It was a pleasure for TRACTION to deliver a 4-day Bicycle Build Boot Camp for the fourth group of participants from Access Community Services (ACS) in December 2017 at the Moorooka workshop.
Access Community Services is one of Australia’s leaders in multicultural issues, with over 30 years of experience in the provision of settlement, employment, training, youth support services, housing and social enterprise opportunities for migrants, refugees and Australian born clients. Services are delivered right across Queensland with a particular focus on the South East, including Logan City, Ipswich City and the Gold Coast.
The TRACTION Bicycle Build boot camp experience provides the chance for young people from the ACS network to strip down, assemble and personalise a bicycle donated by the community and keep the bicycle at the conclusion of the program.
The boot camp also provided the chance for participants to have fun whilst learning new skills and making new friends, build confidence and self-belief, and build practical and life skills.
YOUTH mentoring program TRACTION has proven both effective and inspirational for five students in grade eight from Yeronga State High School.
The students are recent graduates of the TRACTION Bicycle Build program and have all indicated an eagerness to develop further skills following their recent experience with the not-for-profit community initiative.
Their skills will be further developed in the TRACTION Small Engines program, which will run during term four of 2017 at Traction’s Moorooka workshop.
Yeronga State High School Head of Department of Junior Secondary Matthew Petersen said the students are influenced by the hands-on approach TRACTION presents, as well as the sense of achievement they get from seeing a project through from start to finish.
“Students gain a sense of pride in their work as they see a project through from conception to completion,” Mr Petersen said.
“It builds resilience in students and shows them that results require hard and sometimes repetitious work.”
Mr Petersen said the students have adapted the skills of teamwork, communication, persistence, concentration, pride in work and social engagement from the TRACTION program.
“The students present themselves more maturely and can discuss their progress on a different level, which leads to more meaningful discussions around goal setting and classroom growth,” he said.
“I am hoping students participating in the Small Engines program will get a stronger sense of the importance of concentrating on the accuracy and precision of work, and how that translates into the way they approach classroom tasks.”
The Small Engines program is backed by the Australian division of leading car, marine, motorcycle and power equipment manufacturer Honda Australia.
Honda has provided six identical lawnmowers and new motorcycle engines for TRACTION mentors to teach basic repair and maintenance.
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch is excited about participants gaining access to industry-relevant experience through Honda’s own exemplary training resources.
“This represents an exceptional opportunity for TRACTION participants to acquire new skills that will position them superbly for future employment,” Mr Murdoch said.
Honda’s General Manager for the Motorcycle Division Peter Singleton said the company decided to sponsor TRACTION as it fits with the group’s corporate social responsibility focus to support the next generation.
“TRACTION contributes to helping young people understand the diverse community and raises awareness that the community does value young people and that these values are widely held,” Mr Singleton said.
“TRACTION not only exposes young people to diversity, but builds their confidence, helps them discover new talent and understand the structure and value of teamwork and collaboration.”
The Small Engines Program will initially operate out of TRACTION’S Moorooka workshop, the space for which is provided free of charge by owner of Pro Motorcycles Moorooka, John Peterson, who is also a distributor for Honda.
“TRACTION helps take young people off the streets and doing something outside of the school atmosphere that will benefit them in the future,” Mr Peterson said.
“At the Moorooka workshop, youth are working in a real business environment – this is not a school but a program where people experience a real working operation.”
Mr Peterson has contributed the support and technical expertise of Pro Motorcycles’ mechanics and apprentices to aid TRACTION mentors and participants with their projects.
Mr Peterson himself will be spending time with the Small Engine program participants this term, sharing his experience with motorcycle engines and small motors.
Participants in the program will be introduced to basic mechanical concepts and will learn to strip down and rebuild Honda ‘postie’ motorcycles, whilst developing new skills that will position them well for work experience and further training down the track.
TRACTION is a charitable program and appreciates community support.
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Thank you to the Redland City Bulletin for featuring this story about the LIONS Club of Capalaba's support for TRACTION. Thanks to President Jan for leading the charge! Click HERE to see the online version.
On Sunday 16th July, the top 12 Bike Mechanics from national bicycle retail group “99 Bikes” donated 3 hours of their time to TRACTION. The 99 Bikes team spent time providing technical training to selected TRACTION participants, mentors, family and friends, at both our Capalaba and West End workshops. Attendees had the chance to learn from the best in the business about specific technical and mechanical topics, but also got the chance to hear about career opportunities in the industry and what it’s like working with 99 Bikes.
We’re always grateful for support from the community that helps connect TRACTION participants to ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experiences. Fifteen TRACTION mentors, participants and family members were fortunate to see an elite field of cyclists racing at the new Anna Meares Velodrome on Friday night. The brand-spanking-new cycling circuit at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane is a seriously impressive facility, and it was fantastic to see it put through its paces at the race two of the 2017 Friday "Track Racing League".
Special thanks to Jamie Share of the Ipswich Cycling Club for securing complimentary tickets to the event for the TRACTION team and being generous enough to take us on a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the facility. Jamie even took the team up close to the riders and their machines in their Riders Only section at the centre of the track, to see the riders warm up/cool down and make adjustments to their bikes.
It was the first time that many of the TRACTION team had attended an indoor cycling race event. There was a range race formats on show, including scratch races, elimination events, heart starters, keirin races, sprint derbies and a highlight was seeing current individual pursuit world champion Jordan Kerby have a crack as a world fastest lap!
We also met other characters of the local cycling scene, including Keith Ham who showed his pride and joy, an old school racer which he still impressively rockets around the track, and Scott Smith whose impressive beard poses no hinderance to slick times.
For more information about Cycling Queensland’s “Friday Night Tracking Racing League”, visit http://qld.cycling.org.au or Facebook @cyclingqueensland. Cycling Queensland provide opportunities for the public to ride on the velodrome at “Come and Try” sessions. Click here for more details.
For more details about the Ipswich Cycling Club, visit online at http://ipswichcyclingclub.org.au, on Facebook or email Jamie Share, Club Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Six TRACTION participants from Clairvaux MacKillop College, aged between 12-15 years, were treated to a special visit from Brisbane members of business network Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (“EO”) last Friday.
The event was the initiative of Belinda Vesey-Brown, CEO of local strategic creative agency Brio Group, who as part of her 40th birthday celebrations in 2017 is paying it forward with 40 acts of kindness in the community. Joining her at TRACTION were four other EO members and business owners, Gerard Murtagh, Rohan Wood, Geordie Skinner and John Williamson.
There were special guests aplenty as the visit by EO members coincided with Benieka and Sarah from Equity Trustees dropping by the Moorooka workshop to see the TRACTION program in full flight.
The students from Clairvaux MacKillop are engaged in the TRACTION Bicycle Build program, which provides the chance for participants to refurbish a bicycle donated from the community over an eight to ten week period as part of their school curriculum. Students get to experience a sense of success, build confidence and develop practical, team and interpersonal skills.
Students showed the five EO members how they are progressing with their bike build projects. A bit like ‘speed dating’, students got the chance to spend time with each guest, with conversations flowing back and forth over the workshop bench. The visit provided the opportunity for a little mentoring, as the guests shared some of their life stories, including challenges overcome and lessons learnt.
The students presented each visitor with a TRACTION cap as a gesture of thanks, with Kasey, the Team Leader on the day, making the formal presentation.
It’s wonderful when the business community gets behind TRACTION. Participants feel like the people are taking an interest in them and care about the futures they are building for themselves. So well received were these special guests that students declared them “COOL AS!”.
Heartfelt thanks to the EO team and Equity Trustees visitors for giving so generously of their time. A particular thanks to those that provided their impressions on video - please see below.
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It was awesome to have Nick and Adam from the Capalaba store of national bicycle retail group 99 Bikes visit TRACTION today. Experienced bicycle technicians and shop managers, the pair shared how they'd forged successful careers in the growing business, started in Brisbane and now with stores throughout the country.
Six lucky year 7, 8 & 9 students from Wellington Point State High School, currently participating in the TRACTION Bicycle Build program, were amongst the first to hear about new Bicycle Mechanic Apprenticeship opportunities launched recently by 99 Bikes. The company will be recruiting aspiring bicycle mechanics and supporting them through a rigorous training program under the expert supervision of 99 Bikes staff.
The TRACTION Bicycle Build program provides the chance for students to refurbish a bicycle donated from the community over an eight to ten week period as part of their school curriculum. Students get to experience a sense of success, build confidence and develop practical, team and interpersonal skills.
Students showed Nick and Adam how they are progressing with their own bike builds at TRACTION and asked questions about their experience in the industry, including how Nick got so many "jerseys" on his name badge.
Support from the business community is appreciated and helps TRACTION participants get a better understanding about what is required to be successful in the workplace and to build their own future.
99 Bikes have been avid supporters of the TRACTION program since it kicked off in 2015. In 2016, 84 new bikes were donated to TRACTION (Read More) and stores (like Browns Plains) across Southeast Queensland routinely provide second-hand bikes that have been donated by their customers to TRACTION for participants to work on as projects.
Visit the team at 99 Bikes Capalaba:
Address: 1 Moreton Bay Rd, Capalaba
Phone: (07) 3156 2499
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TRACTION Programs are run under the auspices of BWC (Briswestcare Association Inc) - a Charitable Organisation with Public Benevolent Institution status granted by the Australian Taxation Office - Ref: AF1595C/SF8939B.
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