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Changing Gears - Fully-Funded Learners Permit Program.

Changing Gears is a Fully-Funded Learners Permit Training Course we Deliver Free of Charge for Community Groups, Special Schools, and DES Providers.

Fully supported by Vic Roads and the Department of Transport, Changing Gears caters to the unique learning challenges faced by people from migrant, indigenous, disabled, and other socially disadvantaged backgrounds. 

We do this because, unfotunately many people in these socially disadvantaged communities fail their learners permit test, as a result of poor literacy or other learning difficulties. Especially when they have to study for the test in a traditional classroom or an online setting. Why? 

Because this failure intensifies their social disadvantage and the obstacles they face in gaining employment, and in creating a life that works. 


Changing Gears changes that!

Reserve a program now

We will call you within 48 hours to answer your questions and confirm your fully funded program.

 

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Working with community groups and Special schools over the past 10 years, we have achieved an impressive 93% first test pass rate, because our program is effectively designed to impart road laws and safe driving skills in a way that resonates and sticks, especially for people with low literacy skills or learning challenges. 

There’s only one catch. Due to budgetary constraints, Changing Gears can only offer a limited number of programs each year. 

So if you would like to explore the opportunity to help disadvantaged people in your community obtain their learners permit, leave your best contact details on the form above. We will get back to you within two working days to answer your questions. Then, if you’d like to move forward, we can formally book in a program for your organisation.

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And best of all, because of our relationship with VIC roads and the NDIS, we can offer Changing Gears at no cost to qualifying community groups and special schools, allowing you to deliver a positive life affirming experience in your communities, fully funded, so it has zero impact on your operational budget

Ways Changing Gears Will Make a Positive Difference in the Lives of Young People in Your Community Group or Special School.

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Assists individuals with low literacy or learning difficulties successfully apply for their Learner's Permit.

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Our program is uniquely designed to effectively teach road laws and safe driving skills in a way that resonates and sticks with an audience that struggles...

Our program is uniquely designed to effectively teach road laws and safe driving skills in a way that resonates and sticks with an audience that struggles in traditional classrooms or online settings. An impressive 93% of Changing Gears course participants pass their Learner's Permit test on their first attempt.

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Boosts self-esteem and employment prospects 

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Securing a learner's permit and developing driving skills is a crucial step in a person's journey to self-empowerment and independence. Did you know one in 6 jobs require...

Securing a learner's permit and developing driving skills is a crucial step in a person's journey to self-empowerment and independence. Did you know one in 6 jobs require a driver’s license? Also, iIf people in suburban and regional areas don’t have a driver’s license, they may need to relocate just to find work. And with the current low vacancy and high costs in the rental market, not having a driver’s license becomes a significant social disadvantage.

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Offers a meaningful life affirming accomplishment.

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Obtaining a driver's license is a symbolic 'rite of passage' for young Australians. And our program assists those who would otherwise struggle to pass their learners test, have a positive, 

Obtaining a driver's license is a symbolic 'rite of passage' for young Australians. And our program assists those who would otherwise struggle to pass their learners, have a positive, self-esteem building WIN in their life. It also prevents the possible temptation to drive without a license and risk acquiring a criminal record.

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Promotes social inclusion and community connection

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By supporting people in obtaining their learners permits, Changing Gears can help to break down social barriers and foster a sense of

By supporting people in obtaining their learners permits, Changing Gears can help to break down social barriers and foster a sense of community and belonging among participants.

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Provides a valid Government issued ID

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In today's world, numerous ordinary activities like connecting a utility require people to present 100 points of identification. Possessing a learner's permit,...

In today's world, numerous ordinary activities like connecting a utility require people to present 100 points of identification. Possessing a learner's permit, which is a valid government-issued ID is worth 40 ID points, which can greatly simplify the process of proving one's identity. 

Case studies

Consider the positive impact Changing Gears had in the lives of these young people.  

Elle - A 25 year old indigenous woman,pregnant with her third child

Due to low literacy, Elle was unable to pass her learner’s permit. And living in rural Victoria, where public transport is minimal, she told us she chose to drive unlicensed to “take care of my mob.” But like so many in her situation, she was eventually caught driving unlicensed and was due to appear in court in March 2020. Thankfully Elle was referred to the Changing Gears program by a caring community worker, and as a result, obtained her learner’s permit in January 2020 and a far more favourable outcome in court. That intervention and action encouraged the court to treat her leniently, Now, instead of being a convicted felon, Elle is a single mum with a driver’s licence,

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Biak - A young migrant woman struggling with literacy difficulties

How about The Story of Biak Tha Sung, a young woman who obtained access to the program through The Migrant Information Centre (MIC)

Biak successfully obtained her Learner’s permit, which eventually led to her obtaining her probationary license, and with the help of her parents, was then able to buy herself a nice little car and secure regular employment. 

I want to thank MIC for this great program! It really helped me feel good about myself…to be able to drive, understand how to be safe and get a job. Thank you so much!”

WHAT OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS SAY

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