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Our employability programmes are specifically designed for young people in Scotland aged 16-24 who are not in work, education or training, facing long term unemployment and/or disadvantage. Our innovative support closes the gaps in employment and training between young people from disadvantage backgrounds and their better-off peers.

Change Cycle - a Skills Development Scotland Employability Fund service

Supports participants to build aspiration, motivation and self-confidence while developing key employability skills.

The 8-week employability service 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.

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Who is Change Cycle for?

The service is specifically designed for young people aged 16-24 who are not in work, education or training, facing long term unemployment and/or disadvantage.

With restrictions easing more since our last programmes, Employability elements will be delivered across both classroom and digital methods and the bike building and mechanical elements will be delivered in the workshop by our partners Bike for Good in Glasgow and The Bike Station in Edinburgh. Though we are anticipating a mostly hands-on and face-to-face programme, there will still be some digital elements and this may increase if restrictions and guidance recommends so.

What is Change Cycle?

Change Cycle is a free employability service.

  • It is an 8-week Employability Fund programme with the first four weeks delivered in a workshop and training environment and the last 4 weeks delivered in a work-placement environment. If work placements are unavailable then external partners will deliver an assortment of talks and sessions; sector-specific career talks, motivational talks, career Q&As, the recruitment process etc. The programme is delivered in partnership with Bike for Good in Glasgow and The Bike Station in Edinburgh.
  • During the course each participant will: learn about building their own bike and bike maintenance, as well as being taught cycle and road safety. The participants of the course will be given the tools to strengthen personal and employability skills, receive certified SQA and Bike Mechanic training and combine all of this learning and experience into a “fit for purpose” CV. All participants will create a personal learning and career development plan before completing a 4-week work placement -restrictions permitting.
  • Participants will get to keep their bike and receive cycling kit to help them ride safely to job interviews, access services and travel to work or college.
  • 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 service 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.
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.

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How to refer

Get in touch with our employability team to make a referral.

changecycleinfo@venturetrust.org.uk

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