Apprentice Recreation Assistant (Multi Skill) Thame Leisure Centre

Are you looking to start a career in the leisure industry? The Thame Leisure Centre, part of GLL are looking for enthusiastic individuals to work as a Lifeguard and gain other qualifications. Training will be provided to work towards Activity Leadership, Leisure operations, Fitness Instructing, Lifeguarding and possible coaching/teaching.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 08 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,385.00 - £17,133.00

  • Working week

    The role will include shift working covering early starts, evenings and weekend working.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    16 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    13 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001309057

  • Positions

    1 available

Are you looking to start a career in the leisure industry? The Thame Leisure Centre, part of GLL are looking for enthusiastic individuals to work as a Lifeguard and gain experience in the different aspects of working in a leisure centre.

This is a 12-15 month apprenticeship, training will be provided to work towards an NVQ level 2 in Activity Leadership, Leisure operations, Fitness Instructing, RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and possible coaching/teaching qualifications.

This will be a varied role within the club and your main duties will include:

  • Preparing activity areas to include the safe setting up/dismantling of equipment and ensuring that all equipment is stored safely and securely when not in use. 
  • Monitoring and helping to maintain a safe and comfortable leisure centre environment by implementing organisational maintenance schedules. 
  • Ensuring the highest possible standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained by carrying out routine and other cleaning tasks when required. 
  • Assisting customers with enquires in a friendly and effective manner, proactively developing and maintaining high standards of customer care. 
  • Resolving customers’ problems, including situations where there is disagreement over the actions and outcomes involved. 
  • Working as part of a team to ensure the smooth operation of the facility. 
  • Following Normal and Emergency Operating Procedures. 
  • Accurately filling in forms or reports relating to their normal duties. 
  • Taking occasional responsibility for the induction and development of new members of staff. 
  • In a wet-side facility, supervising the safety of the swimming pool environment and working to prevent accidents and emergencies. 
  • Meeting the training and development requirements of the job role. 
  • Working within the job role description at this level, recognising the standards and professional limitations that this provides, referring to appropriate members of staff for guidance and support. 
  • Maintaining a safe pool environment through excellent lifeguarding practices 
  • Carrying out regular cleaning and maintenance regimes
  • Preparation of activity area and equipment
  • Attendance at regular pool training

A Recreation Assistant is responsible for the cleaning, preparation and general safety of areas in a sport and recreation facility. In ‘wet-side’ facilities they will have a key responsibility for the safety of customers in the swimming pool and its surrounding areas. In ‘dry-side’ facilities there may be a greater emphasis on the setting up, taking down and storage of equipment. In both cases Recreation Assistants are the first point of contact with customers and will need strong communication and social skills.

Through work experience, coaching, training and development (both practical and vocational),  and from completing a structured learning programme to obtain work related qualifications, develop and demonstrate both an understanding of and capability to carry out the activities of a practising Leisure Assistant / Lifeguard.

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 unaided without ladders/steps and where pool design permits

If you are a strong swimmer, keen to learn and an enthusiastic team player you could find yourself enjoying the following benefits:

  • Good personal development opportunities available
  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • Competitive salary
  • Discounted Membership 
  • Ride to Work Scheme
  • Pension scheme 
  • Career development opportunities
  • Extensive training prospects

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The ability to deal with customers and their queries’ and concerns with tact and sensitivity as well as the ability to promote, market, and sell the service and centre.

  • The ability to work as part of a team and deliver high quality service with minimal supervision in potentially pressurised situations.
  • The ability to control a group of pupils within coaching sessions.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and IT literate.

Personal qualities

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 unaided without ladders/steps and where pool design permits.

Qualifications required

No formal qualifications required.

Future prospects

Opportunity to progress with your career and qualifications with GLL. We offer careers for everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whether your ambitions lie in leisure, sport, libraries, events and catering, culture, health and beauty, corporate support or working with children, you’ll be able to find your perfect job at GLL. We offer unrivalled and award-winning industry training and development. What's more, at GLL we have a range of benefits including pension schemes, discounted leisure centre and gym memberships, childcare vouchers and a ride to work scheme to name a few. We work hard, but we believe in work/life balance and offer a great social scene too.

Things to consider

The key dates are to be used as a guide only. Should the right candidate be found, this vacancy may close early.

About the employer

GLL is one of the UK’s largest leisure providers. You may have heard of us from our ‘Better’ branded gyms, leisure centres and libraries. We operate over 300 different sport, leisure and cultural facilities right across the country, so there’s bound to be something near you. We partner with local councils and we’re also a charitable Social Enterprise: that means that everything we do is for the benefit of the communities that we work within. It includes everything from making leisure and cultural spaces accessible and affordable, to getting people from all walks of life fit, healthy and active and providing career and training opportunities to local people too. We’re proud of the great work we do and have won lots of awards for our training programmes that get people into long-term careers with us. The apprenticeship programme is delivered by our very own GLL College. For over 20 years, GLL College has been a pioneering source for training and staffing. We specialise in providing the skills and qualifications to keep you one step ahead in today’s cutting-edge sports and leisure industries.

Employer

Thame Leisure Centre

Address

Oxford Road

Thame

OX9 2BB

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Training provider

  • Level 2 NVQ in Activity Leadership
  • Diploma in Leisure Operations
  • Diploma in Fitness Instructing
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • Possible Level 1 Teaching/Coaching qualification
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship framework

Activity Leadership

Training provider

GREENWICH LEISURE LTD

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by GREENWICH LEISURE LTD

Contact

GLL Apprenticeships Apprenticeships@GLL.ORG


Employer's Application Instructions

If you have any problems submitting your application then please contact us at Apprenticeships@GLL.org


This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 08 Oct 2017