If you’ve ever thought about being a cycle instructor, now is the time to apply. It is one of the few jobs where demand is growing and now applying for a bursary is simpler than ever before.
The re-launched Bikeability Bursary Scheme is easily accessible and the £300 bursary accounts for half the cost of the training. Simpler than ever before, the revamped scheme means that trainees can apply online and no longer need to handle and reclaim any of the bursary payments themselves; instead everything is managed by the training providers.
At a time when many people might be considering a new career or supplementing their existing income, it’s important to remember the many benefits that being a cycle instructor offers:
Paul Robison, Cycling England Bikeability Manager, said: “There has been a groundswell of demand for Bikeability throughout 2008 and, as a result, two-thirds of all authorities are now delivering some Bikeability training. Instructors have a key role to play in delivering our vision: for half a million children across England to take part in Bikeability by 2012.
“We would encourage anyone thinking of becoming a cycle instructor to apply for this substantial contribution towards the training. Bikeability is at the heart of our mission at Cycling England to give children the skills and confidence they need to ride safely on today’s roads.”
How to apply
Applicants can now apply online at www.bikeability.org.uk/professionals/instructor_bursaries.php
Here the simple online form will ask for basic contact details and an outline of the sort of training that the prospective instructor hopes to deliver when qualified. Once this information is verified, applicants will be sent a unique reference number which they can use to book their training at any of the training providers in England.
A key component of this revised scheme is that trainees no longer need to handle and reclaim any of the bursary payments themselves. Instead, training providers will make claims to Cycling England, providing a list of names and reference numbers for all those trained that month.
Bikeability is Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century. This cycle training scheme is designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence they need to ride on today’s roads. For more information about Bikeability please visit www.bikeability.org.uk.