The ASA provides work placements for 300 Aquatic Assistants

16 Feb 2010

The ASA are to employ 300 trainee Aquatic Assistants in work placements across the country within local leisure centres and pool providers.

The six-month long placements, funded through the National Skills Academy and the government’s Future Jobs Fund, are available for young people aged 18-24 who have been out of work for around a year. 

As well as gaining valuable work experience, trainees will have the opportunity to achieve recognised qualifications including the ASA UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics and RLSS National Pool Lifeguard. They will also attend the ASA’s in house training on the government’s Free Swimming initiative and benefit from vocational training in areas such as customer service, swim21 Learn to Swim Accreditation and sports development.

The ASA’s head of workforce development Spencer Moore is excited about the prospect of helping to create career opportunities for young people in aquatics.

“It’s brilliant news that the ASA has been awarded the funding to provide these placements. The intention is to support each trainee and provide them with all the skills they need to secure a job at the end of the six-month placement. In turn this will give an extra level of support to leisure centres and pools to get more people participating and maximise the free swimming initiative.”

Around a third of the work placements will be with DC Leisure, who operate over 100 leisure facilities in the UK. Their Group Swimming Manager Mark Haslam commented: “We are delighted to be in partnership with the ASA by providing the opportunity for young unemployed people to get real future job prospects within our network of centres. Free Swimming is a huge focus for ourselves and our Local Authority partners, so this exciting initiative is also a great way for us to get more help in spreading the word to get more people swimming.”

The funding for the project comes from the government’s Future Jobs Fund and is provided to the ASA via the National Skills Academy, a partner network which provides the new gold standard for industry training. 

Minister for Employment Jim Knight said: "I am delighted that the ASA is using the Future Jobs Fund to employ 300 trainee Aquatic Assistants across the country. As well as on the job experience, young people will be able to gain important qualifications giving them a better chance of securing another job at the end of the six-month placement.

"The Government has invested £1 billion into the Future Jobs Fund to get young people and those in areas of high unemployment into work. Details on how to apply for these jobs and thousands of others are available at Jobcentre Plus."

To find out more about Aquatic Assistant placements in your area contact your local Jobcentre Plus or visit 


Photograph shows DC Leisure Group Swimming Manager Mark Haslam with ASA Project Officer Jo Thomas.

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