HAND BRAKE TURN 2018-06-20T11:44:25+00:00




Hand Brake Turn provides practical, hands on automotive training experience whiLst also giving young people the opportunity to learn about themselves.

Predominantly for young people between the ages of 15-21, Hand Brake Turn teaches skills such as panel beating, mechanic trade preparation and spray painting. As a short course being delivered over a seven week period, Hand Brake Turn assists young people to transition into education and employment through life skill development and technical skills practice.


This 7 week automotive training program offers 3 day per week (20 hours) automotive and life skills training for young people between 15 and 21 years of age.

Our next Hand Brake Turn Program dates are:

DANDENONG – 27 Station Street, Dandenong

Class 110 – Tuesday 10th July, 2018 – 23rd August, 2018

Class 111 Tuesday 28th August 2018 – 18th October 2018
(no classes 25-27th September)

Class 112 Tuesday 23rd October 2018 – 7th December 2018
(no class 6th December)

BRAYBROOK – 8 Scotland Street, Braybrook

Class 51. Tuesday 17th July 2018 – 30th August 2018

Class 52. Tuesday 4th September  2018 – 25th October 2018
(25th, 26th & 27th September no Classes)

Class 53. Tuesday 30th October 2018 – 13th December 2018
(6th December no Classes)

Concern Australia is a Learn Local Registered organisation which is a network of over 300 government registered community based organisations that offer education and training opportunities for all Victorians.


Kelly, a mother of four, recently shared with us how her whole family and her sons and their peers have been touched by Hand Brake Turn. “I’m very proud of all my boys!” exclaimed Kelly.

Her first son, Adam had been passionate about engineering and motor mechanics in high school, so Kelly suggested that he attends the Hand Brake Turn program.

Each week he woke up to catch the bus from Frankston to Dandenong to learn about mechanics and build relationships with his trainers and peers. “Adam absolutely adored the trainers. The time they put into their young people is unreal,” said Kelly. The trainers gave students opportunities to do volunteer work linking them into jobs in their field.

Adam went onto receive mechanic apprenticeships at several places (Mercedes, Jefferson Ford and Somerville Automotive) and participated in Performance Car Mania events. “There are so many boys I know that have been in Hand Brake Turn and have gone on to be mechanics,” said Kelly who still kept up with at least 15 young people who’ve participated in Hand Brake Turn.

After Adam had completed the Hand Brake Turn, my other sons really wanted to get into the car scene too. My son Lockey was diagnosed with PTSD as well as having high functioning autism and so when his youth worker suggested he give Hand Brake Turn a call – he jumped at the opportunity.

In December 2017, when her son Lockey graduated from Hand Brake Turn and Kelly shared with staff how proud she was of all her boys. Her son Lockey has since got into a Certificate II in panel beating and painting at Chisholm in Dandenong, and attends school three other days at Oakwood High School.

“The teachers at Hand Brake Turn teach good morals and about learning other trades. You can be whatever you want to be. It makes me proud to know the guys at Hand Brake Turn are trying to make a difference.”