Applications for the British Gymnastics Apprenticeship Programme in collaboration with Bridgwater & Taunton College are now being accepted on a rolling basis.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, British Gymnastics will continue delivering its bespoke Apprenticeship Programme. The programme is designed to support registered clubs to increase capacity and participation within their environment, by employing an apprentice directly in conjunction with the British Gymnastics Apprenticeship Programme.
An aim of the programme is to provide both clubs and individuals with the opportunity of full-time careers in the sport, and to continue developing high quality coaching and club operations. Apprentices will undertake long distance learning with regular visits from assessors in their workplace, alongside two practical and theory based residentials at Lilleshall National Sport Centre.
The programme will run in partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College, who have delivered apprenticeships since 2006. Working with the college provides an opportunity to deliver a complete apprenticeship offer where the apprentice can achieve either a nationally recognised qualification or membership of an appropriate professional institution, alongside bespoke gymnastics training.
The programme has been designed to support future coaches and club managers within registered club environments and individuals can study Apprenticeship standards, which have been developed by employers within the industry. Apprentices can choose to study either, the Level 2 Community Activator Coach Standard, the Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer Standard, or, BRAND NEW this year, the Level 4 Sports Coach with a choice of pathways. Each apprenticeship standard includes a relevant British Gymnastics Coaching Qualification too. More information on the different levels of apprenticeships can be found in the Information Pack**
An apprentice that took part in the first year of the programme said: "I would recommend the British Gymnastics Apprenticeship Programme to others, as you get to build knowledge and relevant skills, whilst training on the job. You also get to develop a relationship and connection with British Gymnastics who can support you to progress your skills and abilities further with the support of additional courses and CPD, such as the training residentials they provide."
**Please note the Level 1 or Level 2 coaching qualification can be completed in any discipline. However, this qualification must still be completed within the apprenticeship timeframe and is therefore subject to the availability of courses.
Funding is current and applicable if an apprentice enrols onto their chosen coaching course whilst still completing their apprenticeship. There is no obligation of funding for a free coaching course after completion of the apprenticeship.