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Volunteer Bike Mechanic - help young people in Bristol

About the role

Life Cycle UK has partnered with City of Bristol College to offer weekly, practical classes to young people aged 16-24 who have found it hard to engage in traditional classroom settings. You will help young people to learn the fundamentals of fixing bikes in a supportive environment and gain a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics.

Learners are with us one day per week. We teach in small class sizes (maximum of five during Covid-19) and it’s very hands-on. Each learner has their own workstation with quality tools.  Our tutor will demonstrate professional bike mechanics techniques, then there is plenty of time for them to practice and hone their skills. The course is mainly practical but there is some written work needed to achieve the qualification.   All sessions are supported by City of Bristol’s Learning Support Team, who help with reading and writing if required.

We really need more support in the workshop from skilled volunteer bike mechanics.  All of the young people are at different stages in their skills development: Some need help repeating simple tasks, others need help and support with more advanced skills.  You would be working one-to-one with students. This is what our current volunteer says:

“It’s very rewarding to see the learners become more comfortable in the workshop environment and more confident with their use of tools and mechanic skills.”

 

About you

Ideally, we are looking for people with the following skills and experience.
 
Essential 

•    Confident bike mechanic.
•    Enjoy supporting young people.
•    Caring and understanding of young people who struggle in mainstream education.
•    Patient, tolerant and un-flappable.
•    Enjoy working as part of a team.
•    Willing to take an enhanced DBS check.

Desirable

•    City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics (or equivalent).
•    Able to volunteer until 17 June 2022. If you have less time available, do still get in touch to discuss options.

You can download the full volunteer job pack here.

 

How to apply

1. Get in touch with Tamar by phone or email for an informal chat

2. Come in and see us:

  • See one of the teaching sessions in action.
  • Do a mechanic’s assessment with one of the team.

3. Do the paperwork:

  • Fill in our Volunteer Application Form.
  • Complete an Enhanced DBS check (costs covered by us).

4. Join the sessions

  • Do online Safeguarding and prevent training

 

 

 

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