Bike Mechanic Tutor (Bristol)
5 days per week (Term Time Only)
£21,115 - £25,235 pro rata
Fixed Term contract to 31st July 2021
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced mechanic with excellent teaching skills and the ability to work with and inspire a wide variety of people. Working at our non-secure workshop in the prison car park during Term Times, your week will be spent working with 2 different learner groups. You will:
Teach bike mechanics to young people aged 16 – 24 from a range of backgrounds including: learners with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs; learners with an education, health and care plan (EHCP). We work in partnership with City of Bristol College - you will be joined by their staff for these sessions.
This will involve a mixture of accredited City & Guilds training in cycle mechanics with opportunities to put skills to practical use for the benefit of the local community. Most importantly, you will be tasked with involving the young people to develop an exciting, innovative curriculum that engages them and keeps them coming back for more.
This really is a unique opportunity to make a real difference. You will be supporting young people who are disengaged from mainstream education to learn useful skills, contribute positively to the community and move towards gainful employment in the bike industry and elsewhere.
Teach bike mechanics to the public on accredited courses. Learners can and will be from diverse backgrounds: paying members of the public, ex-offenders funded by bursaries and/or volunteers at other bike projects or community organisations. Working in small groups, you will help them build skills in a formal setting and gain recognised qualifications up to City & Guilds Level 2 standard. Some may stay involved with Life Cycle afterwards as volunteers:
“As a retired person, volunteering for Life Cycle has given me the opportunity to practice my skills. I joined Life Cycle after qualifying at City & Guilds Level 2. It’s been a great chance for me to work alongside other like-minded people and to give something back to the project who more or less taught me what I know.” Martin, volunteer mechanic
“I know so much more about bikes and I’m so much more confident in myself. I can focus better and feel great I stuck to it and achieved my goal. I now want to work in the bike industry or volunteer for a bike project. It would be a great achievement [for me]” – Emmet, prisoner
Life Cycle UK’s prison-based cycle mechanics training and refurbishment project has won multiple awards, including the Prison Reform Trust’s Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation. We have been working with prisoners and at-risk learners for 10 years and you will join a friendly, supportive team.
For all learner groups, you will:
A) Motivate, train and supervise learners:
Induct learners to the workshop and train them in aspects such as health and safety, Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage.
Assess and evaluate individual skills and track progress through individual learning plans.
Tailor learning and training requirements to individual needs.
Support learners to achieve certificates and qualifications.
Teach bicycle mechanics to facilitate the repair and restoration of donated bicycles.
Be creative, innovative and responsive to learners needs and interests to inspire & engage
Supervise and maintain discipline of learners within the workshop.
B) Help oversee the workshop:
Source materials needed to make sessions interesting and innovative
Identify materials, parts and spares required to re-stock the workshop and to make sure the project runs efficiently and meets its outcomes
Keep registers and update learner records, as required
Track and ensure all tools are accounted for and stored securely at end of each session.
Contribute to Health and Safety risk assessments and keep the workshop clean and tidy.
C) Track & report outcomes
Complete City & Guilds administration and paperwork, as required.
Contribute to Life Cycle’s monthly project reports.
Collect good news stories and case studies as required.
Contribute to the development of the overall project
Attend meetings for supervision with Life Cycle’s Project Manager.
Attend occasional “all staff” meetings of the charity.
Please note: This job description is for guidance only. You will be expected to undertake activities as required in order to develop Life Cycle and ensure the ongoing sustainability and efficacy of the organisation.
Experience working with disengaged young people, offenders, those with Special Educational Needs or similar challenging client groups.
Excellent mechanical skills (equivalent to Cytech or City & Guilds Level 2 bicycle industry standard).
Good at motivating others, building rapport, showing care and understanding of people from all walks of life.
Experience of sharing bike maintenance skills with others
Punctuality, reliability and professionalism.
Dynamic, self-motivated and confident working independently.
Good knowledge of health and safety systems and managing a safe environment.
Enthusiasm for Life Cycle’s project and mission.
Listening and communication skills.
Strategy to manage stress well.
Experience of working in the bike industry.
City & Guilds Level 2 in Cycle Mechanics or similar qualification.
Youth Work qualification
Experience of delivering recognised qualifications.
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