Applications for the 2020/2021 British Gymnastics Apprenticeship Programme are open to start in autumn 2020.
For the 2020-2021 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.
This year, 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 combined with a Level 2 coaching qualification in Gymnastics, a Level 3 Sport Development Framework (only available for applications up to July 2020).
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."Further information on the programme and application process can be found in the pdf APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME INFORMATION PACK (1.77 MB) . The deadline for applications is 22nd March 2020. For further information, please email Bridgwater & Taunton College Apprenticeship Team on [email protected] or British Gymnastics [email protected]