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5 Million Young Futures beneficiary rides into his future

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In the UK, thousands of young people are going through difficult situations hindering their ability to find a job.

At 18 Kaniley found himself without a steady place to live or a job and struggling to find the motivation to overcome his new challenging circumstances at a young age. To overcome this, Kaniley began working with a support worker in London, where he learned about Bikeworks – supported by Barclays as part of our 5 Million Young Futures commitment. He immediately joined the programme as a way to build experience and gain qualifications while learning new skills that would ultimately help him find a job.

Along with training in customer service, bicycle mechanics and working in a recycling centre, participating in Bikeworks has helped Kaniley find the inspiration to move his life forward.

The Bikeworks programme taught me loads of new skills, tools and experiences, including how to address customers and deal with certain situations in the work environment. It also taught me how to become a more independent person and one that would be beneficial to a company – someone who is willing to work hard. I just wish I had heard about Bikeworks much earlier, I’d have chosen to be involved in it from the start.
Kaniley , Bikeworks

The Bikeworks programme offers young people in London the opportunity to train in cycle mechanics, with the aim of providing them with practical skills and pathways to employment in the cycling industry. Through our global 5 Million Young Futures commitment, Barclays has invested not only money but colleagues’ time and efforts to support millions of young people around the world – including individuals like Kaniley at Bikeworks in the UK. Colleagues volunteer as mentors and deliver CV and interview workshops to enhance beneficiaries’ job skills.

In May 2014, Kaniley was offered and accepted a contract in a Halfords’ North London Bikehut store and is enjoying the transition into permanent employment. 

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