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Cycling Instructors – Swindon

  • Full training offered - gain a nationally-recognised qualification.
  • Freelance roles or Kickstart contracts are available (scroll down for more details).
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 17th January 2022 at 9 am.

 

Freelance roles

  • Freelance rate: Between £104 - £133 per job. Work 2 - 5 days per week.
  • For freelance terms and conditions scroll down or download the Job Pack below.

Apply for a Freelance role

Click here to download the Freelance Job Pack and Application Form.

 

Kickstart roles

  • Applicants must be aged 18-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit. You must apply via your DWP Work Coach.
  • Kickstart salary: £18,525 per annum (pro-rata). Work 2 - 5 days per week.
  • For kickstart terms and conditions scroll down or download the Job Pack below.

Apply for a Kickstart role

Click here to download the Kickstart job pack and application instructions.

 

National Standard Cycle Instructor Information

Please note, all this information can also be found in the Job Packs. You can download them by clicking on the links above.

Job Description

This is an exciting time in the world of cycle training and Bikeability Delivery. The Government is now channelling huge investment into helping more children and adults to get cycling through its “Bikeability for All” programme.

Your role will be to support and encourage young cyclists to gain confidence and practical skills for riding on the road. Inspired by your enthusiasm, they will feel empowered to give cycling a go – and keep going as they discover how fun and freeing it can be.

You will play a key role in helping your community to thrive, giving the next generation access to this low-cost, healthy and ‘green’ form of transport. In turn, you will end each day having helped young people to progress on their cycling journey – unlocking all the benefits along the way.

 

 

Key Responsibilities

This role is to deliver Bikeability and Bikeability Plus training to children in schools to the high standards of quality and care that our clients have come to expect from Life Cycle UK. 

  • Delivery of Bikeability and Bikeability Plus Modules.
  • Completion of all Bikeability paperwork including; session plans, risk assessments, course registers, progression tracker and incident reports.
  • Regular personal and peer reflection on training delivered.
  • Uploading results onto our database.
  • Mentoring and observation of new instructors.
  • Taking part in regular CPD opportunities. 
  • Participating in and contributing to team meetings.

This post requires effective communication with riders, schools, parents, other instructors and members of Life Cycle UK’s wider team through referrals to other projects that can support the rider’s progression and interests. 

Note: This job description is for guidance only. You will be expected to undertake activities as required in order to help the charity develop and increase its social impact. 
 

 

 

Person Specification

Essential 

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a confident urban cyclist. We can further develop your skills if needed. 
  • Willing to work outdoors all year round.    
  • Friendly, tolerant, outgoing and able to empathise with the challenges that young people may experience.    
  • Good organisational and computer skills: Basic Microsoft Excel skills; able to use our online portal to manage your jobs and regularly report back to the office.  
  • Good listener and have excellent communication skills.  
  • Punctual, reliable and trustworthy
  • Able to pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).
     

Desirable

  • Have experience in a coaching, training or instructing role with children and young people (e.g. helping with a football team, swimming, after school club, guides/scout groups).
  • A First Aid qualification.
  • Basic bicycle maintenance skills.

 

 

Pathway to Becoming a Cycling Instructor - Freelance roles

1. Apply

Online via this page.

2. Interview and Skills Test

Interview via video call (or in-person). The skills test must take place in person.

3. Cycling Instructor Training

We offer the 1st for 4sport Level 2 Course as a mixture of in-person and online learning. This normally costs £750, but the training is covered by a bursary, funded by the Bikeability Trust. All we ask is you pay a refundable deposit of £100, to be paid back once you start working. The practical training takes place in Bristol.

4. Start Working as a Cycling Instructor

Your £100 training deposit will be returned to you after you have delivered 10 courses for Life Cycle UK.

5. Six-Month Post Course Assessment

After you have delivered approximately 72 hours of training, you will be assessed ‘on the job’ and if you pass, gain your full 1st4Sport qualification.

 

Pathway to Becoming a Cycling Instructor - Kickstart applicants

You will still have to complete the above steps, but all costs will be covered by Life Cycle UK as part of our contract.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Kickstart Terms and Conditions

Salary: £18,525 pro-rata. This is at Life Cycle UK salary band 1

Working hours: Part-time (25 hours per week over 4 days). 

Working days: Flexible: to be agreed

Contract: Fixed-term, 6-month contract. Life Cycle UK may consider extending beyond the end of the initial term, depending on performance and our ability to secure funding, but this is not guaranteed.

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. Three of these days (pro-rata) must be taken between Christmas and New Year when the Life Cycle UK office is shut.  For term-time only contracts pay is calculated on holidays being taken in school holidays.  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); TechScheme, free cycle training; free annual bike check-up; discounted Endura cycle clothing; team-building meetings and socials; professional development opportunities.

Location: In schools across Swindon and occasionally in other council areas. You may occasionally be asked to work at our Headquarters (the Create Centre in Bristol, BS1 6XN).

Reports to: The Bikeability Lead

Training: 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training, First Aid, Safeguarding other opportunities will be available: to be discussed on appointment.

Working with volunteers: Life Cycle UK 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.
 
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 be always learning and working to address racial inequality, in order to achieve racial justice both inside and outside Life Cycle UK.

Apply for a Kickstart role

This job opportunity is under the Kickstart scheme, meaning applicants must be aged 18-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit.

  1. Speak to your Department for Work & Pensions Work Coach about applying for the role.
  2. Your Work Coach will nominate you to apply. 
  3. Once you have been formally nominated by your Work Coach, you will be given the application instructions.
  4. You can then apply for the job with us.

We cannot under any circumstances accept applications from candidates who have not been referred by a DWP Work Coach.

Deadline: Monday 17th January 2022 at 9 am.

Shortlisted candidates will then be contacted for an interview and skills test.

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

For an informal chat about this role please email your name and a contact phone number to: office@lifecycleuk.org.uk or call us on 0117 353 4580. 

 

 

Freelance Terms and Conditions

Freelance rate: A rate per job of between £104 - £133 for a Bikeability Level 2 course of 7.5 hours, delivered over 1.5 days.  Your rate will depend on the school location and your experience level. More experienced instructors are responsible for paperwork and therefore earn more.

Working hours: Flexible: to be agreed upon. Work between 2 – 5 school days per week.

Working days: Flexible: to be agreed upon. We teach courses during school hours (9 am – 3.30 pm, Monday – Friday). We encourage our freelance instructors to commit to specific days of the week. There is also work available in school holidays.

Location: In schools across Swindon and occasionally in other council areas. You may occasionally be asked to work at our Headquarters (the Create Centre in Bristol, BS1 6XN).

Other benefits: Discounted bike maintenance training; team-building meetings and socials; professional development opportunities. 

Reports to: The Bikeability Lead

Training: We offer 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training to all new starters who are not already qualified as a cycling instructor. The cost of this training is covered by a bursary from the Bikeability Trust. All we ask is you pay a refundable deposit of £100, which we pay back to you once you have delivered 10 courses for us.

We also offer First Aid and Safeguarding training. Other opportunities will be available: to be discussed on appointment.

Working with volunteers: Life Cycle UK 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.

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 freelance workers, staff, volunteers and participants – and to actively tackle unconscious bias and structural racism. We expect all workers to share our commitment to be always learning and working to address racial inequality, in order to achieve racial justice both inside and outside Life Cycle UK.
 

Apply for a Freelance role

Click here to download the Freelance Job Pack and application form.

 

 

More information

Read more about Bikeability training here.

 

 

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