Enter the world of cycle training by joining our training programme and earning your qualification as a Bikeability instructor. As an instructor you can work flexible hours instructing children in schools, giving families the confidence to cycle or teach adults how to ride a bike for the first time.

We run courses at different times and locations through the year, covering our current Bikeability remit of Oxford City/South Oxfordshire, Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell.

To be a successful Bikeability Cycling Instructor you don’t need to have prior experience of working with children, and nor do you need to be a Lycra-clad mad keen cyclist!

Register your interest or find out more by emailing us: recruitment@avanticycling.co.uk

As a Bikeability instructor you choose how often you want to work. Lots of Bikeability instructors work part-time, fitting their work around family life, studying, or incorporate it as part of their “semi-retired” lifestyle. Working as an instructor is fun and rewarding: you are helping to give children a life skill as well having a great experience.

“Being a Bikeability Instructor has enabled me to develop my own cycling knowledge and in turn share this with the young people that I work with. Seeing the riders’ confidence grow, as a course progresses, is fantastic and you know that you are helping them to gain valuable skills that they will use for many years to come.” Hannah – Bikeability Instructor

We will train you, enabling you to attain the national accreditation needed to be a Bikeability Instructor: the ‘Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training’. Bursaries are available to cover tuition fees.

Your qualification pathway:

  1. Register for formal qualification training with our Recognised Delivery Centre.
  2. Attend a virtual meet-up with your tutor and fellow trainee instructors for an introduction to the programme and each other.
  3. Undertake around 4-5 hours of reading and self paced e-learning, during which you will learn about: – best practice for cycling;
    – the skills and understanding needed to cycle safely and responsibly in accordance with the National Standards for Cycle Training;
    – the practices and principles instructors need to be aware of, and the activities to successfully deliver Bikeability training.
  4. Attend 3 days of hands-on training – ‘Technical Days’ – working with your tutor and other trainee instructors. You will gain practical experience of planning and delivering a number of training sessions, and doing associated Risk/Benefit assessments. 
  5. Post-course, you will work with us as a Provisionally Qualified Instructor within a structured, progressive learning framework. You will initially work with experienced instructors, incrementally taking more responsibility for training delivery. Following full delivery with a senior mentor you may be signed off to work on your own. When ready you will then have a Final Assessment to achieve your Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training and become fully qualified.

For more information email recruitment@avanticycling.co.uk

As a fully qualified Cycling Instructor, there are other opportunities to use your skills in adult training, training for families and delivering led rides.

Greg Woodford, director of Avanti Cycling, has been working within the National Standards ambit from the beginning. He was part of the working group that created the standards.

Other courses we offer:

Ride Leading training

As one of the leading experts in ride leading (on road) in the UK, Greg Woodford has created a variety of on-road ride leading courses and delivered them throughout the UK. Avanti Cycling has also worked in partnership with national organisations to develop courses that suit their requirements.

Courses that can be delivered:

  1. Club Leader course. A one-day course aimed at cycling/triathlon clubs to develop best practice in leading club runs.
  2. Ride Leader course, aimed at the customer who wishes to lead leisure rides. This suite of courses can last from one to three days, depending on the outcomes you wish to achieve.
  3. Bespoke ride leader course. Avanti Cycling has experience in creating courses to fit in with your outcomes – come and talk to us.
  4. You don’t want a full course? We can come and deliver a workshop to your club about best practice in ride leading. These presentations are designed to encourage new leaders to come through. This workshop will work out substantially more economical as we do not need to keep to tight ratios as we are not assessing the outcomes of the participants.