobs when they are released.

Inmates leaving custody with work-ready skills are better placed to gain employment, one of the most important factors in reducing potential for re-offending.

The Program provides training well within the reach of many inmates and delivers a skill set very much in demand in the thriving industry of transportation and logistics.

"So far 112 inmates have successfully completed the program to upgrade their licenses - of those who've been released, 61 have found employment," says Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin.

"This program's success is largely due to the contribution made by Corrective Services NSW staff and the dedicated instructors."

The Heavy Vehicle Training Program which commenced in 2012, operates in the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre and Dillwynia Correctional Centre for women (both on the John Morony Correctional Complex near Windsor) and at Oberon, Bathurst and Cessnock Correctional Centres.

Inmates approaching the end of their sentence are carefully selected to participate in the program which offers three license classes: Heavy Rigid, Heavy Combination and Multi Combination.