The Bikeability Trust has launched a £500 bursary to support people to train as a cycle instructor.
With a recent survey by Microsoft - the 2021 Work Trend Index - revealing that 46% of the workforce are planning to make a major pivot or career transition in the next 12 months, the Bikeability Trust hopes to attract up to 1,000 people across England to become a new Bikeability cycle instructor.
The cycling instructor bursary is funded by the Department of Transport. More instructors are needed in order to meet Boris Johnson's goal to offer "cycling training for everyone who wants it," as outlined in Gear Change.
All Bikeability cycling instructors must hold a Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training, designed to ensure children are provided with the skills to cycle confidently and competently on today's roads. A £500 bursary towards the cost of qualification is now available for individuals across the country who wish to become a cycle instructor.
"The role of a Bikeability cycle instructor offers a unique opportunity for a transition into a new, rewarding career," say the Trust.
"Bikeability instructors enjoy flexible working, time outdoors and the chance to inspire the next generation to get on their bikes. All that is required prior to qualification is a positive attitude, passion for working with children - and ability to ride a bike!"
Emily Cherry, Executive Director of the Bikeability Trust, says: "Working as a Bikeability instructor has many benefits and it is a job which can really make a difference to children's lives. With more people re-evaluating their careers due to the impact of Covid-19, accompanied by the launch of our bursary, we look forward to welcoming a more diverse range of candidates into the industry."
Nathan Wood, a 20-year-old from Lancashire, works at Go Velo as a Bikeability instructor.
He says, "I initially studied construction, but I didn't enjoy it because I am more of an active person. When I found out about the opportunity to become a cycling instructor, it sounded perfect for my interests. I enjoy seeing the children progress, get skills for life and have lots of fun on their bikes. I love working with our team of instructors and I am excited for my future career in cycle training."
If you're interested in applying for the bursary, you can find out more and register your interest on the Bikeability website: www.bikeability.org.uk/support/become-an-instructor.