What is AASE?
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence is a government-funded initiative that has been designed to help young people aged 16 to 18 combine education and sport. It’s aimed at athletes who have a realistic potential of achieving excellence in their sport – and want to make a career of performing at the highest level – but who also want to continue with their education.
AASE and aquatics
The ASA is dedicated to delivering the AASE programme and has apprentices from all of the disciplines: swimming, disability swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.
In October 2006 we were one of the first sporting bodies to launch the AASE programme and the first aquatic apprentices graduated in March 2009, with 94 athletes receiving qualifications as part of the scheme. Learn more about our involvement in the early days.
Aquatic stars who have completed the AASE programme include double Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington and Beijing’s Team GB synchronised swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison. Athletes … learn more about getting involved.
Rebecca Adlington: “My apprenticeship with the ASA provided me with high quality training, whilst giving me the opportunity to gain qualifications at the same time.
“Winning two gold medals in Beijing and breaking a world record was the greatest achievement of my life and hopefully we’ll see many of the graduating and new AASE students competing for Great Britain over the next few years.”
The AASE framework
The idea is that the apprenticeship takes two years to complete and is made up of three components. The overall apprenticeship will be awarded by Skills Active (the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning established by employers in Sport and Recreation, Health and Fitness) after all three components have been completed.
Background to the AASE programme
Skills Active developed the AASE frameworking partnership with a number of governing bodies of sport, industry experts and other partnership organisations. Learn more about the history of the AASE programme.
The AASE programme is funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), who are responsible for funding and planning education and training for over 16-year-olds in England.
The apprenticeship is the first to offer elite and potentially elite athletes to achieve proper recognition of the skills, knowledge and understanding they are developing/gaining in their quest for excellence. Learn more about the key facts of the AASE programme.
If you have any questions regarding the programme please feel free to contact us.