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Cycle Mechanics Tutor - Bristol (term time only)

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced mechanic with excellent teaching skills to join the growing team at our award-winning Bristol workshop on a Term Time Only contract. Time will be split between teaching bike mechanics to young people with Special Educational Needs, in partnership with City of Bristol College, and teaching City & Guilds accredited bike mechanics courses to the public.

Please read all the information below before applying.

  1. Background to Life Cycle UK

  2. Job Description

  3. Key responsibilities

  4. Person specification

  5. Terms & Conditions 

  6. Application Process

  7. Download the job pack

Background to Life Cycle UK

Our Mission

We help more people get cycling, to transform lives and the environment.

What we do

To achieve this, we:

  1. Offer people access to working bicycles
  2. Help people gain the skills and confidence to cycle wherever they want, whenever they want
  3. Offer extra support to anyone who faces barriers to unlock the benefits of cycling
  4. Strengthen the cycling sector: we train new bike mechanics, cycle instructors and partner with Local Authorities, businesses and other charities looking to boost cycling levels.

Our Approach

We work with people to offer practical support to help them cycle, in ways that can scale up and be replicated elsewhere. We want to build independence, not dependence, and help people continue to benefit from cycling beyond our direct involvement. We are passionate about working in a way that maximises social value and we treat everyone with honesty, decency, openness and respect. We strive for excellence in everything we do, but we aren’t afraid to try new things. We are bold. We are open-minded. We are always learning. 

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Our Values – we believe:

  • More cycling is vital for better physical, mental and environmental health.
  • Cycling can be safe, affordable and practical for most short journeys.
  • With the right support, almost anyone can cycle.

Life Cycle UK was founded in 1999 and works with 9,000+ people a year. We run projects in the West of England, Swindon, Hereford, Bournemouth & Derby. See more at: www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/our-impact   


Job Description

  • Bike Mechanic Tutor (Bristol)
  • 5 days per week (term-time only) 
  • £21,115 - £25,235 pro-rata 
  • Fixed-term contract to 31st July 2021
  • Immediate start

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced mechanic with excellent teaching skills and the ability to work with and inspire a wide variety of people. Working at our non-secure workshop in the car park of HMP Bristol during term times, your week will be spent working with 2 different learner groups. You will:

1. Teach bike mechanics to young people aged 16 – 24 from a range of backgrounds including learners with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs; learners with an education, health and care plan (EHCP). We work in partnership with City of Bristol College - you will be joined by their staff for these sessions. 

This will involve a mixture of accredited City & Guilds training in cycle mechanics with opportunities to put skills to practical use for the benefit of the local community.  Most importantly, you will be tasked with involving the young people to develop an exciting, innovative curriculum that engages them and keeps them coming back for more.   This really is a unique opportunity to make a real difference. You will be supporting young people who are disengaged from mainstream education to learn useful skills, contribute positively to the community and move towards gainful employment in the bike industry and elsewhere. 

2. Teach bike mechanics to the public on accredited courses.

Learners can and will be from diverse backgrounds: paying members of the public, ex-offenders funded by bursaries and/or volunteers at other bike projects or community organisations. Working in small groups, you will help them build skills in a formal setting and gain recognised qualifications up to City & Guilds Level 2 standard.  Some may stay involved with Life Cycle afterwards as volunteers:

“As a retired person, volunteering for Life Cycle has given me the opportunity to practice my skills.  I joined Life Cycle after qualifying at City & Guilds Level 2.  It’s been a great chance for me to work alongside other like-minded people and to give something back to the project who more or less taught me what I know.”  Martin, volunteer mechanic

“I know so much more about bikes and I’m so much more confident in myself. I can focus better and feel great I stuck to it and achieved my goal. I now want to work in the bike industry or volunteer for a bike project. It would be a great achievement [for me]” – Emmet, prisoner

Life Cycle UK’s prison-based cycle mechanics training and refurbishment project has won multiple awards, including the Prison Reform Trust’s Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation. We have been working with prisoners and at-risk learners for 10 years and you will join a friendly, supportive team.


Key responsibilities

For all learner groups, you will:

A)  Motivate, train and supervise learners:

  • Induct learners to the workshop and train them in aspects such as health and safety, Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage.
  • Assess and evaluate individual skills and track progress through individual learning plans.
  • Tailor learning and training requirements to individual needs. 
  • Support learners to achieve certificates and qualifications.
  • Teach bicycle mechanics to facilitate the repair and restoration of donated bicycles.
  • Be creative, innovative and responsive to learners needs and interests to inspire & engage 
  • Supervise and maintain discipline of learners within the workshop.

B)  Help oversee the workshop:

  • Source materials needed to make sessions interesting and innovative
  • Identify materials, parts and spares required to re-stock the workshop and to make sure the project runs efficiently and meets its outcomes
  • Keep registers and update learner records, as required  
  • Track and ensure all tools are accounted for and stored securely at end of each session.
  • Contribute to Health and Safety risk assessments and keep the workshop clean and tidy.

C)  Track & report outcomes 

  • Complete City & Guilds administration and paperwork, as required.
  • Contribute to Life Cycle’s monthly project reports. 
  • Collect good news stories and case studies as required.
  • Contribute to the development of the overall project
  • Attend meetings for supervision with Life Cycle’s Project Manager.
  • Attend occasional “all staff” meetings of the charity.  

Please note: This job description is for guidance only. You will be expected to undertake activities as required in order to develop Life Cycle and ensure the ongoing sustainability and efficacy of the organisation.


Person specification

Skills, qualifications and experience





Experience working with disengaged young people, offenders, those with Special Educational Needs or similar challenging client groups.



Excellent mechanical skills (equivalent to Cytech or City & Guilds  Level 2 bicycle industry standard).



Good at motivating others, building rapport, showing care and understanding of people from all walks of life.



Experience of sharing bike maintenance skills with others 



Punctuality, reliability and professionalism.



Dynamic, self-motivated and confident working independently.



Good knowledge of health and safety systems and managing a safe environment.



Enthusiasm for Life Cycle’s project and mission.



Listening and communication skills.



Strategy to manage stress well.



Computer literate.



Experience of working in the bike industry.



City & Guilds Level 2 in Cycle Mechanics or similar qualification.



Youth Work qualification


Experience of delivering recognised qualifications.



Teaching qualification.





Terms & conditions 

Salary: £21,115 - £25,235 pro rata. This is at Life Cycle UK salary band 3a

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week, Term Time Only 

Working days: Monday – Friday, Term Time Only

Flexible working:  There are no flexible working arrangements available with this contract.  

Contract: Fixed term contract to 31st July 2021.   Life Cycle UK hopes to extend beyond the end of this initial term, depending on performance and our ability to secure funding, but this is not guaranteed.

Security Checks: Appointment to the post will be conditional upon successful completion of the Ministry of Justice security checks.  These checks request information on previous addresses, employment history, criminal history and include declaring membership of groups or organisations which the Prison Service considers racist.  Significant periods abroad may delay this process as Police checks need to be received from each country you were resident in.

Management: reports to Bike Back Bristol Manager

Probationary Period: 6-months, with reviews at 1 month, 3 months and 6 months.

Annual Leave: 31 days paid leave in each holiday year, pro rata. Statutory holidays such as bank holidays are included within this entitlement. 3 of these days must be taken between Christmas and New Year when the Life Cycle UK office is shut.

All employees will receive one extra day of annual leave, pro rata, for every full year they are employed by Life Cycle up to a maximum of 5 additional days.

Pension: 5% contribution to pension.

Other benefits: staff discount on a refurbished bike (or Cycle to Work scheme for a new bike); Tech-Scheme, free cycle training; free annual bike check-up; discounted Endura cycle clothing; team-building meetings and socials; professional development opportunities.

Location: this role is based at Life Cycle HUB, HMP Bristol, Cambridge Road, Bristol, BS7 8PS 

Training: opportunities will be available, to be discussed on appointment.
Working with volunteers: Life Cycle values its volunteers, who make a vital contribution to our work. You will be expected to encourage, develop and support volunteer involvement in our work as and when appropriate.
Equalities focus:
Whilst equalities and diversity have always been important to us, we are now on a journey to becoming an anti-racist organisation. This means we are committed to increasing diversity amongst our staff, volunteers and participants – and to actively tackling unconscious bias and structural racism. We expect all staff to share our commitment to being always learning and working to address racial inequality, in order to achieve racial justice both inside and outside Life Cycle UK.

COVID-19 statement:
Anyone who delivers a service for Life Cycle UK will be following government guidance.  We are under strict instructions to follow Public Health England’s guidance e.g.; not deliver services when un-well or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive; increase handwashing; keeping a safe distance etc. 

Advice, guidance and training will be given on how to deliver bike maintenance and qualification activities in a COVID-19-safe manner. Best practice on how to do this in a prison setting will be shared by Life Cycle prison-based staff in Bristol.


Application Process

For an informal chat about this role email: tamar@lifecycleuk.org.uk. Please include a contact number she will call you back.  

How to apply: 

To help ensure our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce please remove all identifying personal information from your CV and Covering Statement including name, address, date of birth, dates of education etc.

Please email hub@lifecycleuk.org.uk with:

  1. A copy of your CV (please remove all identifying personal information including name, address, date of birth, dates of education etc.).
  2. A Covering Statement (max 2 sides of A4) explaining why you’re a great fit for this role (please remove all identifying personal information including name, address, date of birth, dates of education etc.).
  3. Attach these document to a short covering email that includes: Your name, a contact phone number and details of two referees (references will only be taken once your permission has been granted).
  4. Fill out our anonymous equalities monitoring survey.

This email will not be shared with the staff doing the shortlisting.  This will be done anonymously.  

Deadline: Monday 5th October 2020 by 10 am.

Interviews: Monday 12th October 2020

We will hold physically-distant interviews at: 
The Life Cycle Hub, HMP Bristol, 19 Cambridge Road, BS7 8PS        

Start date:  We are looking to have a candidate in post as soon as possible.  

Interviews:  Interviews will be held at Life Cycle UK’s community based workshop in the car park of HMP Bristol. The interview will have 3 parts:  

  1.  A mechanical test. You will only progress to the next interview stage if you are successful in this.
  2.  An opportunity to demonstrate your teaching skills
  3.  Formal interview