WELCOME TO TRACTION
TRACTION is a community-based program helping young people discover, connect and experience their own positive and successful futures. We understand that everybody learns differently and that some students don’t realise their full potential in a classroom. That is why the TRACTION program offers young people the chance to participate in an alternative, action based learning environment while being supported by encouraging relationships, community and employment opportunities.
ON THE ROAD TO A BETTER FUTURE
For young people, TRACTION enables participants to restore, repurpose or customise bicycles and motorbikes while developing lifelong skills, experience and confidence across a wide range of disciplines. Our enthusiastic, hands-on approach to teaching and communication, coupled with a low student to mentor ratio means students are gaining the most out of their experience in an approach they can truly understand.
While the program is centred on the restoration, repurposing or customisation of bikes, TRACTION also offers young people the chance to explore opportunities in disciplines including: project and business management; entrepreneurship and commerce; marketing and social media; video and still photography production; warehousing, procurement and supply chain operations.
For Schools, TRACTION provides the opportunity to better help students who may be struggling to find their way through traditional schooling.
For Mentors and Stakeholders, TRACTION provides a platform for people to make a difference by guiding and supporting young people in need.
The TRACTION program aims to impart lifelong skills and a sense of pride and achievement to students to set them on a positive future path.
TRACTION programs are run under the auspices of BWC, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organisation that offers a number of programs and services that meet the needs of the local community. BrisWestCare (BWC) was established by Dr Stephen Beaumont in 1999 and aims to help and support struggling families and individuals in the community.
SHED27 is the head office and location from which BWC programs are coordinated.
AUTO | HUB
Auto|Hub is a community hub bringing people together through automotive restoration. Auto|Hub sees participants work shoulder to shoulder with others to complete automotive projects in the fields of auto electrics, metal fabrication, panel beating, spray painting and upholstery.
The SAIL AWAY program provides purposeful and life changing outdoor adventures for children in foster care and similar disadvantaged backgrounds. It aims to impact the lives of youth in a positive way by contributing to their sense of purpose, encouraging individuals to realise their potential, dream big and set sails on their destination.
Ignite is a youth automotive traineeship program (Certificate II Automotive) run over 1‐2 years in conjunction with students from Capalaba State College
Forge is an intensive youth automotive traineeship program (Certificate II Automotive) run in conjunction with TAFE.
Lever is a career placement and support program in conjunction with Federal ‘Work for the Dole’ scheme. Lever engages participants in metal fabrication, welding and custom trailer manufacturing.
Trades is a fundraising and community service initiative focused on car restoration and resale program supported by the local retail car industry and other partners.
Tribe Trailers is a new social venture that will focus on purpose fabrication, construction and sale of trailers.
ABOUT TRACTION FOUNDER
A former director of Herron Pharmaceuticals, Rain Harvesting and Concept Living Properties, Sandy Murdoch established TRACTION in 2015. Sandy is a keen motorcyclist and through his time in business has developed faith that ordinary people can work together to achieve extraordinary things.
Image credits: Old School BMX bikes by Glynn at ProSixtyFive; TRACTION 'Wheel' Logo developed by Andrew and Leo at Ellaspede; TRACTION team members Werner, Sandy and Ron; Andrew's winning entry in the Bulmer Cider competition' ; Postie bike build by Jim at Champion Abbotsford; SHED 27 signage and SAIL AWAY program participants - other programs of BrisWestCare; Laith's 'Open' sign from Cranks Bicycle Garage