Local organisation delivers City and Guilds training for bike mechanics

May 05 2016

Local organisation delivers City and Guilds training for bike mechanics

THIS month saw the launch of the latest initiative from the Life Cycle team. Mechanics, who have been delivering training and qualifications to prisoners in their workshop inside Horfield prison, have now extended their programme to offer it to members of the public.

Anyone interested in becoming a professional bike mechanic will benefit from this industry recognised City and Guilds qualification. These courses are aimed at those working in, or who wish to work in, the bike industry and want an industry recognised qualification in bike mechanics as part of their professional development.

Six students attended the external workshop at Horfield prison this week to receive their first round of training towards the City and Guilds Level 2 bike mechanic qualification. Wendy Zakiewicz, who attended the course said: “It is a very friendly and supportive atmosphere here and I am excited to be learning new skills which will open up new opportunities for me.”

The course runs over ten weeks during which, there will be plenty of practical handson experience and assessment. Life Cycle are now accepting bookings for the next course which is scheduled to start at the beginning of June.

The intensive ten day courses cost £1,000 (including VAT) which covers all teaching materials, tools, equipment and expert instruction in small groups at the purpose built training workshop to City & Guilds Level 2 standard.

For local people interested in learning bike mechanics but who do not wish to book onto the ten day courses, there is a regular ‘volunteers day’ on Thursdays where people can improve their maintenance skills through tuition from a volunteer coordinator as they help with the day-to-day working of the bike recycling project.

Anyone interested in booking onto a 10 day City & guilds course can find more information at www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/ cityguilds . For volunteering, contact Rich Edwards on bikebackvols@lifecycleuk.org.uk