Good Cycles empowers young people facing barriers to work by offering them employment pathways. We improve their futures and contribute to more sustainable cities.
Why young people need support
youth unemployment is roughly double the adult unemployment rate
there are over 100 applicants for every entry-level job available
the average number of barriers to employment among Good Cycles supported employees
each barrier to employment multiplies the effect of disadvantage on young people
How we change lives
We use paid work to break down barriers to employment.
Training and coaching
Young people gain
More secure employment
How we overcome employment barriers
There are more job seekers than jobs, which has the greatest impact on those facing more barriers to employment.
We seek a representative workforce that reflects contemporary Australia and embraces the contributions of all backgrounds and identities.
We create jobs that are easily accessible by public transport, that don’t require a drivers license, and we provide bikes for mobility.
Paid work experience helps young people become responsible, organised, reliable and aware of workplace expectations.
Those lacking education or qualifications can access employment, relevant industry experience and certifications.
We support young people to build their resumes and professional networks.
Long-term pathways with community and industry partners help people access our programs and transition to ongoing, meaningful work.
The difference we are making
Work readiness isn’t a linear journey, but every incremental win builds resilience
and helps young people contribute to society.
Since 2018 we have:
of young people made goals that increased their aspiration and confidence
of young people increased their technical and transferable skills for employability
of young people achieved job-readiness within 12 months
Who we have helped
Career development as-it-happens at Good Cycles
We recently took on a new trainee bicycle mechanic at one of our retail stores, Abi. This is the inside story of her career development as-it-happens at Good Cycles.
Good Cycles and Event Studios Australia team up
Event Studios Australia (ESA) hit end of year targets and created a job opportunity for a young person in a win-win for productivity and social impact.
What Khalid did with your support in 2020
Khalid’s story shows how Good Cycles and our supporters stop young people from falling through the cracks, by providing opportunity.
Sustainable social enterpriseSince 2017, Good Cycles has successfully maintained its strategic 80/20 revenue model, with more than 80% of annual revenue derived from its commercial operations. Good Cycles reinvests 100% of profits back into its mission: providing young Victorians at risk of disengagement with employment opportunities that improve their futures. The remaining revenue is largely made up of philanthropic funding with the balance from donations and government grants. This funding is critical to the ability to scale business and in turn, support and provide valuable employment opportunities and partnerships. Good Cycles is dually focused on delivering both social impact and commercial sustainability. Success is measured by continuing to provide paid employment and support for at-risk youth. In a few short years, we have reached commercial sustainability with over 80% of our revenue coming from commercial activities.
Financial and annual reporting
Good Cycles is a registered charity with the ACNC.
You can view our financial and annual reporting on the ACNC website.