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Help requested posted on 13th February 2012:

Bikeability

Can anyone tell us if their is a legal minimum age for Bikeabilty cycle instructors? We have some 17 year olds that would like to be trained to deliver Bikeability and want to know that this is possible/legal.

Julie Brown/Anton Kolodynski
01604 364406 or 364464

John Spencer
Northamptonshire County Council

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Response posted on 14th February 2012 by:
Alan Hale
South Gloucestershire Council
E: alan.hale@southglos.gov.uk
T: 0117 9837923

Young Bikeability Instructors

Whether there is a minimum age written down somewhere, I do not know. However as an authority that considers itself in the vanguard of Bikeability Cycle Training we have in the past used two young men both 17 and whilst one was not that good, not the age but the nature of the person, the other was excellent and had a wonderful rapport with the children. He also had bilateral hearing aids so had had other challenges in his young life but when he left to go to uni' he was a very sad loss to us.
Whilst I am here, if anyone is considering having an on line booking system for their Bikeability scheme we are happy to discuss and advise as we have had a system now for some four years and would not wish to be without it.


Response posted on 14th February 2012 by:
Matt Staton
Cambridgeshire County Council
E: matt.staton@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
T: 01223 699652

ITO Group discussion

This was discussed at the last ITO Group meeting - below are the minutes for that discussion:

3. 16-17 year olds undertaking NSAI courses (Colin Savage)
Colin raised the question of whether having 16 year olds is too young for NSIAs? The group decided that it had worked well in other areas and those that pass the course are usually very good and keen instructors. The point was made that other outdoor activities have young assistants therefore cycling should have too. All ITOs stated that NSIAs would always be accompanied by an experienced instructor. ACTION: Philippa Robb agreed to share information about their programme integrating young NSAIs into their cycle training scheme.

Might be worth talking to Philippa - contact details are on their website http://www.advancecycletraining.co.uk/


Response posted on 14th February 2012 by:
Tracy Graham
Nottinghamshire County Council
E: tracy.graham@nottscc.gov.uk
T: 0115 9774373

Bikeability Recruitment Age Limit

Good question; I have not been faced with this question. Our School Crossing Patrol Service has a minimum age of 18. However, you may have to ask your legal team on this one, or Steer Davis Gleve/Bikeability.


Response posted on 14th February 2012 by:
Mark Gregory
Atkins
E: mark.gregory@atkinsglobal.com
T: 01245 245143

Bikeability

I am not involved in Bikeability but know someone who is. She reliablely informs me that
"...at the moment National Standard Instructors need to be 18 but they are looking at lowering it in the future..."


Response posted on 14th February 2012 by:
Mark Gregory
Atkins
E: mark.gregory@atkinsglobal.com
T: 01245 245143

Bikeability

I am not involved in Bikeability but know someone who is. She reliablely informs me that
"...at the moment National Standard Instructors need to be 18 but they are looking at lowering it in the future..."


Response posted on 15th February 2012 by:
colin savage
Devon County Council
E: colin.savage@devon.gov.uk
T: 01392 383490

Bikeability instructor age limit

As my colleague, Matt at Cambridgeshire County Council,mentions,I raised a very similar question within the Instructor Training Organisation group. The consensus was that there are potentially good and bad instructors, regardless of age. Bikeability has not imposed particular ge restrictions on instructors. http://www.direct.gov.uk will give guidance too. Worth double checking the Safeguarding Children situation too. Dependant on the context, adults under 18 are classed as children.

It is important to have a very clear and transparent job description and person specification and to ensure they have excellent communication skills, are very competent cyclists and have the ability to inspire the trainees.


Response posted on 16th February 2012 by:
Colin Smith
South Lanarkshire Council
E: colin.smith@southlanarkshire.gov.uk
T: 01698 453757

Bikeability Instructor Age Limit

Cycling Scotland have recently adopted the Bikeability Scotland brand and are activiely working with partners to recruit volunteer trainers. They have joined efforts with Volunteer Development Scotland to advertise opportunities and have set a mimimun age of 18yrs for cycle trainers.

See the link below:
http://www.volunteerscotland.org.uk/Opportunity/Detail/81733/0/Bikeability-Scotland---Cycle-Training-Assistant


Response posted on 20th February 2012 by:
Mark Symonds
City of Edinburgh Council
E: mark.symonds@edinburgh.gov.uk
T: 0131 469 3817

Bikeability Instructor Age Limit

Hi all,
Following on from Colin, I was advised by Cycling Scotland that whilst 18 was the minimum age for leading Bikeability Level 1 and 2, they'd be happy with 16 year old assistants, particularly those doing Duke of Edinburgh or Scouts/Guides Awards.


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