Cycle Training UK to close

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Cycle Training UK to close

Postby mercalia » 5 Oct 2018, 11:31am

After 20 years, Cycle Training UK (CTUK) is to cease training at the end of October.

https://www.cycletraining.co.uk/news-and-info/news/2018/10/02/cycle-training-uk-to-close/

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Re: Cycle Training UK to close

Postby mjr » 5 Oct 2018, 11:39am

Bikeability is brought to you by the gig economy and short-term and zero-hours contracts :(
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Re: Cycle Training UK to close

Postby horizon » 5 Oct 2018, 11:58am

I think they've got the wrong end of the stick. Some work and professions don't lend themselves to full-time secure employment - they just don't. So it makes sense if a work provider/employer can offer work on good terms with the interests of its (inevitably) free-lance contractors at its heart. This company seemed well placed to do that so I think it has thrown the baby out with the bath water.

I too work seasonally so in the winter do other things. Lots of work by its nature is intermittent or seasonal - ask any actor. So it makes sense to have several irons in the fire. Most people are flexible enough to manage this. Yes, we all want certainty (as do mortgage lenders) but that comes with the risk that it all comes crashing down. Skills and aptitudes are transferables and a good occasional employer is better than a non-existent permanent employer.
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Re: Cycle Training UK to close

Postby passing the junction » 5 Oct 2018, 8:54pm

(inevitably) free-lance contractors


There are plenty of councils employing Instructors on zero or irregular hours contracts, with the same employment rights as other council employees, so I don't see what is inevitable about it being freelance.

It seems to me that although CTUK were ethical employers in terms of trying to provide reasonable t&c's for the people who worked for them, they were in effect feeding the monster of public services outsourcing, a process that as time goes on and the 'undercutters' get to work effectively moves public money from the wage packets of Instructors to a handful of company directors. CTUK helped to feed the monster and then it ate them.

Hats off to CTUK for the way they improved cycle training. I feel for all their employees who will now be staring the gig economy in the face.

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Re: Cycle Training UK to close

Postby Lance Dopestrong » 6 Oct 2018, 8:15pm

horizon wrote:I think they've got the wrong end of the stick. Some work and professions don't lend themselves to full-time secure employment - they just don't. So it makes sense if a work provider/employer can offer work on good terms with the interests of its (inevitably) free-lance contractors at its heart. This company seemed well placed to do that so I think it has thrown the baby out with the bath water.

I too work seasonally so in the winter do other things. Lots of work by its nature is intermittent or seasonal - ask any actor. So it makes sense to have several irons in the fire. Most people are flexible enough to manage this. Yes, we all want certainty (as do mortgage lenders) but that comes with the risk that it all comes crashing down. Skills and aptitudes are transferables and a good occasional employer is better than a non-existent permanent employer.


Pretty much this. I don't need to work, but lime to keep my hand in. Some of the high level training I deliver is paid, some done for free to charities, but it's all pretty irregular and wouldn't feed a doormouse if it were my only income.
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