Leisure Centre Apprentice (Swim teaching, Lifeguard, Gym Instruction) The Wave

The Leisure Centre Apprentice will have a love of sports and fitness. They will play a vital role in improving public health by supporting, enhancing and delivering day to day operations & services of a leisure / fitness facility. This involves poolside duties / lifeguarding, delivering swimming lessons, gym instruction & general customer service.

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Closing date: 26 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    30 hours per week, hours will be determined by shift patterns for the individual centres (Open 7 days a week between 6.30am and 10pm). The role will potentially involve evening and weekend work.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

The Leisure Team Member will have a love of sports and fitness, and be physically active themselves. They will play a vital role in improving public health by supporting, enhancing and delivering the day to day operations and services of a leisure / fitness facility.

  • Supporting the day to day operations and services of a leisure / fitness facility 
  • Working directly with children and adults of all ages  
  • Working collaboratively with a wide range of partner organisations 
  • Undertaking routine maintenance of equipment and maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the environment 
  • They may need to act as a Lifeguard, Swimming Teacher, Gym Instructor, and Group Activity Leader 
  • Setting up equipment for activities, events and competitions 
  • Offering excellent customer service as a first point of contact for customers, answering queries and dealing with straightforward complaints (underpinned by excellent product knowledge) 
  • Maintaining accurate records and promoting activities using facilities IT systems 

By the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have the skills to work as a Fitness Instructor, Lifeguard and Swimming Teacher.  

The training you will be getting

The blended learning delivery design encompasses a range of methods to engage apprentices and offers a rich and exciting programme. Your training programme will involve:

  • Level 2 Leisure Team Member Apprenticeship Standard 
  • Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding  
  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness or Gym Instruction  
  • Level 3 certificate in First Aid  
  • Level 2 in Teaching Swimming 
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if needed
  • Skills festival days for additional added value CPD:
    • Safeguarding / Prevention
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Employability skills 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

By the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have the skills to work as a Fitness Instructor, Lifeguard and Swimming Teacher.  

We will support you in your personal and professional development by providing you with the underpinning knowledge, skills and experience for the following:

  • Careers within the sports & leisure industry
  • Potential further employment with the employer
  • Opportunity for further education

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Strong swimmer


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4+) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4+) Desired

About the employer

At CV Life, we are dedicated to bringing the benefits that sport, health and fitness provides to the people of Coventry. We offer fantastic facilities for all the family, and for every level of fitness and skill. Everyone is welcome at CV Life! Our centres across the city provide a wide range of sporting facilities including; a 50m and two 25m swimming pools, health spas, fitness suites, 3G football pitches and much more. Finding a variety of activities you enjoy and integrating exercise into your daily routine is the perfect way of staying healthy – and at CV Life we want to provide easy opportunities to do just that. We have locations in every part of the city, making access to health and fitness even easier – from The Alan Higgs Centre in the South East to the Xcel Leisure Centre in the South West The Wave in the very centre of Coventry; whilst Centre AT7 and Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre are to the North of Coventry is a community fitness centre with premium facilities. An active Lifestyle is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing – and we all achieve it differently. At CV Life, we want to help as many people as possible to access the activities that work best for them.


The Wave


The Wave

New Union Street



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Wendy Jackson


Apprenticeship standard

Leisure team member

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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