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What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that provide individuals with the skills needed to succeed in their role and develop their career within a business. This means apprentices can put their skills into practice daily at work, while also gaining a nationally recognised apprenticeship and being paid.

If you are looking to kickstart your career and are considering an apprenticeship, Tees Active can help and support you to gain valuable experience in the leisure sector.

 

Current Opportunities

If there are no current apprenticeship vacancies please express your interest by sending an enquiry via the form further down this page. If you have any other questions about our apprenticeships please don’t hesitate to contact us too.

Most Tees Active apprenticeships go on to secure employment after their placement.

Kickstart your career and earn while you learn!

What will you gain from this apprenticeship opportunity?

Leisure Apprentices:

IQL Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness or Gym Instruction
Level 3 certificate in First Aid
Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Swimming

Business Administration Apprentices:

Level 3 Award

Customer Service Apprentices:

Level 3 Award

Hands on experience working in an established leisure environment

Online training opportunities

Continual assessment and feedback to support development from our management teams

Weekly coaching experience

Gain industry knowledge from our experienced teams

Leisure Assistant Apprenticeship x 4

Within our Leisure Apprenticeships we provide you with the necessary qualifications and hands on experience in your chosen field to begin a great career. While undertaking one of our apprenticeships, you will be responsible for a range of duties to grow and develop your skills.

  • Venue: Splash, Billingham Forum
  • Hours: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: £192 per week
  • Closing Date: April 26, 2024
  • Closing Time: 11:59 am

LESIURE ASSISTANT APPRENTICE                     

30 hours per week, £192 per week, Splash, Billingham Forum

We have successfully worked with the Lifetime Training Group Limited since 2016 to deliver the apprenticeship scheme. At Tees Active, we have been supporting young people to take their first steps into the exciting world of leisure.

A high number of our apprentices go on to secure employment with us once their apprenticeship has finished, which highlights our commitment to nurturing talented young people at the beginning of their journey.

SUMMARY
At Tees Active you will work towards your Community Activator Coach L2 Apprenticeship Qualification over the course of 12-18 Months.
To be considered for this role, you must be a strong and confident swimmer. If you are invited to interview for this role you will be required to complete a swim test as part of the interview process. In order to be considered for the role you must be able to demonstrate you are able to do the following.

 Jump/dive into deep water
 Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds
 Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water and then tread water for 30 seconds
 Surface dive to floor of pool (deepest part)
 Climb out of a swimming pool unaided by ladders/steps and where pool design permits

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:
To ensure the safe, efficient and enjoyable use of the facilities by customers and assist in the overall development of the Centre. To deal with customer/service enquiries in a professional and positive way. Ensuring that the service maintains a strong customer focus and remains committed to the principles of Customer Service Excellence Standard.

Day to Day-
– To assist in providing day to day assistance in the supervision of the security of the building, and the conduct of the customer.
– To assist in ensuring that the facility is prepared for the customers ensuring the correct timing, including setting up and dismantling equipment or furniture, cleaning facilities and ensuring health and safety standards are maintained at all times.
– To understand and ensure compliance with all Health & Safety at Work procedures, personally and for colleagues, children and other customers. This includes compliance with Health and Safety policy and systems, report any faults/incidents/accidents/damage/hazards and take a pro-active approach to Health and Safety matters in order to protect yourself and others. This includes timely reporting and recording of such matters to the General Management team.
– To assist in the implementation of emergency procedures and operational plans where appropriate, e.g. evacuation and drowning.
– To assist where appropriate in the development of the centre’s programme through events, competitions and new activities.
– To provide advice and assistance to users of the Centre(s) in relation to existing and future activity programmes.
– To work and communicate efficiently and effectively within and between workgroups.
– To undertake general duties as required at the Centre(s).
– To carry out cleaning and litter picking duties within the centre.
– To give all reasonable advice and assistance to customers using the centre(s).
– To assist with patrolling the building to prevent abuse of facilities by customers or unauthorised access.
– Once trained and assessed to be competent, to give trained assistance to users in difficulty and when necessary to give first aid to any injuries sustained by either members of the public or other members of staff.
– Once you obtain the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification you will be required to undertake regular “Pool Lifeguard” training, ensuring that at all times the post holder is able to achieve the minimum standard as approved by the Royal Life Saving Society, and compliance with NOP/EAP.
– To assist in the preparation for special events and galas, ensuring that all equipment is safe for its intended use.

REQUIREMENTS

GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4) Essential

ABOUT YOU
We are looking for motivated, passionate individuals who share our vision and are committed to engaging with our customers to boost community wellbeing in a positive and inclusive way. This is an exciting time to join the Tees Active team as we continue to grow and expand our services throughout Stockton-on-Tees.
You must be enthusiastic about wanting to work within the sport and physical activity sector with an interest in training within a gym setting, You will also be committed to inspiring others to be more physically active. No prior coaching experience is required, but a willingness to learn, develop and challenge yourself is essential.

You will:

  • Possess a passion for physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
  • Have good communication skills.

Be organised and able to work effectively in teams and as an individual.

  • Maintain a professional approach to work at all times.
  • Be able to relate well to, motivate, and encourage others being conscious of being a positive role model at all times.
  • Have an enthusiastic attitude to life and work.
  • Have the ability to make learning and work fun.

PERSONAL QUALITIES
You must be able to work in a team, have good communication, organisational skills and be committed to completing your apprenticeship.

FUTURE PROSPECTS
These programmes often lead to possible progression into full and part time roles, further qualifications, higher level apprenticeships and employment within the leisure sector.

THE COMPANY
Tees Active is a leading charitable trust providing sport, leisure, and wellbeing services to communities in Stockton-on-Tees, in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. Established in 2004, Tees Active are passionate about the power of physical activity and believe that everyone should have equal opportunities to enjoy the abundance of health benefits associated with leading an active lifestyle.

Our mission is to ‘invest every penny to build active and healthy communities’ and we are proud to offer some of the area’s most exciting leisure destinations including outdoor adventure attractions, local swimming pools and multi-sport leisure centres. From gyms and swimming pools to high ropes courses and white-water activities, racquet sports and ice skating, soft play, fitness classes and much more, there’s something for everyone with Tees Active.

A dedicated tutor will deliver facilitated learning sessions every 4 – 6 weeks for all apprentices.  They will support you through the qualification and help you put your learning into practice at work.

You will also be supported by an experienced mentor within your workplace, who will be there to help you improve your knowledge and skills in a customer service environment within the active leisure industry.

BENEFITS
You will also be rewarded with excellent Company benefits including:

  • Free Swimming and Gym membership and discounted class rates.
  • Pension Scheme including employer contributions.
  • Employee benefits package via Westfield Health.
  • An opportunity to work alongside a dynamic and diverse professional team.
  • Discounts on outdoor items from our North Shore retail shop.

INFORMATION DISCUSSION
If you would like to chat about this role please contact Kerry Swan, Workforce Development Manager, [email protected].

For further enquiries and support with your application please contact recruitment at [email protected]

TO APPLY
To be part of this successful organisation, please upload your CV via www.teesactive.co.uk/career-opportunities/
Closing date:                26th April 2024
If we have not contacted you within 6 weeks of the closing date, we would thank you for your interest in the vacancy but on this occasion your application will not be progressed.

Activity Instructor Apprenticeship

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Apprentice Instructors to join our team to help deliver watersports sessions along with supporting the Air Trail team and the wider centre operations. The role will predominantly include delivery of kayaking, open canoeing, raft building, Stand up Paddle boarding and Air Trail sessions to a wide variety of customers along with helping with the smooth day-to- day operation of the venue.

  • Venue: Tees Barrage International White Water Centre
  • Hours: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: £192 per week
  • Closing Date: April 26, 2024
  • Closing Time: 11:59 am

Tees Barrage International White-Water Centre & Air Trail Tees Barrage are looking to recruit an Apprentice Watersports and Activity Instructor.
Average 30 hours per week (seasonally adjusted)
£192 per week based on average 30 hours per week       

We have successfully worked with the Lifetime Training Group Limited since 2016 to deliver our apprenticeship scheme. At Tees Active, we have been supporting young people to take their first steps into the exciting world of leisure and outdoor activities.
A high number of our apprentices go on to secure employment with us once their apprenticeship has finished, which highlights our commitment to nurturing talented young people at the beginning of their journey.
We looking to recruit to this new Apprentice role and pathway in our unique site which offers a wide range of water sports and the largest high ropes course within the U.K.

THE LOCATION
Tees Barrage International White-Water Centre is Teesside’s award-winning home of adventure. This magnificent centre of activity can be found on the banks of the River Tees between Stockton and Middlesbrough and offers a unique variety of water sports for the whole family from Stand Up Paddleboarding to White Water RaftingBell BoatingPaddlesportsPowerboat Trips and so much more.

Tees Barrage is also home to NorthShore Water Sports, the ultimate kayaking and canoeing store as well as Air Trail, the UK’s biggest high ropes adventure course.

THE ROLE
Whilst working in this varied role interacting and motivating our customers to build their confidence and skills you will also work towards your Community Activator Coach Level 2 qualification over the course of 15 months.
The role involves:

  • Assisting in providing site specific training for activities not regulated by a National Governing Body.
  • Assisting in carrying out sessions as directed by the Duty Manager.
  • Assisting in the delivery of a safe, professional and high-quality training/coaching/recreational water-based experience both at Tees Barrage White Water Course and Air Trail.
  • Support the day -to -day general duties, security and safety of the centre and site as directed.
  • Assisting the Duty Manager with the organisation and co-ordinating of offsite trips.
  • Undertaking some administrative work relating to the centre and its activities.

ABOUT YOU
If you are already enthusiastic about the outdoors ideally with experience of outdoor activities, have good communication skills, able to swim, confident a working at heights and interested in a career in the outdoors working with varied range of customers of different ages and abilities, then this could be for you. No prior coaching experience is required, but a willingness to learn, develop and challenge yourself is essential.

You will gain valuable experience working alongside our experienced outdoor staff team. We’ll ensure you receive National Governing Body Award training including British Canoeing Personal Paddling awards, British Canoeing/International Raft Federation Raft Guide Qualification, Air Trail Operator Assessment and White-Water Safety and Rescue, a First Aid qualification along with guidance to improve your skills.  At the end of the apprenticeship programme, you will have gained valuable experience of a wide range of outdoor activities and will be ready to move on to the next stage in your career.

Missed out on getting your Maths and English GCSE’s?  Don’t worry – you can still apply but you will need to complete Functional Skills Level 2 before you finish the apprenticeship.  Our Learning Coaches can support you with this so don’t let this put you off!!

You will also be required to have an enhanced DBS check.

BENEFITS
As part of the Tees Active team, you will gain access to a variety of team benefits that you can enjoy throughout your time with us – it’s one of the ways we show how much we value you and your role within the organisation. Team benefits are split into two areas, MyPERKS and MyHEALTH.

  • Free or discounted activities for you to keep active with Tees Active*
  • Discount on various Tees Active activities for your immediate family to enjoy
  • Discount with local businesses and services
  • Recruitment referral incentive scheme
  • A range of health and wellbeing services to keep you at your fit and healthy best*
  • Access to exclusive rewards and discounts with over 500 national big brand retailers*

* The above benefits vary depending on whether you are applying for a contracted or casual role.

FUTURE PROSPECTS
Our Apprenticeship programmes often lead to possible progression into full and part time roles, further qualifications, higher level apprenticeships and employment within the leisure sector.

INFORMAL DISCUSSION
If you would like to chat about the roles please contact Chris Gibbens, Centre Manager, Tees Barrage, on (01642) 528026, or Kerry Swan, Workforce Development Manager, on 01642 526402/[email protected]
For further enquiries or support with your application please contact recruitment at [email protected]

THE COMPANY
Tees Active is a charitable leisure trust that invests ‘every single penny’ of profit in to providing a variety of exciting and rewarding leisure activities to enable the local community to lead a healthier, happier, and more active life.

Based in the community our modern facilities, including state-of-the-art fitness clubs, an international standard white-water centre and the North East’s leading Ice Arena provide the perfect environment for Tees Active to promote physical activity with the aim of inspiring active lifestyles, improving health and wellbeing and building stronger communities.

With over 250 team members Tees Active are committed to workforce training and personal development and the successful candidate will apply their knowledge, experience, and training to play an integral part in the future success of Tees Active.

 

TO APPLY
To be part of our successful team please upload your CV via www.teesactive.co.uk/career-opportunities

Closing date:           26th April 2024

If we have not contacted you within 6 weeks of the closing date, we would thank you for your interest in the vacancy but on this occasion your application will not be progressed.

Apprenticeship Opportunities offered by Tees Active

LEISURE TEAM MEMBER APPRENTICESHIP

The Leisure Team Member is responsible for a range of operational duties such as assisting with the opening and closing of the facility, undertaking routine maintenance of equipment and maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the leisure environment.

On completion of this standard apprentices will be competent in five key areas including; leisure and fitness operations, lifeguard duties, swimming teaching duties, gym instruction and leading group activities.

CUSTOMER SERVICE APPRENTICESHIP

The Customer Service apprenticeship develops the expertise required by customer-facing specialists dealing with a range of leisure clients. The programme builds on existing knowledge to develop learners into experts in customer service, understanding the active leisure customer journey in detail.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION APPRENTICESHIP

The Business Administration Apprenticeship provides the opportunity for administrators in the fitness sector to grow and develop their skills towards management capabilities. Learners will understand how to troubleshoot and improve administrative processes, build strong working relationships with key clients, and develop person and professional skills to thrive in a busy environment.

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