Apprentice Bicycle Mechanic Re-Cycle (Bikes to Africa)

Would you like to support the local community to have access to quality second-hand bicycles whilst at the same time enabling the charity to send bicycles to Africa to help transform lives through bicycle reuse? If the answer is yes, then apply to become our Apprentice Bicycle Mechanic at Re-Cycle.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Full time (36.25 hours per week). Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Lunch break at 1.00pm for 45 minutes (unpaid)

    Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    25 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To learn and process and assist in the preparation of refurbishing second-hand bicycles
  • To assist in identifying issues with donated bikes and refurbish appropriately under instruction
  • To assist the workshop manager in daily tasks
  • To assist the volunteers in the workshop
  • To complete all necessary paperwork required to refurbish a second-hand bicycle
  • To carry our regular stock takes for the Workshop Manager
  • To ensure the spare parts storage area is tidy and organised
  • To ensure tool boards are kept tidy along with the whole warehouse working area
  • To support the Warehouse Manager with unloading deliveries of bicycles
  • To support the Warehouse Manager with loading container of bicycles for African Partners
  • To support the Warehouse team with prepping bicycles for Africa
  • To assist with bicycle sales
  • To support the Dr Bike service we provide to the University of Essex during term time
  • To comply with all Health and Safety Procedures

The training you will be getting

  • The apprenticeship standard is set at Intermediate Level 2
  • The apprentice will be working towards Cytech Level 3 qualification
  • Qualifications includes: Cytech Technical Level 2 and Level 3

The apprentice will gain industry recognised qualifications whilst completing their apprenticeship. They will need to attend the following Cytech courses during two periods of block release training:

  • Cytech Technical Two (during months 5 to 7) based off site
  • Cytech Technical Three (during months 14 to 16) based off site

Apprentices must achieve at least FS Level 1 in English and maths to complete this apprenticeship and work towards a Level 2 qualification (unless exempt with recognised prior learning and/or GCSE passes [grade 4/C or above]).

This will be an 18-month apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Once the individual has successfully completed their apprenticeship with Re-Cycle, they will have the opportunity to progress into a permanent position in the team.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4 and above) Essential

About the employer

Re-Cycle is a registered bicycle charity based in the UK. We receive used bicycles in the UK and donates them to trusted partners in Africa. A majority of the bicycles we receive are prepared for shipment to Africa by our warehouse team however some of the bicycles we receive are unsuitable to send due to the rough terrain in Africa. If they are still in good working order with some residual value they will be put through our workshop to be repaired and serviced by our qualified Cytech mechanics. The bikes are then sold on to the local community in the UK. The funds raised from the bike sales goes into our core funding, which enables to charity to send more bikes to Africa.


Re-Cycle (Bikes to Africa)







Charlotte Ward

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Bicycle mechanic

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply, please visit our website and send your CV and supporting statement via email to the address provided.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: today