Community Bike Mechanic Apprentice

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Community Hire Bicycle Mechanic Apprenticeship The Family Bike Club

** Applications Reviewed Live. ** Apprentice & Co-Collaborator- Bicycle Mechanic role. We are looking for someone to assist on; and play a pivotal role in the day-to-day running of a new & unique cycling social enterprise that has a total focus on delivering innovative cycling solutions to the community. Duties will include building, repairing and servicing all kinds of bicycles. We are a not-for-profit, with a greater goal in mind at all times.

We are keen for the apprentice to play a major role in the future of the project and would hope the successful applicant’s role can grow as the entity grows in its own right. We are keen to offer out responsibility and influence in operational decisions from an early stage.

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Closing date 28 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

Annual wage- NLW

It is our firm hope that the apprenticeship will form a key part of the entity moving forwards, for the long term, upon realising growth in services demands. We hope that this will provide with opportunities to help in other parts of the business.

Working week

Monday to Saturday 8am – 4pm on a 5-day working rota/lunch break – 45-minutes. Total hours per week: 35.00.

Total hours per week: 35

Expected duration

18 months

Possible start date

01 March 2023

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate
Level 2 (GCSE)

Reference number

VAC1000119073

Positions

2 positions available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The bicycle mechanic’s role is fundamental to our daily operation and will be critical to our long-term success. You will be essential to ensuring customers get the best experience and feel part of their community hub.

The role will work both autonomously as well as alongside other volunteers as a new social enterprise. The candidate will have the opportunity to expand the brief as the project expands its own offering.

We need someone who is passionate about delivering a new cycling community-interest company, for the good of the wider local community and its residents.

Ultimately, we want to establish a network of club service centres embedded in local communities to serve as many ordinary residents of London’s suburbs as possible. This is the sincere ambition.

Basic & more advanced mechanic duties will be ordinarily required to include (in order of likely magnitude):

  • Service and repair community asset bikes
  • Build and check new bikes ready for inclusion in community fleet
  • Build and check new bikes ready for customers
  • Refurbish traded-in bikes for inclusion in fleet
  • Service and repair customers’ bikes
  • Maintain a clean, safe and tidy workshop
  • Liaise with partners as required before, during and after servicing
  • Create and maintain written records of work undertaken and carried out to ensure safety audit trail of community fleet

Personal qualities:

  • A good command of spoken and written English, with the ability and personality to advise our wide variety of customers
  • Overall, the desire to be part of a long-term project that makes a difference to a community and to take greater responsibility as we grow
  • Good team player who is looking forward to working with team members and sharing successes and failures together as one
  • A passion for fixing things and start ups

Pass in GCSE English & maths preferred but not obligatory.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Bicycle Mechanic Level 2 (GCSE equivalent).

Further details on exact components of Level 2 can be found below:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/bicycle-mechanic-v1-0

Apprenticeship training lasting 18 months to be delivered by Activate:

  • Bicycle Mechanic (level 2)
  • Building, repairing and servicing all kinds of bicycles
  • Qualification level 2 equivalent to GCSE
  • Typical duration 18-months
  • Apprenticeship category – Engineering and manufacturing

English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The mechanic role will be integral to the long-term success of the project.

We hope that growth in our services will provide with opportunities to help in other parts of the business additionally.

If we are able to expand our provision to additional hubs (as is the ambition), the scope for working alongside and managing the overall provision would be something we would be very keen to give responsibility particularly to founding members for.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Customer care skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Creative
  • Initiative
  • Patience

Qualifications

  • GCSE or equivalent English & Maths (Grade 5) desirable

Things to consider

Some ride-testing and wider cycling of bikes (to recover/ deliver hire units) will likely be necessary. Arrangement of bikes within the hub (ground level arrangement only) will be required. Some limited loading of bikes onto (bike-based!) trailers might also be required.

About the employer

We are a unique cycling social enterprise that has a total focus on delivering innovative solutions to those demographics in the community without the ability to afford their own means of active travel. We intend to fully enable their participation and enjoyment of cycling, on their terms. We are a not-for-profit, with a greater goal in mind at all times. We focus on inspiring wider cycling usage, from those who perhaps traditionally wouldn’t ordinarily consider themselves cyclists, through novel solutions, predominantly via community hire. We are the opposite end of performance cycling (although we respect this element too!) Based in north London we will use cycling as a tool to tackle social and environmental challenges across London suburbs and the surrounding areas. We will leave no one behind in our push for greater cycling accessibility to address the inequalities being experienced by those most likely to be left behind, with a focus on wellbeing outcomes for all. We also have environmental objectives woven into the core fabric of all our activity.

Employer

The Family Bike Club

www.thefamilybikeclub.com

About disability confident

Address

  • The Old Bookstall
  • Enfield Chase Railway Station
  • Windmill Hill
  • Enfield
  • EN2 7AA

Contact

Luke Balnave

lukebalnave@hotmail.com

07814634382

Training

Training provider

ACTIVATE LEARNING

Apprenticeship standard

Bicycle mechanic
Level 2 (GCSE)

Application process

Candidates will apply through the Find an apprenticeship service (opens in a new tab)

To apply for this job email your details to lukebalnave@hotmail.com.

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