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Changing Gears is an interactive, pre-learner driver education program designed for people aged 16+ who have low literacy skills. This program has also been used successfully with culturally and linguistically diverse young people.

The program runs over four days and covers all aspects of the Victorian road rules and laws. The program engages the participants through group work, games, videos and online computer based activities and Vic Roads website.  On the final day of the program the group attends Vic Roads to sit their formal learner permit test.

The Changing Gears program includes Training, a copy of the Road to Solo Driving handbook and the Learner Permit Testing appointment fees at Vic Roads!

The Changing Gears program provides pathways to securing a driving licence. Gaining a drivers licence though the program has many benefits, including:

  • Opening doors to opportunities such as independence, community participation and employment as many jobs require a driving licence.

  • Enabling people from rural and regional Victoria to access this program and gain these skills and benefits. 

  • Community and social inclusion for people isolated by distance. For many this may be the first steps into gaining independence and becoming involved in social or community activities.

  • Not having to rely on public transport and the convenience of being able to go wherever and whenever is very empowering. Also the skill and awareness that comes from driving is applicable to many real-life situations.

9 out of 10 Learners pass their test by 
attending every day of the training

Linda Jane, formally a Changing Gears trainer from Mission Australia has worked seamlessly with  support workers in creating an innovative, appropriate program, with a visual approach to classroom learning, such as the creation of interactive roads to simulate driving scenarios, to better assist students in understanding complex road rules. The road rules are presented in a fun, interactive and flexible manner.

Mission Australia has given Linda Jane written approval to use the Training materials of Changing Gears, to continue to benefit disenfranchised groups.

 

 About the Trainer

 

Linda Jane started her career in driver education after a serious motorbike accident where she lost the use of her hands for 2 years.  Wanting to teach drivers how to watch out for motorbikes, she spent the time completing her Driver Instructor’s license. Linda has successfully assisted 1000’s of Learner drivers in passing their Drive test. 
Linda has been training large groups in driver education, in defensive driving and classroom based learner permit programs for Murcotts Driver Excellence, METEC and Mission Australia.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Videos
Explained so it makes sense 
Easy to remember methods
Practical real driving
Lots of practice tests
Heaps of discussions
All of your questions answered
Includes actual test on last day
(you don’t have to read the book
)

Additional Information for Agencies 

  • The target age range is 15+ years. Those that are close to turning 16 may participate in the program but they will not be able to complete the test at Vic Roads until their 16th Birthday.

  • The Program can be delivered across Victoria but will need to be scheduled into our Training Calendar in advance.

  • The preferred group size is 10-15 people. 

  • We will require the use of a suitable training venue for the expected group size.

  • For regional communities, travel costs are 4 x $150 per day.

  • Cancellations made more than four weeks prior to the commencement date will incur no charges.

  • Invoices will be paid Net 7 days.  If you need a supplier form to be filled out, please send this prior to the training commencement.

  • Contact Linda Jane – 1800 766 361 to make an enquiry or bookings

What people say

The Pavillion Community School

  CG for Learners provided a program that supported our students to understand the information in clear and simple terms.  It gave students real life examples and scaffolded them towards understanding more complex themes. 

In setting up the program I found Linda to be organised, responsive and flexible.  She has been exceptionally accommodating to the needs of the students and worked well with staff in managing any challenging behaviour that arose.  As a result of the program, all our students successfully passed and are now in possession of a Learners Permit.

CG for Learners has hence been a very valuable program to The Pavilion.   We hope to offer this program to our students on a yearly basis and would recommend other services working with at risk young people to have access to it as well.

Box Hill Migrant Centre

Changing Gears was conducted on a highly professional yet a practical scale with proper technology and rich material. Nine out of those ten obtained learner’s permits. Which was a huge dream for them
 Feedback from our client’s stated they could have never achieved it without the program. Following is a comment from a participant 

“I never thought I would get this. One of my friends did the exam before by herself and she failed. She repeated that few time and failed. This made me very anxious and I thought I will never pass this. But luckily I found this program. Linda (Changing Gears Trainer) was good and she taught us how to pass. I passed! 95% Yay! I also asked my friend to join the next program so she can also pass.”
 

Vic Deaf

Linda Jane, formally a Changing Gears trainer from Mission Australia has worked seamlessly with Vicdeaf support workers in creating an innovative, appropriate program, with a visual approach to classroom learning, such as the creation of interactive roads to simulate driving scenarios, to better assist students in understanding complex road rules. The road rules are presented in a fun, interactive and flexible manner.
The most recent ‘Changing Gears’ program in December 2016 returned an impressive result with 100% of participants passing their Learners Permit with VicRoads.    There is currently no other organisation offering this type of service to this disenfranchised group of people.