Train to be a Cycle Mechanic for FREE

The current session of the course is now fully booked.
Dates for the next programme will be announced shortly so please keep checking this page.

Are you cycle enthusiast? Curious to fix things?
Want to start a new brand-new career?

London Borough of Waltham Forest is excited to be partnering with Bikeworks CIC to support residents to become cycle mechanics. This new programme will offer residents the opportunity to become trained and supported into work as a bike mechanic. With the cost-of-living crisis having a big impact on a wide range of residents, the programme will support a diverse range of people from all ages, skill sets, and backgrounds.

Who is the programme suitable for?

If you're passionate about cycling and want to turn your hobby into a rewarding career, our Cycle Mechanics Programme is tailor-made for you. Whether you're an avid cyclist or simply love working with your hands, this comprehensive training will equip you with the skills needed to excel in the thriving world of cycle mechanics. This course is designed for:

  • Cycling Enthusiasts: If you find joy in cycling and are curious about the mechanics behind it, this program will provide you with a deep understanding of bicycles, their components, and how they work together. Fuel your passion by becoming an expert in maintaining and repairing bikes of all kinds.
  • Career Changers: If you're looking to transition into a new and exciting career, the cycle mechanics industry offers a unique opportunity. You don't need prior experience in the field; our program will take you through the fundamentals and advanced techniques, setting you on a path towards a fulfilling profession.
  • Recent Graduates: If you've recently completed your studies and are eager to enter a dynamic field with growing demand, becoming a cycle mechanic might be the perfect choice. This program will give you practical skills and real-world experience that can make you stand out in the job market.
  • Hands-On Learners: If you prefer hands-on learning over traditional classroom settings, our practical approach to training will suit you perfectly. You'll spend the majority of your time working on actual bikes, diagnosing issues, and performing repairs under the guidance of experienced instructors.
  • Self-Starters: If you're motivated, enthusiastic, and enjoy solving mechanical puzzles, the cycle mechanics field aligns perfectly with your qualities. Our course will nurture your problem-solving skills and empower you to confidently tackle complex repair challenges.
  • Future Business Owners: If you're considering opening a bike shop or repair service, understanding the intricacies of cycle mechanics is essential. Gain a strong foundation in this field, enabling you to provide expert services and advice to your customers.
  • Women in Cycling: We encourage women who have a passion for cycling and an interest in mechanics to join our program. This is a space for everyone, regardless of gender, to explore their potential in the cycle mechanics industry.

Minimum Requirements

Although our Cycle Mechanics Programme welcomes all individuals who are curious, dedicated, and excited to embark on a career in the world of cycle maintainence - The ideal candidate will already have a basic level of experience from either working on you own bicycles or those of friends. We'd expect trainees to understand how a bike works, what the various parts are called and how to use general tools. Whether you're looking for a hands-on job, a pathway to self-employment, or a deeper understanding of your favorite hobby, this course is your gateway to success. Join us and become a skilled cycle mechanic ready to make your mark in the industry!

  • For ages 18+.
  • Participants must live in the Borough of Waltham Forest.
  • We encourage applications from all races, religions, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and ages, as well as individuals with disabilities.

What will you receive on this programme?

  • FREE City and Guilds Level 2 Cycle Mechanic qualification at the Lee Valley VeloPark.
  • Work Experience at a local cycle business to add to your CV.
  • 1-1 and group support from the Employment and Opportunities teams, as well as BIPC Local to support you into employment. Including CV support and interview prep.
  • During your training refreshments will be provided.
  • A bike is free to loan if you need support in traveling to and from the training centre.

About the Qualification

This is an accredited ten-day course that teaches bike mechanics to City and Guilds "Level 2 Cycle Mechanic" standard - the industry-standard qualification for professional mechanics. Each unit is taught in a detailed, systematic way, to ensure that learners follow the correct procedures and tasks are completed to a professional standard.

We are excited to host the training in-person at the Lee Valley VeloPark in the Olympic Park.

Life as a Cycle Mechanic

Simply put, a Cycle Mechanic (also known as a Bike mechanic or bicycle technician) builds, repairs, and services all kinds of bikes.

Day-to-day tasks

  • Build a new bike to a customer's specification.
  • Identify problems with a bike.
  • Estimate the cost of repairs and give quotes.
  • Carry out a bike service and safety check.
  • Carry out repairs, maintenance tasks, and replace parts.
  • Order bike parts and keep a log of stock.
  • Take bookings for repairs and process paperwork.
  • Liaise with suppliers and dealers.
  • Attend cycling events to provide repairs and technical support.

Average Salary (year)

£20,000 (starter) to £30,000 (experienced)

Careers and Progression

With experience, you could progress to a large organization like British Cycling, who employ specialist mechanics working for the British racing team. With 3 to 5 years' experience, you could progress to head mechanic. You could also become self-employed and set up a mobile bike mechanic business or open your own shop.


  • Expression of Interests are now open.
  • 1 Day cycle mechanics course
  • Level 2 Cycle Mechanics Qualification Starts
  • Work Experience – Up to 2 weeks from October onwards.

How to apply?

Simply complete our registration form below to express your interest in joining this programme.
A member of our team will contact you after the closing date to inform you of the next steps.

The current session of the course is now fully booked.
Dates for the next programme will be announced shortly so please keep checking this page.

If you haven't found the answers to your questions above, please contact Paul Coster at either 020 8496 4182 or 07967 589 576

Who are Bikeworks CIC?

As a social enterprise, Bikeworks generates income through its trading activities, for example Team Building Challenges, Cycle Maintenance Courses, and Cycle Instructor Training Courses. The surplus generated from these activities goes back into providing free-to-access inclusive community cycling initiatives, such as our All-Ability Clubs, where 3,000 people with disabilities and carers attend their regular club sessions for free across London, accessing specialist cycles and their skilled team of Instructors.

Are you a local business who can support work experience?

We are keen to hear from local businesses who can support this exciting initiative by providing a work experience placement to our newly qualified cohort of residents.

Please contact to find out more.