The Bikeability Trust is looking to inspire more people to consider a new career as a cycling instructor. Microsoft recently revealed in their 2021 Work Trend Index that 46% of the workforce are planning to make a major pivot or career transition in the next 12 months. The Bikeability Trust hopes to attract up to 1,000 of those across England considering a career change to become a new Bikeability cycle instructor.
To support recruitment, The Bikeability Trust has today (30 July 2021) announced a cycling instructor bursary, funded by the Department of Transport. More instructors are needed to scale up the industry in order to meet Boris Johnson’s goal to offer “cycling training for everyone who wants it,” as outlined in Gear Change.
All Bikeability cycling instructors must hold a Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training, designed to ensure children are provided with the skills to cycle confidently and competently on today’s roads. A £500 bursary towards the cost of qualification is now available for individuals across the country who wish to become a cycle instructor.
The bursary offers an opportunity for people who may be considering a new challenge to re-train as a cycling instructor. As a result of the pandemic, many people have re-evaluated their career goals. According to the Microsoft Work Trend Index report, 41 percent of the global workforce is likely to consider leaving their current employer within the next year. This number is even higher for Gen Z (54%).
The role of a Bikeability cycle instructor offers a unique opportunity for a transition into a new, rewarding career. Bikeability instructors enjoy flexible working, time outdoors and the chance to inspire the next generation to get on their bikes. All that is required prior to qualification is a positive attitude, passion for working with children – and ability to ride a bike!
Emily Cherry, Executive Director of the Bikeability Trust, says “Working as a Bikeability instructor has many benefits and it is a job which can really make a difference to children’s lives. With more people re-evaluating their careers due to the impact of Covid-19, accompanied by the launch of our bursary, we look forward to welcoming a more diverse range of candidates into the industry.”
Nathan Wood, a 20 year old from Lancashire, works at Go Velo as a Bikeability instructor. He says, “I initially studied construction, but I didn’t enjoy it because I am more of an active person. When I found out about the opportunity to become a cycling instructor, it sounded perfect for my interests. I enjoy seeing the children progress, get skills for life and have lots of fun on their bikes. I love working with our team of instructors and I am excited for my future career in cycle training.”
Stories from our Bikeability champions
“I feel really happy and relaxed when I ride my bike, and it’s given me independence and freedom. “
“It really is a joy to watch our son Josh cycle with a big smile on his face and it brings a tear of happiness to our eyes.”
“Cycling gives you the freedom you need when the world around you is locking down – free your mind, free your body and free your soul-build confidence, strength and do your bit to save the environment!”
“Cycling has been our saviour this year, and feels like it was the only things that wasn’t cancelled.”
“These sessions provided an excellent foundation. It helped to improve our confidence cycling on the roads. Very well experienced, professional and friendly trainers.”
“Cycling is a real life skill. Something you only have to learn once and remember forever.”
“We started family bike rides at the start of lockdown2020 as a way of keeping fit, and sharing an activity that the whole family can continue to enjoy.”
“Giving them the skills to feel more confident on the road is a great step for both them, and myself.”
“Cycling for me is a way to get around; a way to exercise; but most of all it’s a way to have fun together as a family.”
“We went from “I don’t want to!” To “Mummy, can you take me on a bike ride around the estate please?” Her bike has got her away from too much screen time and gained fun, fresh air and exercise!”
“The children are so happy, they feel so accomplished and they are, rightly, so proud of themselves. And we’re so incredibly proud of them too.”
“Using a bike rather than taking the car helps reduce air pollution. We are giving children the skills to make that choice easier and safer”
“I am so unbelievably proud of them. Here’s to many more memories together as a family…on our bikes. Whoop Whoop!!”
“It has been a tremendous help to gain the knowledge to comfortably ride on roads in the correct way and with confidence. Look forward to growing our journey with you in the future.”
“I’m back cycling after a long break, I’m a bit rusty but got some wonderful hints and tips on this website”
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