Bikeability approved apprenticeship scheme launches

The comprehensive programme of training is designed to develop all the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a successful cycle instructor. 

November 11, 2021


Bikeability providers now have a new route for employing new cycling instructors thanks to a new Cycle Instructor Apprenticeship scheme from First Step Training.  

Endorsed by the Bikeability Trust, the Cycle Instructor Apprenticeship Scheme offers a unique vocational pathway for aspiring Bikeability instructors. The apprenticeship gives training providers and grant recipients the opportunity to take on new instructors and increase delivery, supporting the Trust’s ambition to offer cycling training to every child by 2025. 

Under the Government’s apprenticeship scheme, training providers and grant recipients who take on an apprentice could be eligible for £3,000 of funding. If that apprentice is between 16 – 18 (or up to 25 in some cases) employers will receive an additional £1,000.  

The comprehensive programme of training is designed to develop all the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a successful cycle instructor. The apprenticeship teaches the communication, leadership, and practical skills, required to plan and deliver practical cycling programmes. The programme is ideal for a cycle instructing training provider whose services include: 

  • Bikeability Levels L1, L2 and L3 
  • Learn to Ride and Balance 
  • Bikeability Adult and Family  
  • Cycle Clubs 

The course requires the apprentice to have at least 20% of their time spent learning off the job, so apprentices can be committed to learning the unique qualities of your business, whilst building their knowledge in areas such as cycling balance, signalling and road safety. 

Supported by 1st4sport, apprentices doing the Cycle Instructor Apprenticeship will complete a Level 2 Community Activator Coach Apprenticeship Standard, a Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training, and additional cycle instructor specific safety training including: 

  • Health and safety  
  • Equality  
  • Safeguarding  

There is very little for the apprentices employer to do, as First Step provides all the training and assessments necessary, including tracking an apprentice’s progress for quality assurance purposes, free of charge.  

Any interested employers need to register with the government’s apprenticeship service and attend an employer induction with First Step Training before starting the training. 

To register your interest please contact First Step Training or call 01482 218753. There has never been a better time to train an apprentice. 


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