Career Driven

Learn to drive. Free.

We'll help get you on the road to a great career.

It’s simple – tradies need transport. And without a driver’s licence, travelling from site to site or carrying that ute-load of tools can be challenging.

CITB is changing that. Our Career Driven initiative provides doorways2construction students and first-year apprentices with free driving lessons. Not only will this initiative provide you with a key skill, but it will also make you more attractive to employers in the building and construction industry.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must be aged 16 years or older, with your learners permit and-

  • currently registered as a doorways2construction student or;
  • currently registered as a doorways2construction student with a letter of offer for employment as an apprentice/trainee or;
  • have completed the doorways2construction program and have a letter of offer for employment as an apprentice/trainee or;
  • be a first-year apprentice (including school-based) completing a CITB eligible qualification who commenced a Training Contract from 1 November 2021.
  • have an approved CITB number (unless a previous D2C student
  • be an approved CITB Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative (AWDI) apprentice

What can I access?

I'm a...I have access to...
Current D2C studentup to 3 hours of VORT or CT&A lessons
Current D2C student with a letter of offer*up to 10 hours of VORT or CT&A lessons
(inclusive of the 3 lessons received prior to your letter of offer**)

Past D2C student with a letter of offer*
up to 10 hours of VORT or CT&A lessons

First-year Apprentice (including school-based apprentices)
up to 10 hours of VORT or CT&A lessons


* Letter of offer must be for employment as an apprentice/trainee completing a CITB eligible qualification.

** Current doorways2construction students who access the 3 free lessons can access another 7 free lessons (10 in total) if they gain a school-based or full-time apprenticeship in a CITB eligible qualification.

    How can I apply?

    Simply complete the online application form (below) and we will be in contact to confirm your eligibility. Once your eligibility is confirmed you can book your driving lessons.

    Please only apply once as multiple applications will hold up the assessment process. If you have already applied and haven't yet received anything from CITB please contact us on 8172 9500.

    Do you currently hold a valid SA learners permit? *
    Do you have a CITB number? (You will need one to access this funding) *
    I am a *

    Word documents, PDFs and images are accepted. This field accepts multiple files; select and upload all relevant documents.

    Employer completing online Employer Verification form (tick if relevant)


    How do I go about booking lessons?

    There are 3 options....

    Option 1: Contact a CITB Approved Driving Instructor

    Contact one of our approved driving instructors to book your lessons.

    Provide the instructor with your full name, CITB Number and confirmation letter from CITB when booking your lesson.

    You will not need to pay anything for your lessons, Approved Driving Instructors will invoice CITB on the completion of your lessons.

    See our list of CITB approved driving instructors.

    Option 2: Contact the RAA

    Contact the RAA on 08 8202 4444 to book your lessons.

    Provide RAA with your full name, CITB Number and confirmation letter from CITB when booking a lesson.

    You will not need to pay anything for your lessons, RAA will invoice CITB on the completion of your lessons.

    For more information on RAA, please visit their website.

    Option 3: Pay & Claim

    If you would prefer to book your lessons with another provider (not listed on the CITB website) and pay upfront, you can claim reimbursement for your lessons from CITB.

    To claim reimbursement, complete the online reimbursement claim and upload proof of payment.

    The proof of payment must be a Tax Invoice or Receipt from a qualified driving instructor and include your full name, the date of the lesson(s) and the duration of the lesson(s).

    Claims for current Doorways2Constrution students (3 hours of driving lessons) can be made for lessons conducted from 1 July 2022.

    What is a letter of offer for employment?

    It is a document which provides evidence in writing that an employer or Group Training Organisation has offered to employ you at a future date.

    The letter should include the following:

    • Employer's business/organisation name (eg. XYZ Construction, or HIA Group Training)
    • Employer's full name and position within the organisation (eg. Barry Humphries, Site Supervisor)
    • Employer's ABN (Australian Business Number). An ABN is a unique 11 digit number that identifies your employer to the government and community. You can search for your employer's ABN.
    • The role that you will be employed as, eg; apprentice electrician.
    • The date you will start your apprenticeship.

    Alternatively, your employer can complete the on-line Employer Verification form to verify the apprenticeship opportunity.

    The letter of offer must be for employment as apprentice/trainee in an eligible CITB qualification.

    Do I have to book all ten lessons?

    No. There are simply up to 10 hours of lessons available for you. Some people need more lessons than others. We recommend booking the first five lessons initially, and then booking additional lessons if you need to.

    Will there be an instructor available in my area?

    We are confident that there will either be an RAA instructor or similarly accredited instructor in your area who can provide driver training. You might need to jump online to find out where and who they are. Once you’ve found one, just let us know their contact details. You can do this by calling us on 8172 9500 or sending us an email. A list of CITB preferred driving instructors are listed on our website.

    Do I need my own car?

    No, you don’t. However, you may need access to a car to practice your driving between lessons to increase your hours.

    Do I still need to pay for my final test?

    Yes, you do. Career Driven funding funds up to 10 hours of driving lessons but it does not cover the cost of the final test required for you to gain your Provisional Licence.

    Once you commenced your apprenticeship, you may wish to apply for the Work Equipment Allowance incentive.