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Mechanic - Bicycle Workshop (full time)

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Better Health Bikes
Job reference
Haggerston, London
Salary range
Dependant on experience
Job added
27 February 20
Final date for applications
20 March 20

Job Description

Better Health Bikes in East London is recruiting a Full-Time Mechanic to join our team.


An independent workshop carrying out repairs and services, we also recycle donated bikes to something like their former glory. We have an artisan sourdough bakery here too which makes delicious baked goods for local restaurants and delis, Stoke Newington’s Saturday Farmers Market and which can also be bought in our cosy on-site café.


The bike shop and the bakery are both part of the social enterprise arm of The Centre for Better Health (CBH), an independent mental health charity based in Hackney. Each provide work-skills training placements to individuals recovering from mental ill health. Involvement with this social enterprise is a rewarding, interesting and exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about bicycle mechanics, enjoys sharing their knowledge and experience, and wants to support good mental health in the local community. Hopefully you’re friendly, positive and a good listener too.


If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you!



Job Purpose

There are two main elements to this role. The mechanic will report to the Lead Mechanic in supporting the efficient operation of the workshop. The second element of this role will be to support individuals on placement in developing their skills.


An essential requirement for the person taking up this role is to be a flexible individual whose focus will be the success of the social enterprise in its vision as well as on a day to day practical level.


Main Duties

  • Repair and servicing of customer bicycles
  • Mentoring and development of trainees on placement
  • Refurbishing donated bicycles
  • Management of the bike shop and workshop space - including H&S and ISO 9001 compliance
  • Front of House/Customer Service in the bike shop
  • Work with other colleagues in the social enterprise and as part of a team supporting mental health recovery


This is a full-time role, five shifts per week. The bike shop opens 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday, so some weekend shifts to be expected.


Salary: London Living Wage. This role is subject to a six month probation period; 25 days paid leave per year + Bank Holidays


To Apply

If you would like to apply for this post please complete the application form that can be downloaded from our website at .


Forms should be emailed to with MECHANIC in the subject line of your email. Deadline for applications: 5pm, 20th March 2020.If you do not get called for interview you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. 


Further details of the organisation and our services can be found at


We recruit based upon equality of opportunity for all and candidates will be selected for interview based upon their skills, qualifications and experience.  Because we work with vulnerable adults this post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Skills/Experience Required

Person specification

Essential (E) and desirable (D) qualities required.

Job Knowledge & Experience:

  • Competent in bicycle repairs(E)
  • Cytech level 2 (D)
  • Experience of working in a community setting (D)


  • Ability to engage, train and teach others (E)
  • Good communication and team working (E)

Attitude and approach to work:

  • Appreciation of customer service, with a friendly approachable manner (E)
  • Flexible and motivated individual with an interest in working with and supporting a team of trainees and volunteers(E)
  • Proactive and able to take on responsibility with the aim of contributing to the growth of the project (E)
  • Awareness of diversity issues and works in a positive non-discriminatory way, empathetic to the mental health needs of others (E)
  • Ability to be discreet and hold confidential information (E)
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