Apprenticeship helps Jason keep the career wheels spinning

person fixing a bicycle

It is National Apprenticeship Week, a week-long celebration that brings together businesses and apprentices across the country.

It is National Apprenticeship Week (5-11 February 2024), a week-long celebration that brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Apprenticeships are an invaluable part of the career journey, offering individuals the opportunity to gain important on-the-job training to learn the skills necessary to excel in their desired field.

Apprenticeships can be an ideal way to bridge the gap between education and the workplace or offer some a route into a complete career change.

Jason Wigmore, a mechanic with local cycle charity, R-evolution, highlighted how an apprenticeship has not only helped him into employment but also turned something he is passionate about into a profession.

“I’ve always had an interest in bikes, as I am quite hands on, so working with R-evolution while studying for my Level 2 Cycle Mechanic apprenticeship has been perfect for me,” said Jason.

Jason joined R-evolution around two years ago and has fixed hundreds of bikes all over Hull, as well as across the wider Humber region, in that time.

“I’ve worked out of several locations, from our main workshop in Cottingham to The Bike Hub at the University of Hull and the Cycle Hub at Trinity Market. My job is really rewarding. In addition to repairing bikes, I’ve got to work and promote cycling at local schools and have taken part in various events, helping people get out and about on their bikes.”

R-evolution’s work in the city is funded by Hull City Council and, in addition to the hubs at the university and Trinity Market, also includes community cycle hubs at various locations around Hull.

“I enjoy being out and working in our local communities,” said Jason. “It is brilliant to be able to give something back. People are grateful for the services we provide and are over the moon when we can help them with things like repairs that mean they can get about more.

“I particularly like working at the community cycle hub on Peel Street, as I am local to that area and will often see and help people I know.”

Jason has nearly completed his Level 2 Cycle Mechanic apprenticeship and has ambitions to continue developing his career with R-evolution and working with bikes.

Jason also had this advice for those considering taking up an apprenticeship.

“Give it a chance. You need to be dedicated to learning, but the long-term benefits of an apprenticeship are invaluable for developing your career.”

“Jason's contribution has been invaluable, reminding us of the incredible impact apprentices can have when given the opportunity to thrive,” said Hanna Moore, projects manager at R-evolution.

“Jason exemplifies the greatness of apprenticeships, showcasing how they not only shape individuals' futures but also enrich and empower the organisations they serve.”

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Published: 9th February 2024