LifeCyle is an eight-week bicycle maintenance training programme for young people in Cornwall. The programme will be delivered by Phil Bristow of Bike Work who is based in Falmouth, Cornwall. The programme will largely be practical and hands-on. There will however be a theory element whereby successful participants will come away with an industry recognised qualification (Cytech level one).

We feel it is not only important to offer an opportunity for participants to achieve a measurable qualification but also to get hands-on experience, learn workshop procedures and also learn some soft skills.  Each participant will be allocated a work stand and a basic tool kit for the duration of the programme. It is expected that they will look after these, as they would in a working workshop. The participants will also have access to more advanced tools, workshop aprons, PPE and cleaning products.

The main focus of the programme will be hands on practical bicycle maintenance with a theory element running alongside.  The expectation is that participants will complete the theory element in their own time. However, a portion of the weekly session can be allocated to theory work with support from Phil.

For those participants that are interested in working in the cycle industry, this course – together with a Cytech qualification – will be the kick-start needed. Bike Works has also got links with other local bicycle shops and workshops and could offer references to successful participants.

Below is a video explaining why young people should sign up to the LifeCycle programme, published on social media (details of which can be found at the end of the video).