We’ve just got this press release in which contains good news for cycling in and around London. After the congestion charge started driving greater cycle use in the capital along with the recent introduction of Boris Bikes, a new scheme means that young people who’d like to get proper qualifications to work in bike workshops can now get government funding to do just that. If you own or run a bike shop then it also means you could get your staff fully qualified without having to bear all the cost.It can only be a good thing for quality service and standards in bike workshops but it’d be rather nice if this got expanded across the country rather than just London. Anyway, details below…
“Powering the UK’s cycling revolution onwards and upwards, Cycle Systems Academy are launching an exciting new initiative in the Capital.
The Academy, opened by Mayor Boris Johnson in 2009, has had unprecedented success in training new mechanics in their City and Guilds accredited course since its inception – welcoming students from all over the globe as well as playing their part locally – most notably training the senior and head mechanical team of the hugely successful London Cycle Hire Scheme before it went live this summer.
“We are incredibly excited by this new partnership with the National Apprentice Service to offer an NVQ” says Sean Lally, Director and Founder of Cycle Systems. “People have been asking us for some time whether they can get access to Government funding to train their employees in our qualification. The answer is that now they can.”
Based in London, and sponsored by a huge amount of trade organisations including Specialized, Trek, LCC, Pedro’s and Weldtite tools and Brompton, Cycle Systems are adamant that they have the industry support they need and the explosion in the interest of cycling in the UK to make their project a great success.
“Come along and find out how we can help you” says Sean. “If you are a young person looking for a route into a growing trade with great career prospects, or an organisation looking at how you can receive huge financial benefits and free training in tough economic times, then we are waiting to hear from you.”
Cycle Systems are opening its doors on Thursday 21st October from 7pm. There will be copious amounts of food and drink on offer. Plus the chance to meet Cycle Systems team and the National Apprentice Service and find out about how it all works and how you can get involved. Let Sean know if you would like to attend.”