A coalition of leading leisure employers and industry organisations, including Jubilee Hall Trust, have just launched a government-backed programme to revolutionise apprenticeships for the physical activity sector.
In conjunction with CIMSPA and ukactive, the Activity Trailblazer places responsibility for defining apprenticeship standards for PTs and leisure managers in the hands of employers, enabling the industry to streamline training pathways and proactively address skills shortages.
The move follows the government’s October 2013 announcement of plans to shake up apprenticeships under the Trailblazers programme, aiming to make them more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers. Nationally, apprenticeships schemes support over 500,000 learners and attract in excess of £750m per year in funding. As well as the benefits for employers, sector apprentices will be in line for a more focused programme, with less duplication across units.
The coalition of employers behind the Activity Trailblazer – to be chaired by Places for People Leisure’s Richard Millard – includes Jubilee Hall Trust, David Lloyd Leisure, Everyone Active, GLL, Carlisle Leisure, Parkwood Leisure, Hilton, 1Life, 1610, ESPH, Fitness Express, Virgin Active, LA fitness and Nuffield Health.
“The education and training system has changed significantly over the last several years, it is now entirely employer-led and so we must organise our sector in response to this challenge,” said CIMSPA interim COO Tara Dillon, whose organisation will manage and provide the secretariat for the Activity Trailblazer.
“The Trailblazer is the first example of the sector and employers working in such a structure and we couldn’t be happier to support it.”