National apprenticeship award nominations named
The Institute of Swimming have made nominations in five categories for the forthcoming national apprenticeship awards, a great platform for young people, clubs and employers to gain recognition for excelling in their chosen field.
World and Commonwealth platform champion Tom Daley is nominated for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category for his exceptional work on the AASE scheme.
Parkwood Leisure are nominated as Large Employer of the Year recognising their commitment to creating more apprenticeship opportunities for sustainable employment within the sport and active leisure industry. The organisation have so far taken on 63 aquatics apprentices during the year, including Izzy Laidler, who has been nominated as teaching Apprentice of the Year.
Richard Ward, Aquazone Swimming Co-ordinator for Parkwood at their leisure centre in Torbay, said, “Izzy has shown great enthusiasm working alongside and assisting fellow teachers during their lessons, a tough assignment in what is regarded as a very demanding teaching environment. She is a key member of our Aquazone scheme and will, I am sure, go on to great things in the future.”
He added, “The IoS apprenticeship scheme is a great concept… all of my swimming teachers agree that having an apprentice in the centre on a regular basis gives them the opportunity to pass on their skills and experiences to up and coming teachers, with a view to giving pupils the best possible start to their swimming experience."
Hoping also to gain national recognition are Camden Swiss Cottage SC, who have been nominated for the Small Employer category. Their level 3 coaching apprentice Samir Ahmed has been put forward for the Advanced Apprentice coach award. Samir is very excited about the nomination as well as the rewards gained from becoming an apprentice:
“I took the fantastic offer to study on the apprenticeship instead of reading a sport science degree at University because I felt it offered more specific learning pathways to achieve my goal of excelling as a swimming coach. I see this as the first step of a continued life long journey of learning, and with myself being nominated for these awards alongside my employers we have demonstrated a true intensity to thrive in our profession."
Head Coach Dave Hobbs said, “Samir has developed so much that he can now confidently aim to become an Olympic level standard swimming coach who can help others achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions.”
The finalists are expected to be announced later this month ahead of the awards event in June.
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