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Parkwood Apprenticeships

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Parkwood Leisure is the biggest employer of apprentices with the Institute of Swimming. We currently have over 60 apprentices with more always being enrolled onto the apprenticeship; you can view these apprenticeships on the vacancies page here . We offer three different apprenticeships with Parkwood at the moment; you can view details of these below.

Parkwood Leisure apprenticeship folder

 You can view an example of the folder you will receive on a Parkwood Leisure apprenticeship here.

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How to apply

To apply for an apprenticeship with Parkwood leisure you need to fill in the application form from here. You will then need to return this form by email to aimee.bell@swimming.org or by post to:

Apprenticeships
Institute of Swimming
Sportpark
3 Oakwood Drive
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3QF

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the apprenticeship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 16+
  • Living in the UK
  • Not in Full-Time Education
  • Do NOT hold a degree or HND Qualification

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Level 2 Teaching Aquatics with Parkwood Leisure

The Level 2 apprenticeship in Teaching Aquatics with Parkwood leisure is the most popular apprenticeship we offer. The apprenticeship lasts between 9-12 months. Click here to download a leaflet that has full details. While on the apprenticeship you will receive the following qualifications;

  • Level 2 NVQ Coaching, Teaching and Instructing
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 2 ASA/UKCC Teaching Aquatics (To include Level 1 ASA/UKCC Teaching Aquatics if required)
  • Level 2 National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • Key Skills

o   Level 1 application of Number (if required)

o   Level 1 Application of Communication (if required)

There are many progression routes when you have finished this apprenticeship. Click here to download a leaflet for more details. You may have the opportunity to move onto permanent employment or a more specialised apprenticeship depending upon the site’s needs for example it could be anything from event management to personal trainer. You may also move onto an Advanced apprenticeship programme.

To view the full qualification framework please click here.

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Level 2 Coaching Aquatics with Parkwood Leisure

The Level 2 apprenticeship in Coaching Aquatics is for those wishing to pursue a career in coaching competitive swimming. This apprenticeship is specialised for each discipline of aquatics, these are Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Diving. The apprenticeship lasts between 9-12 months. While on the apprenticeship you will receive the following qualifications;

 

The natural progression from this apprenticeship would be to move onto a Level 3 apprenticeship in professional coaching, this would then lead to you being able to become a head coach at a club. You would also be qualified to coach aquatics in a club.

To view the full qualification framework please click here.

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Level 3 Coaching Aquatics with Parkwood Leisure

The Level 3 apprenticeship in Coaching Aquatics is designed and built for those wishing to pursue a career in the leisure industry.  You will be trained to the highest standard available for a teaching aquatics apprenticeship. The apprenticeship lasts for 18-24 months. While on the apprenticeship you will receive the following training;

  • Level 3 NVQ Coaching, Teaching and Instructing
  • Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 3 UKCC Coaching Certificate
  • Key Skills

o   Level 2 application of Number (if required)

o   Level 2 Application of Communication (if required)

  • Choice of one other industry related qualifications to meet candidates/employer needs:

o   Level 2 National Pool Lifeguard Certificate

o   Level 2 Certificate in First aid at work / in sport

There are a wide range of routes apprentices can take within the industry upon completion of the apprenticeship. They can secure full time employment as a head or assistant club coach, fitness instructor, strength & conditioning coach and many other roles within the leisure industry. Apprentices also have the option to develop their skills further and progress onto higher education at recommended universities for coaching.

To view the full qualification framework please click here.

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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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