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.
YOUTH MECHANICS-IN-TRAINING 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.
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.
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.
Vermont Department of Labor
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