Workforce Development

Knowing how to work on bicycles is a useful skill.

Perhaps more valuable to the general job-seeker are verbal and written communication, timeliness, problem-solving, integrative thinking, and computer skills.

We have engaged in formal and informal workforce development at our Community Workshop space for over 10 years.

 


 

MOBILE REPAIR UNIT PROGRAM

In spring 2017 Old Spokes Home is partnering with Spectrum Youth & Family Services - Multicultural Youth Program to train six teens in bicycle mechanics and shop operations. The teens will go on to have a paid work experience with our Mobile Repair Unit throughout the summer.

This program was made possible with support from Northfield Savings Bank, Ben & Jerry's Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, and Local Motion.

CREATE A COMMUTER WORKSHOPS

The goal of our Create A Commuter workshops is to provide the tools, knowledge, and confidence necessary to get people riding their bikes to work. Workshop participants receive bikes outfitted with commuting accessories as well as instruction in bicycle maintenance, theft prevention, flat fixing, route planning, bicycle laws, and on-road riding and safety.

 

WORK EXPERIENCES

Hundreds of youth and adults have volunteered at our Community Workshop as Front End volunteers, Volunteer Mechanics, and Shop Helpers in order to develop the retail, mechanical, and/or social skills they need to become more employable. We think of a Work Experience as a value-added volunteer experience; staff provides extra training, attention, and feedback to ensure that  individuals get the support they need to meet their goals.

 

WORK-BASED MECHANICS TRAINING PROGRAM

In 2015 and 2016 we partnered with ReSOURCE - YouthBuild to train young adults in bicycle mechanics and shop operations with the goal of providing mechanical and transferable job skills that lend themselves to finding work in local bike shops as well as in construction, manufacturing, and the trades.

 

 


Partner Organizations

ReSOURCE - YouthBuild

Spectrum Youth & Family Services - Multicultural Youth Program

Vermont Association of Business, Industry, and Rehabilitation (VABIR)

Vermont Department of Labor

Vermont Works for Women

VocRehab Vermont / Creative Workforce Solutions

 


Funding Partners

This could be you! Sponsor Old Spokes Home's workforce development programs and services by contacting Laura.

 


Contact

Email Laura to inquire about current workforce development offerings.

 

OLD SPOKES HOME

 

322 North Winooski Ave.
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Tel:
(802) 863-4475

HOURS
Monday: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

(formerly known as Bike Recycle Vermont)

664 Riverside Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401

Tel: (802) 264-9687

EVERYBODY BIKES PROGRAM HOURS
Tuesday: 1pm - 8pm
Wednesday: 1pm - 5pm
Friday: 1pm - 5pm

Hours for volunteering, classes, and youth programs vary. Check out their respective pages to learn more.

CREATING ACCESS TO BIKES AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY PROVIDE FOR OUR WHOLE COMMUNITY.


 

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