ADER, the road back to employment
Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes - Malemort
ADER is a socially-supportive departmental association providing road safety education. It was created in 2008 in response to the need to take into account the problem of mobility in rural areas to foster access to employment. The association manages a driving school (‘Drom’Ader’) targeting a disadvantaged public, more likely to face learning difficulties. It welcomes candidates referred by social welfare programs: RSA, PLIE, employment centres, social workers, etc.
Jean-Marie Nicolle, co-founder and director of the association, which currently employs a staff of four alongside seven volunteers all of whom are very active on the Board of Directors, explained how it works: ‘The instructor/trainer spends however much time it takes with the candidate, and that makes all the difference! The teaching methods are adapted to fit the students, whether it’s a matter of overcoming a language barrier, or resolving psychomotor issues, or building confidence.’ A human, constructive relationship is forged between the driving instructor and the student, because the students are followed until they earn their driving licences.
A driving school devoted to professional integration
Getting her licence in August gave Jennifer Ray’s life a boost. Base RSA benefit recipient, she received a grant of €1,500 from the General Council to pay for her driving lessons from ADER. ‘I just got a permanent food service job with a retirement home approximately 30 kilometres from my house, in an area without local pubic transit. To get it, I answered an ad for the job that I had already seen a few months ago. But I never dared apply before, because I didn’t have my license,’ said this young mother of two children ages six and ten.
The simulator: saving money and building confidence
‘When Jean-Marie Nicolle came to us with his plans for a driving simulator, we were interested and impressed by this team’s determination to develop its actions in regard to both social integration and road safety,’ said Alain Jullian, association sponsor. The Foundation gave the association a grant of €17,000 in December 2012 to co-finance the simulator, which cost a total of €37,000, software included. An application was also submitted to the VINCI Autoroutes Foundation for Responsible Driving, for the road safety component. For Jean-Marie Nicolle, ‘Having the simulator saves a lot of time, energy, fuel and money, and has a clear impact on improved confidence among students.’ Indispensable to move forward.
May 2013 © Reporters d'Espoirs news agency
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