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Help requested posted on 10th February 2020:

Introduction of the new Bikeability instructor qualification

Bikeability providers in Yorkshire & Humberside have met following growing concerns over the introduction of the new Bikeability Instructor qualification. We agree that the new qualification is a positive step forward, however we have questions around the cost involved, why existing instructors need to re train and the impact this will have on the delivery of a scheme that does not have guaranteed funding after March 2021. We are aware that some of our issues are addressed on the Bikeability Trust website but feel there needs to be some discussion with providers. Is anyone else in the same position?

Sue Snoddy

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Response posted on 12th February 2020 by:
Elizabeth Leeding

E: liddy.leeding@eastsussex.gov.uk
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Introduction of the new Bikeability instructor qualification

Hi Sue

this is something I have made The bikeability trust aware of. The cost does not stop with the RDC price. its all the hidden costs that will have to be found as well. all our instructors are on a casual, contract, so are paid by the hour. The online training and the mentoring over the phone or in front of the computer will have to be factored into this. And as you say there is no funding guarantee after 2021. I certainly don't have the answers. If only cycle training was made statutory, at least then providers would have some form of job security.


Response posted on 12th February 2020 by:
Pamela Williams

E: pamela.williams@southglos.gov.uk
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Introduction of the new Bikeability instructor qualification

This is something we are currently going through too. We have 20 instructors who are employed on annualised hour contracts and all have attended the new training qualification in October and are currently working through the 11 mandatory tasks. On top of the 1 day training we agreed to pay 12 hours to cover Instructors time to complete these tasks. However the length of time it takes instructors to complete the tasks is varied. We have also experienced inconsistency with the marking which is causing further problems. The good news is that further funding for Bikeability was announced in the media last week however there was no clear guidelines on how funding would be linked.


Response posted on 13th February 2020 by:
Jane Deeley

E: jane.deeley@wiltshire.gov.uk
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Introduction of the new Bikeability instructor qualification

Our Bikeability Instructors are self-employed. We had a team meeting this week and they expressed a great deal of concern over upgrading their qualifications. No-one has yet registered to start the award process as there is understandably a lot of uncertainty over costs, time commitment and IT ability required. We have agreed to match the 60 offer from DfT for existing instructors, but it is still a big expense for them. Time spent working towards the new award is time not spent on delivery and will impact their income, and there is no certainty re funding post-March 2021. I understand there is a lot of hearsay about different costs at different RDCs and what might be involved, and no-one really seems set up yet to offer the transition support that is needed. We face losing a number of very experienced NSIs just at the time when DfT want us to increase capacity!
Happy to join any discussions, especially with other LA providers


Response posted on 17th February 2020 by:
Caroline Lane

E: caroline.lane@westberks.gov.uk
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Introduction of the new Bikeability instructor qualification

My team of 10 instructors and myself are in the same position. Our lack of funding means that they have all had to find alternative work this term as the Trust couldn't provide any extra cash (while incidentally still holding the 10 million Halfords put in). I'm hoping we will be able to re qualify with a local company attached to an RDC, but they're.not sure what is expected of them yet!


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