The role of being a Sports Apprentice at the Ashmoor Sports Centre, in conjunction with South Dartmoor Community College, is a highly coveted one.
This opportunity gives you the chance to have a job, earn money (over £100 per week!), and gain practical and relevant work experience whilst still following a recognised qualification and undertaking education.
This is suitable for any applicant with interest in sport, who sees a career anywhere amongst the sport, leisure, coaching and development environment. A solid grounding in the industry can see you begin to progress down any employment route, but by having a qualification alongside this, the option of university remains a possibility.
Our apprentices are based at the Ashmoor Sports Centre – a specialist facility comprising of a high quality fitness suite, multi-use sports hall and gymnasium, sprung-floor dance studios and floodlit 3G pitch. As an employee you will undertake all day to day tasks involved with running a community sports centre, whilst also having the opportunity to plan and lead sports sessions, run holiday activities and be part of a local sporting culture. Each apprentice also gets the opportunity to tailor their learning to their specific sporting interests – from sports therapy to football coaching to gym instructing. You could also have the opportunity to develop your teaching and leadership skills through regular work with the School Sports Partnership and in the PE Department.
The beauty of an apprenticeship is the degree to which you can choose your own route – your work can be tailored to your strengths and interests – with a set of professional qualifications at the end to match. You can expect to gain extra sports qualifications and useful tools, such as a First Aid certificate through the year. A typical working week would see 7 hours spent in the classroom (condensed into one day) with 30 hours spent ‘on the job’. Assessment is through a series of methods including traditional written work, but also customer feedback, work observation and line manager reports.
Previous successful apprentices have gone onto to further sports coaching and roles, higher education and managerial roles with increased responsibility with the leisure industry.
Initial application is by submission of interest through the options process, candidates will then be called to interview – as in any work environment.