Bike Station Academy
The Bike Station Academy has been running since April 2015 and is a project focused on delivering training to young people between the ages of 15-21. In the first phase of the project, training was delivered in a community setting to young people in six distinct areas across Glasgow with a view to enabling them to set-up cycling hubs for their communities. The groups were based in Maryhill, Townhead, Shettleston, Castlemilk, Easterhouse and Wallacewell, all areas which have been identified within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD 2012) as areas which suffer from significant levels of deprivation.
Through generous support from both the Royal Bank of Scotland and the MacRobert Trust, we are delighted to say that the project is now set to continue for a further year. Based on learning from the initial stage of the project however, the focus has shifted slightly with the training course now running as a school-based program. Aimed specifically at learners who are disengaged from the mainstream curriculum and likely to leave with few qualifications, we give them the opportunity to gain a City and Guilds qualification in Cycle Mechanics, a qualification in Cycle Ride Leading and the chance to participate in led rides. By involving the young people in an alternative learning experience, perhaps more suited to their strengths and interests, we aim to develop their soft skills such as team work, leadership and communication while also increasing their confidence and employability.
Within each school, we aim to assist the trainees in setting up a school bike hub which can cater for both pupils and teachers while additionally promoting cycling in the wider community.
To date we have engaged over 93 young people in our training program, 60 of whom have gone on to gain qualifications through the project. We have received hugely positive feedback from teachers, youth workers and young people alike – with noted improvements including increased health, confidence and motivation in the young participants.
The Bike Station Academy Yearbook
Interested in finding out more about this year's participants and their achievements? Look no further than our Bike Station Academy Yearbook.