The Victorian government is investing $300,000 in the Hand Brake Turn initiative, to help at-risk young people in Melbourne’s Northwest to gain education and employment opportunities in the motor vehicle industry.
The funding was awarded to Concern Australia , which has successfully delivered the program to over 10,000 participants for over twenty-five years.
The project aims to help reduce vehicle-related crime in the state by giving young people aged 15-25 years with an interest in cars a positive way to channel their passion.
The initiative is designed to support disadvantaged young people who are:
- disengaged from education, or
- in contact with police or the justice system.
The five-week course combines mentoring, with hands-on training in a step-by-step pathway to employment within the automotive trade. It aims to instill confidence and develop skills that are in demand by the industry.
This investment is part of a broader $1.2 million package focused on addressing motor vehicle-related crime, including funding for Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers Victoria to deliver awareness campaigns to support the public taking steps to avoid being a victim of vehicle crime.