Leisure centre assistant apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You could take a college course, which may help when looking for work. Courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
- Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Sport
You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course.
The following apprenticeship may be relevant to this role:
Alongside learning how to support the day to day operations of a leisure centre, you will also cover topics like:
- Level 2 Leisure team member
- lifeguard duties
- swimming teaching duties
- gym instruction
- leading group activities
You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for a Level 2 apprenticeship.
You could apply directly. You'll find it useful when looking for work if you've got customer service experience and an interest in exercise and fitness. Some employers may prefer you to have a qualification in first aid, gym instruction or lifeguarding.
Leisure centre assistant apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- business management skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
Leisure centre assistant apprenticeships - what you'll do
On a typical day you could:
- set up, dismantle and maintain equipment
- make sure areas and facilities are clean
- sell tickets and make reservations
- deal with enquiries on reception
- sell food and drink
- promote events and classes through social media channels
- help people to use facilities safely
You could work at a fitness centre or at a gym.
Your working environment may be physically active.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression - Leisure centre assistant apprenticeships
With experience and further qualifications, you could become a supervisor or manager. You could also move into fitness instructing, lifeguarding or sports coaching.