Change Cycle

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Key information

Age range: 16-24

Location: Primarily Edinburgh, Glasgow and surrounding 'travel to work' areas

Who it's for: Young people who have experienced challenging life circumstances and recently completed a Venture Trust programme or equivalent.

How to apply

The Change Cycle programme supports participants to build aspiration, motivation and self-confidence while developing key employability skills.

The programme is for young people aged 16-24 who are not in work, education or training, facing long term unemployment and disadvantage or potentially at risk of (re-)offending or anti-social behaviour.

Following outreach preparation and assessment, a 3-week course consisting of:

  • Bike construction and maintenance- including daily workshop sessions delivered by our partners and working towards either the Velotech Bronze Award or City and Guilds certification
  • Employability sessions working towards an Employability Award SCQF Level 4 and iHASCO modules in manual handling and fire safety
  • On road cycle training and assessment
  • A 5xday residential (including work related activity, first aid certification and mountain biking)
  • One-to-one support, mentoring and coaching from skilled employability specialists
  • Development of a clear work focussed action plan

Following the course, support will be provided from Venture Trust's Employability Team which is guided by the participants' individual goals and personal action plans.

The programme can be a progression route for participants from other Venture Trust programmes but places are also available to external clients who meet the criteria and are assessed as ready for the programme by our Employability Team.

The Change Cycle programme will aim to work with 256 young people over three years, supporting their progression onto education, training, volunteering, work experience or employment, increasing the stability of their lives and ensuring they break a potential long-term cycle of disadvantage. We aim to:

  • build their capacity and confidence to share ideas, represent views, give/receive feedback, ask for help, and to accept the opinion of others.
  • develop their ability to set clear goals, deal with challenge, manage time, and take personal responsibility
  • increase their aspirations and have the tools to move towards employment, education or training.

Funding partners

  • Cashback for Communities

    The Scottish Government's Cashback for Communities has funded our Change Cycle programme for three years to March 2020 supporting disadvantaged young people (aged 16-24) to build confidence, motivation, skills and behaviours enabling them to achieve positive destinations.

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  • Cycling Scotland

    Working with others, Cycling Scotland helps create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely. We are delighted to receive support from their Cycling Friendly Communities Development Fund this year for our Change Cycle programme.

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Memberships & awards

  • Living Wage

    The Living Wage Foundation celebrates and recognises the leadership of responsible employers who choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum. Venture Trust is an accredited Living Wage Employer.

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Delivery partners

  • Bike for Good

    Bike for Good (formerly the Bike Station) is a registered charity and social enterprise which promotes cycling across the region. Bike for Good in Glasgow is delivering vocational training and cycle training components of our Cashback Change Cycle programme.

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  • The Bike Station

    The Bike Station is a registered charity and social enterprise which promotes cycling across the region. The Bike Station in Edinburgh is delivering vocational training and cycle training components of our Cashback Change Cycle programme.

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If you have a question about Change Cycle or want to find out more about being referred to the programme please contact the Employability team at or call 0131 228 7700.

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