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.

 


JUNIOR MECHANICS

We were super excited to welcome Devin and Ahmed to the team of summer hires in 2018. Our first junior mechanics excelled as mechanics-in-training and met the minimum skills required to undertake minor repairs at the shop and as part of our mobile repair unit and Greenride bikeshare maintenance teams. These two spent the summer at jobs that they loved and developed valuable problem solving and communication skills without even realizing it! Watch a great video of them here!

 

WORK-BASED MECHANICS TRAINING PROGRAM 

Since 2015 we have been traning youth in bicycle mechanics and customer service at our Community Workshop and at our retail shop.  These young people develop valuable problem-solving and communication skills that have led to seasonal and year round jobs in local bike shops and prepared them for long-term employment in advance manufacturing and the trades.

 

YOUTH MECHANICS-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM

In 2017 and 2018 Old Spokes Home partnered with Spectrum Youth & Family Services - Multicultural Youth Program and trained 5 teens each summer in bicycle mechanics and shop operations. The youth earned a stipend for working in the shop and with our Mobile Repair Unit throughout the summer.

This program was launched with support from Northfield Savings Bank, Ben & Jerry's Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, and Local Motion and continued with sponsorship from Vermont State Employees Credit Union and National Life Group Foundation.  

 

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.

 

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.

 


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 - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday:
CLOSED

 

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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