The new Apprenticeship Standard was developed by members of the cycling industry including representatives from retail shops, bike hire companies, suppliers, manufacturers and members of the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT), aided by representatives from training providers including ACA’s Suzanne Read.
Jason Brierley was the first trainee to enrol in the new Apprenticeship and will be followed by many others who are currently undertaking the enrolment process. This comes after the Government’s funding announcement to further support employers taking on new apprentices. In summary, businesses will be given £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25, which is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment for new apprentices between the ages of 16-18 and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
“It was great to finally see all the effort we have been putting in on course development finally come to fruition, and an honour to sign up the first person in the UK to the new standard apprenticeship in Bicycle Mechanics. Jason had a thorough induction and introduction to all systems and our new online based course that provides a much deeper level of information across the Cycle Mechanic job role than the older Engineering NVQ based Apprenticeships ever did.”, said Read.
Richard Lawrence, Chairman of Cycle-R commented, “We are delighted to have the first of the new Bicycle Mechanics Apprenticeships. Having chaired the trailblazer group, we know the benefits the new Apprenticeship will bring to the cycle industry”.