The timing is right for apprenticeships

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If you or someone you know has just finished school or college and is interested in working in the sport and active leisure industry, an Institute of Swimming apprenticeship is a great starting point.

Whether the goal is to become a swimming teacher, sports coach, personal trainer or leisure centre manager, IoS apprenticeships provide the opportunity to earn a wage whilst gaining professional qualifications, with the end result often being a full time role in a leisure centre, gym or health club.

Through her work as an apprentice swimming teacher at Torbay Leisure Centre, Izzy Laidler says she has developed personally as well as gaining all the necessary work based knowledge. “I feel I have changed whilst doing this apprenticeship – my communication skills have improved as has my confidence generally. Part of my role has been to work in various sectors of the centre so I have got to know everyone who works here – they have all been really supportive and helpful”.

...I have been fortunate to gain valuable qualifications, instigated through my own determination to succeed in an area I have always been passionate about.

Samir Ahmed is an apprentice coach at Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club, who rejected the choice of reading a sport science degree at university because he felt the apprenticeship offered more specific learning pathways to achieve his goal of excelling as a swimming coach.  “Through the apprenticeship scheme I have been fortunate to gain valuable qualifications, instigated through my own determination to succeed in an area I have always been passionate about.  I now look forward to fulfilling my ambitions and making a difference to the perception of swimming as a whole, especially in the coaching profession”.

It’s easy to apply – there are vacancies across England on the website here.

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