We are currently not accepting new referrals for Change Cycle as of Spring 2023. Please check back here or subscribe to our newsletter to hear when our referrals re-open.

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

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

This 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.

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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, The Bike Station in Edinburgh and West Lothian Bike Library. Though we are anticipating a mostly hands-on and face-to-face programme, there will still be some digital elements if required or appropriate.

What is Change Cycle?

Change Cycle is a free employability service.

  • A hands-on employability programme delivered through classroom and workshop environments. Later weeks of the programme will also involved workplace tours, tasters and motivational talks from a range of partners and local employers. The programme is delivered in partnership with Bike for Good in GlasgowThe Bike Station in Edinburgh and The West Lothian Bike Library in Livingston.
  • 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.
  • Participants will get to keep their bike and receive a 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

Dates: 13th -31st March 2023

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

How to refer

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


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