This year, the team has been supporting people to gain new skills and move into employment from all backgrounds, despite the challenges Covid-19 has provided over the past year.
For Bikeworks we’re delighted this has included supporting 7 young people through the governments Kickstart programme, who have joined our team, bringing fresh perspectives and new ways of working, taking on roles for Cycle Repairs and Maintenance, Inclusive Cycle Assistants and Social Media & Comms.
Our Employability Level 1 programme has successfully supported three cohorts to up-skill. Earlier in the year, Caroline Hinz joined as our Tutor, her commitment and energy in supporting inclusive learning is best demonstrated when she jumped on a bicycle made for two, to pick up a leaner who had been let down by dial-a-ride. We salute you!
2021 has laid the groundwork for a bigger and better programme next year, with the extension of the Kickstart scheme, continuation of the L1 Employability, and a newly designed ‘green skills’ pathway for unemployed people, providing pathways into the new and emerging sector of green travel and transportation.