Apprentice Lifeguard/Receptionist Harrogate Borough Council

The post holder will be a key member of the team involved in delivering high quality services in community based swimming pools. Full training will be given, whilst working towards a L2 NVQ Certificate in Active Leisure, Learning & Well-being Operational Services qualification.

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Closing date: 27 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Shift pattern over 7 days.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    29 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This is a great opportunity to work within Harrogate Borough Council Leisure Services to work towards a Level 2 NVQ qualification Certificate in Active Leisure, Learning & Well-being Operational Services.

The Applicant must be able to swim and meet the following criteria

  • Jump/Dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front & back
  • In deep water tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to floor of pool (deepest part)
  • Climb out unaided without ladders/steps & where pool design permits

Working within defined procedures the duties would include:

  • Lifeguarding,
  • Swim teaching,
  • Reception duties,
  • Cleaning
  • Setting up equipment
  • First aid
  • Pool testing
  • Administration
  • There is a key focus on health & safety and customer service.
  • This list is not exhaustive.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Well organised and thorough, even under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Punctual
  • Conscientious
  • Proactive
  • Willing to learn
  • Good attention to detail
  • Flexible

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic, pro-active and self- motivated approach.
  • Reliable and conscientious.
  • Excellent punctuality and attendance.
  • Excellent effective communication and listening skills.

Qualifications required

G.C.S.E’s (or equivalent) including Maths and English at C or above (or to be achieved during training).

Future prospects

Great prospects for progression to contracted employment for the right candidate.

Things to consider

Age Specific National Minimum Wage applies: Hourly rate: £4.05 per hour (16-17 year old) £7,813 pa Hourly rate: £5.60 per hour (18-20 year old) £10,804 pa Hourly rate: £7.05 per hour (21 – 24 year old) £13,601 pa Hourly rate: £7.50 per hour (min wage for adults) £14,469 pa

About the employer

Harrogate Borough Council provides a huge range of services to local people and employs over a thousand employees to do so. Our employees chose to work for local government because they want to help local residents and businesses, make a difference to local communities and the environment they live in.


Harrogate Borough Council


Jenny Field Drive



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Training provider

Level 2 Leisure Operations Apprenticeship comprising:

  • L2 NVQ Leisure Operations 
  • L2 Technical Certificate
  • L1 Functional Skills in Maths
  • L1 Functional Skills in English
  • ERR workbook

Apprenticeship framework

Leisure Operations and Leisure Management

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by C M S Vocational Training Ltd


Mandy Hodson 01924 470 477

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Closing date: 27 Sep 2017