Workforce Development

Workforce development. Workforce development successes from the ASA Annual Report 2015-16

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ASA Awarding Body

The ASA Awarding Body (ASA AB) continued its year- on-year growth with 11,035 ASA certified qualifications awarded; a 21 per cent increase on last year’s numbers. In addition, 8,170 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificates have
been issued.

The ASA AB launched the ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) and ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualifications. These were the first qualifications to be developed using the new qualification development process, involving consultation with ASA AB Approved Centres, the educator workforce and employers. Furthermore the ASA AB has launched an additional six new coaching qualifications including:

  1. ASA Level 1 Diving Assistant (Coaching)
  2. ASA Level 1 Synchronised Swimming Assistant (Coaching)
  3. ASA Level 1 Water Polo Assistant (Coaching)
  4. ASA Level 2 Diving Coach
  5. ASA Level 2 Synchronised Swimming Coach
  6. ASA Level 2 Water Polo Coach

Level 3 coaching qualifications have also been introduced for each of the aquatic disciplines of water polo, synchronised swimming and diving.

The review and rewrite of the following qualifications is ongoing:

  1. ASA Level 2 Award in Coaching Aquatic Pre- Fundamentals (QCF)
  2. ASA Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Learn to Swim (QCF)
  3. ASA Level 2 Extended Diploma in Coaching Learn to Swim (Pre- Fundamentals) (QCF)

ASA Workforce Support Services


Workforce Support Services remains committed to capacity building and ensuring a year-on-year growth of ASA qualifications being delivered throughout England. 2015 saw another steady rise in the number of ASA licensed educators:

  1. Licensed Tutor/Assessors increased by nine per cent
  2. Licensed CPD presenters increased by 170 per cent

Tutor training

The 2015 tutor training programme saw the recruitment of an additional 25 trainee tutors, which included this year’s ASA Swimming Teacher of the Year. This number included new Level 2 tutor/assessors across all the aquatic disciplines.

Tutor development

Quality of delivery remains a key driver and in 2015 our menu of training opportunities was introduced. A calendar of training events for the whole educator workforce was also developed to ensure that tutors are kept up to date with both industry and educational developments.

Attendance across these events was outstanding, with over 74 per cent of educators attending at least one workshop throughout the year. This was followed by the launch of a dedicated educator website where all resources and information regarding ASA qualification delivery and assessment can be easily accessed.

Educator Approved Centre Conference

Building on the success of last year’s event, Workforce Support Services and the Awarding Body ran
an expanded two day conference, which included the addition of a pre- conference networking meal and guest speaker.

A record number of delegates (over 100) attended this event, and outstanding feedback was received on all aspects of the conference.

The Institute of Swimming

The IoS Logo. Red I, grey O, and blue S. The Institute of Swimming reviewed its business model at the beginning of 2015, the outcome of which was to transfer the Apprenticeship provision to a partner provider. As of February 2016 the IoS has focused on the delivery of quality and accessible qualifications and CPDs for teachers and coaches across aquatics.

A number of new partnerships have been formed to complement our offer, including Loughborough College, Dudley College and Lifetime Training.

New product development

The IoS continues to develop a range of blended learning solutions. These give our learners the flexibility to study the theoretical elements of the course online, in their own time, whilst ensuring that their face-to-face sessions take a practically focused and relevant approach to teacher and coach education.

Blended learning is becoming a popular alternative to traditional learning approaches, with the IoS delivering 139 blended learning courses to 1,341 learners in 2015.

Recent blended learning product development includes courses to upskill swimming teachers to deliver BSAC snorkelling sessions, training the Swim Safe workforce, and a highly engaging and interactive approach to delivering the new ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant qualification.

There has also been a continued emphasis on increasing the opportunities for learners to engage in continuous professional development (CPD) online, with over 4,000 learners undertaking an online course in 2015.

Newly introduced products include a series of four online modules which support Level 1 Swimming Assistants to improve their teaching of stroke techniques.

A reputation for excellence

Following the launch of the new Level 1 and Level 2 swimming teaching qualifications, the IoS has developed a fully branded online tutor hub containing resources and learning activities to support the delivery of the new qualifications.

This tutor hub is the first in a series of quality initiatives to support a consistent, high quality course delivery across the IoS, retaining our reputation for excellence in training delivery throughout the aquatics industry.

Accessible learning

Our commitment to making learning more accessible has been further developed through projects to ensure that all online learning is accessible from mobile devices.

Two screen-reader compatible courses have been added to our online portfolio, as well as visually impaired friendly swimming and deaf friendly swimming.

National recognition

In November, the IoS was recognised at the prestigious ukactive and CIMSPA 2015 Active Training Awards following its innovative work on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme.

The team was a finalist in the Innovative Training Programme of the Year category for developing the blended-delivery training method.


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