“Apex’s job readiness programs introduce young people to the world of modern manufacturing and the many opportunities there, as well as the skills for any career. Maine is in dire need of a skilled workforce and Apex is helping to develop that.”
Lisa G. Martin, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Maine
Apex Bike Factory (ABF)
Learn the skills you need for your future path by helping to run an actual business!
In this program, you get to take part in the operation of a small business. Under the tutelage of a Youth Leadership Team, participants repair bikes, track inventory, manage marketing and sales operations, monitor financials, learn how to manage a team and more. They also receive a monthly stipend for their work.
Middle School participants learn core job preparedness skills and begin to identify their passions, interests, and aptitudes. High School participants take a deeper dive into career exploration and post-secondary aspirations, including business-related projects, networking in the local community, and financial literacy.
ABF team members must apply and interview with a Youth Manager. ABF positions include:
This is where it all starts. Looking to identify and learn the skills you need for your future career? Come learn from our ABF Youth Leadership Team to get a primer on the skills used to run our small business every day.
Includes everything from bike repair and customer service, to behind the scenes operations in project flow, inventory, marketing, sales, and budgeting.
Junior Mechanics takes place over the course of 8 weeks and is designed to prepare participants for entry into Apex Bike Factory. At the end of the course, a successful graduate will be scheduled for an interview for a position in ABF! Youth 7th grade and older are eligible.
Makers & Breakers
For 5-7th graders, this program is all about hands-on problem solving and tinkering. Using bikes and recycled bike parts, learn the engineering design process and practice applying that mindset on several different projects. You will go from assessing resources and planning, to testing and modifying, and end with creating a final product that meets specifications. This class typically meets for four sessions, once a week over the course of a month.