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What is the Centre of Excellence for Aquatics Instruction?

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Promising to develop both the quantity and quality of swimming teachers across the UK, the partnership between the Institute of Swimming (IoS) and the National Skills Academy for Sport and Leisure will ensure great support for the aquatics workforce leading up to the 2012 Olympics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Centre of Excellence for Aquatics Instruction?

Essentially it is a partnership between the IoS and the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure, part of the government-funded initiative SkillsActive (the Sector Skills Council for active leisure and learning).

The National Skills Academy network is the new gold standard for industry training aiming to improve productivity and tackle skills shortages, and it has appointed the IoS as the Centre of Excellence for Aquatics Instruction.

As a Centre of Excellence, the IoS will work with employers and industry partners to co-ordinate and deliver training provision required across aquatics.  

The IoS will lead development and implementation of innovation programmes, and provide training and qualifications to meet the skills needs and training requirements of employers.

The Academy will work with the IoS as a Centre of Excellence to provide training and qualifications. It will also contribute to the regional networks’ continued development.

The effect of the partnership should be the growth of the quantity and quality of swimming teachers across England because of increased access to high quality, industry-recognised training.

It will also enable the IoS to receive national and regional support from the Academy, ensuring the education programme reflects the needs of the swimming workforce.

Finally, it  will mean the IoS and Skills Academy play a vital role in training the staff needed to cope with the demands of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


So, what is the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure?


There are 15 Skills Academies in all designed to offer a single, coherent approach to skills training in a sector. They are employer-led centres of training excellence and range from purpose-built training centres to tailor-made online courses.

Since its launch in November 2008, registered charity the National Skills Academy for Sport & Active Leisure has been one of the most successful. In the first three months of its launch more than 1,000 learners had been through the Academy.

Academies are popular because they place employers at the heart of skills training for a sector. They take control of the design and delivery of learning in their industry, working in partnership with government and top training providers from across sectors.

For the aquatics workforce, the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure will mean training, qualifications and careers are employer-led and employer-directed, leading to better quality, more targeted training and better access to funds for workforce development.

By 2010 the Academy will operate through nine regional hubs across England: London, Yorkshire & Humber, North West, East, South East, South West, East Midlands, North East and West Midlands. There will also be a national hub. Click here for more information on the centres.

The new online Academy for Sport and Active Leisure is the first port of call for learners to find out about the skills needed to enter the sector or to progress their careers.

For employers it will provide information about recognised training providers and advice on how to make the most effective use of staff training budgets.

The ASA’s head of workforce development Spencer Moore sits on the board of the National Skills Academy. The board meets on a monthly basis to determine strategy and the direction of the board.

For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Academies click here

Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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