Local social enterprise ReZolve are offering local teenagers the unique opportunity to kick start a career in the bike industry through free training and work experience.
Working closely with Cornwall College, ReZolve’s Bike Hub enables eligible 16 – 19 year olds to undertake a City and Guilds qualification in bike maintenance which would normally cost over £1,000. In addition the recruits will gain the practical skills needed to get employment in an industry that services the country’s second fastest growing sport.
As well as time in the workshop, Bike Hub recruits will get the opportunity to go out on bike rides, learn cycling and riding skills and find out about the nutrition and health aspects of the sport. There will also be opportunity to gain experience in related jobs such as retail, warehousing, administration and marketing.
Cornish bike enthusiast Shane Arthur who manages the Bike Hub said:
“This is an amazing opportunity which is unavailable anywhere else in the county.”
Shane is particularly keen to hear from young people in the local area between the ages of 16 and 19 who are currently not in education or employment. He explained:
“This is an opportunity for all those young adults who aren’t sure what to do next. If you have left school, didn’t fancy college or haven’t been able to find a job, this is a real opportunity for you to gain skills and build towards getting a job in an industry that is really varied and fun to work in.”
The Bike Hub is based at ReZolve’s warehouse facility RE:STORE on Walker Lines Industrial Estate, in a dedicated rooftop workshop which doubles as a classroom and chill out area. As part of their placement the recruits at the Hub will be reconditioning bikes that have been thrown away in order to provide low cost bikes to the local community enabling the project to have a positive environmental and social effect in the town.
All bikes processed by the Bike Hub are available to buy from RE:SOURCE in Bodmin Business Park http://www.myresource.org.uk/
· ReZolve is a dynamic social enterprise managing projects with both environmental and social aims http://www.rezolve.org.uk
· ReZolve’s current projects include:
A furniture and appliance reuse centre that reuses unwanted items whilst simultaneously providing local people with opportunities to gain new skills and experience through
volunteering and training programmes. Sales of affordable furniture and appliances contribute to the local economy and the longer term sustainability of the project.
Through our experience gained in running the Cornish Real Nappy Project, ReZolve now run the national awareness campaign, a project supported by national membership with the aim of ending the disposables dominance through providing support to parents, retailers, manufacturers, health and childcare professionals.
Working with Environment Kernow, Community Energy Plus and the Cornwall Learning Partnership, ReZolve coordinates an LSC funded project to address skill shortages in the Environmental Technology sector whilst providing an online network, resources and support service.
ReZolve Skills is a unique training provider delivering services to hard to reach groups, communities and businesses.. Through the RE:SOURCE centre and other ReZolve projects, ReZolve Skills provides work based training and volunteering opportunities to help individuals back into work. Bespoke courses are also being developed through our Open College Network status which will allow clients to gain nationally recognised qualifications.