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Currently there are close to 60 F2D Peer Facilitators across Victoria, with more being recruited as the program extends into more schools. In 2015 the F2D program will operate in around 220 secondary schools across Victoria, taking in the state, Catholic and independent systems. We expect to be accessible to all Victorian secondary schools within the next three years.
As well as delivering all our workshops, the F2D Peer Facilitators are involved in ongoing training and development, as well as training and mentoring new recruits.
The F2D Peer Facilitators are able to connect with young people in our workshops, because they are close in age and can speak honestly and openly about their own challenges in risky driving situations. Young people say they can relate to the F2D peer facilitators and that's the key to making our workshops effective.
The Peer Facilitators are usually second or third year university undergraduates. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and university courses but they all have one thing in common - they're passionate about keeping young Australians safe on the roads. They are committed and inspiring young people.
F2D is flexible in recognising your university and work commitments and you will be paid for your time.
Gain New Skills
The F2D Peer Facilitators learn a whole range of new skills that helps them in their future careers while being paid for their time. It’s the same as work placements in that it’s providing you with real workplace experience, while being supported and mentored by a fantastic group. You learn:
- Communication skills
- Public speaking
- How to work in teams
- Small group facilitation
- How to work with young people
- How to handle challenging situations
- How to deliver a curriculum.
F2D Peer Facilitators usually find full time work more easily because of the skills they develop.
If you are successful in your application to become a Peer Facilitator you will be asked to undertake a two-day training course followed by refresher training at regular intervals.
Once you have successfully completed your Peer Facilitator training you will be asked to nominate two schools from current bookings that fall within two weeks after your training session (schools with more than 60 students, please). You should be able to work around four half-day workshops per month (or 2 workshops per month if you are based in a rural area) for at least one year.
To be a peer facilitator you will need to be able to:
- Speak English, as the workshops are all delivered in English.
- Be punctual, as workshops are based around school timetables.
- Be able to work with a variety of people in many different environments.
- Be sensitive to the effects of road crashes and road trauma.
- Satisfy an employment Working with Children check.
- Work within the framework of ethical and moral standards consistent with the Department of Education and Training (DET).
- Be prepared to maintain safe driving behaviour at all times.
- Be prepared to work in other areas around Victoria.
F2D peer facilitators who demonstrate leadership and organisational qualities have the opportunity to progress to Program Leaders, who liaise with schools to deliver the workshops as well as mentoring other F2D peer facilitators. Past Program Leaders have had great success in their chosen careers as they carry their wonderful experiences into the workforce.