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Apprentice PE Technician with Administration PENRYN COLLEGE

Th PE Technician and Administration Apprentice will enjoy supporting PE lessons, setting up equipment and assisting with the delivery of holiday activities. In addition to this, the role will support the booking and administration of the letting of school facilities, the school holiday programme and School on Saturday (SOS).

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Closing date: 25 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm and 1pm – 9pm (to be negotiated). During the school holidays candidates will work 8.30am – 4.30pm to support the holiday programmes, with some Saturday opportunities and flexibility in terms of the working week.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main Purpose of Job:

To organise the provision of practical support for the PE department for staff and pupils at all key stages in the college.  To assist in securing an environment in which pupils can safely pursue investigative practical work as directed by the Head of PE and Lifestyle.  To provide efficient and professional administration support to the PE Office under the direction of the Study Support Manager.  To work on the reception desk in the evenings to administer the lettings diary liaising with the Premises Team, as needed.  To work on Saturday mornings, on a rota basis, to provide admin support to the School on Saturday programme.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

PE Technician

  • To prepare materials, equipment and teaching aids for classroom use, at the direction of the head of department.  To tidy up and clean materials and equipment, including breakages and spillages, so as to ensure a safe and hygienic working environment at all times.
  • To support teachers and students during practical work, to include setting up demonstrations and equipment, providing advice to pupils in the development of their tasks, including the safe operation and demonstration of equipment.
  • To assist with overseeing the work of small groups of students engaged in practical tasks, as requested by the head of department and under the supervision of the classroom teacher.
  • To assist with the supervision of students assigned to the department as part of their work experience programme, under the direction of the head of department.
  • To advise members of staff and pupils on particulars hazards and requirements in the use of equipment / materials / experiments in line with COSHH/ safety / CLEAPPS guidance.  To remain aware of current safety guidelines and legislation.
  • To issue and receive back materials, kit and equipment.  To check for missing and damaged equipment against inventories and inform the relevant teacher.
  • To check and test equipment routinely to ensure its good safe working order and to undertake maintenance, repairs and servicing where needed and within the limits of the post holder’s skills and training.  To recommend any necessary repairs or arrange further maintenance for equipment on the approval of the head of department.
  • To operate a system of stock control, ensuring sufficient replenishment of materials within the approved limits and recommending any additional equipment/material requirements to the head of department. 
  • To order stock under the direction of the Head of PE and checking deliveries of stock when received.
  • To monitor and achieve the efficient organisation of the work and storage areas and to ensure the cleanliness, safety and security of these areas at all times.
  • To prepare equipment, materials and rooms for lessons in PE to include: setting out of equipment, organising team kits and transport for fixtures and curriculum activities and preparing trampolines when correctly trained. To issue and receive equipment / kit and to supervise pupils’ safe and appropriate use of specialist equipment/kit.
  • To assist with the delivery of our extensive after school sport programme. Preparing teams for fixtures and competitions.
  • To prepare equipment, team kits and transport for fixtures. To prepare specialist equipment including trampolines once correctly trained. 

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Training will take place on a monthly basis at Lanivet Community Centre, providing opportunities for collaboration between other local apprentices working across Primary and Secondary contexts. Training will be inclusive of:

  • Community Activator Coach Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid Qualification


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We can offer a unique pathway through their apprentice programme, having structured progression opportunities from entry level coach, right through to degree and non-degree level professional qualifications, such as that of the Level 5 Primary School Physical Education Specialism and Level 6 Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership. Opportunities to progress onto the Level 4 Sports Coach apprenticeship may additionally be afforded as deemed appropriate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Essential

About the employer

We’re a lively thriving college, and we pride ourselves on offering the very best for our students. Penryn College caters for boys and girls aged between 11 and 16 years who mainly live in Penryn Town and the surrounding villages of Constantine, Flushing, Mabe, Mawnan Smith, Mylor, Perranwell and Ponsanooth. Students also join us from outlying villages and Falmouth. The PAN for each year group is 210, but the occupational capacity is slightly different by year groups. Currently we are oversubscribed in all year groups. Penryn College opened originally in Falmouth in 1957 and was moved to its present site in 1961. Since that time there has been a programme of continuous improvement and updating of buildings and classrooms. Our biggest development though was the opening in 2008 of our £24 million pound new College building. We have a great range of resources that help us meet the needs of students and the community. For example, through a partnership with the university , we were able to build a 6 badminton court size sports hall and have the latest generation astro turf pitch. The most significant successes to date were: to be designated a Sports College in 1998; a Leading Edge school in 2004; a high performing specialist college in 2006 and we have twice been graded outstanding, in 2006 and 2009. When our students leave us at the age of 16 the majority go to a variety of sixth forms and colleges. These include Falmouth Sixth Form, Falmouth Marine School, Truro College and Cornwall College Camborne. Our students are given help and guidance in their final year to make the most appropriate choices for their post 16 education. At the end of 2010, as an Ofsted rated Outstanding School, we were presented with the opportunity to consider converting to Academy Status in line with the new Government initiative. In March 2011, following consultation with staff, parents, pupils and the local community, Governors made the decision to start the process of conversion and on July 1st 2011 we became an Academy. As an academy we are committed to maintaining all those things that staff, pupils and the community value about Penryn College.




Penryn College

Kernick Road


TR10 8PZ

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Community activator coach

Level 2 (GCSE)

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