Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are more popular than ever, offering an excellent entry to a successful career, and are highly respected across business and industry.

A modern apprenticeship scheme is dynamic. A modern apprenticeship scheme receives Government funding. A modern apprenticeship scheme constitutes a fantastic return on investment for employees and employers.

Our scheme is designed for a new and existing workforce. Our scheme is for those wishing to learn. Our scheme is for those looking to step up a gear. Our scheme is your journey.

Choose an ICON Apprenticeship scheme that supports you and your team throughout the training process, with direction from a training provider and mentoring from your employer representative.

So, what are the benefits of an ICON Apprenticeship scheme?

Employee Benefits

  • Earn while you learn, and pay no fees for the privilege. The average university debt is estimated at £44,035*
  • The current Government has committed to making 3 million new apprentices between 2015 and 2020
  • 85% of apprentices believe they have improved at what they love doing**
  • No need to choose between a degree and an apprenticeship. With degree equivalent, Level 6 Apprenticeships now available, and more being developed daily, your apprenticeship scheme can progress with you and your career
  • Learn with your hands on the wheel, with access to industry professional mentors and assessors
  • Get more out of life: boost confidence, communication, and clarity. Skills from the work place are skills for life
  • Become a valuable team member: a ready qualified, independent, commercial thinker
  • Make yourself make a difference

If you are a potential learner looking to start an apprenticeship, you can find and apply for vacancies here.

Employer Benefits

  • Pay no National Insurance contributions for an apprentice under 25. This is an annual saving of £950+***
  • Receive financial incentives from government of anything from £500 – £10,800 per apprentice
  • Complimentary recruitment service supplied by ICON
  • Attract young talent to your business, before your competitors, who can grow with your company and uphold your brand standards
  • Recruit from your local community and benefit from the local PR
  • Develop your existing workforce by progressing them to a higher level role. Apprenticeships are not just for young people, but existing staff too
  • 70% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service****
  • From April 2017 employers with a payroll over £3,000,000 will pay a levy of 0.5% of their payroll on a “use it or lose it” basis. See our levy calculator for more details
  • Retain staff for at least 366 days whilst they complete their apprenticeship

Creating an environment for success is more than just about training, it’s creating a place where people grow in confidence, a place where people flourish, a place where every day is a good day to come to work.

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to,” Richard Branson. *****

If you are an employer looking to start an apprenticeship scheme, click here to register your interest.

*http://www.ifs.org.uk/comms/r93.pdf

**Apprenticeship Evaluation: survey of learners (2014)

***Based on an apprentice earning National Living Wage or approx. £0.46p per hour per apprentice, working 40 hours per week

****Apprenticeship Evaluation: survey of employers (2014)

***** www.virgin.com/richard-branson/look-after-your-staff

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Pathways

This diploma will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills required to pursue a career as a Fitness Instructor or later progress onto a Personal Trainer. The diploma is delivered over a timescale of 1 year and you will be required to demonstrate your competency across this period of time. An attraction of this diploma is the wide variety of qualifications you will come away with once complete. There are between 7 and 9 mandatory units which are generic to all occupations within the Active Leisure Sector, but you can then select optional units to suit your career pathway.

An example of a potential pathway for a fitness professional includes the following units:

  • Fitness Instruction Gym-Based
  • Activity Leadership
  • Circuit training instructor
  • Studio Cycling instructor or Kettlebells instructor

There is also an option to focus on the Aquatics pathway rather than Fitness Instructor route if you wish. Functional skills in Mathematics and English Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening complete the makeup of the overall diploma.

This qualification will be assessed across a variety of methods including, multiple choice theory exams, observed assessments, written documents and a portfolio of evidence.

Upon completion of this diploma you can progress onto Level 3 Leisure Management, Level 3 Personal Training or one of many other level 2 and 3 courses.

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This diploma provides a combination of essential business administration knowledge and skills to enable you to further your career in an administrative environment. You will learn skills such as administering finance and human resource records, collating and reporting data, handling mail, managing diary systems and communicating in a business environment.

The extended programme is delivered across 12 months allowing you to demonstrate your competence over time and prove your ability to perform consistently. The qualification is valued and recognised by employers and you help you progress in job roles such as administrations assistants, receptionists, secretary and personal assistant. Upon completion of this diploma you could progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Business and Administration or a Level 3 Management qualification.

Functional skills in ICT, Mathematics and English make up the final elements of this qualification. Methods of assessment used throughout the course include completion of worksheets, course work, producing a portfolio of evidence and observations in the work environment.

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The mandatory units of the Level 2 Customer Service Diploma will provide you with a range of skills to ensure you are able to develop the essential soft skills required to offer consistent levels of customer care. The optional units will then help provide you with skills such as, effectively communicating with customers, developing customer relationships and dealing with customer problems.

The qualification is delivered across a 12 month framework also consisting of Functional Skills in Mathematics and English. The extended programme allows you to demonstrate your competence over time and prove your ability to perform consistently. The qualification is valued and recognised by employers, helping you improve your career opportunities to the customer service field. After completing this diploma, you could progress onto a Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service or a Management qualification.

Assessment methods used during the course include completion of worksheets, course work, producing a portfolio of evidence and observations in the work environment.

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The Team Leading Diploma will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to be an effective team leader, floor manager, supervisor or coordinator.

There are 5 mandatory units to this qualification which focus on providing you with a wide range of skills to support the leadership and management of teams such as the principles of team leading, communicating work- related information, managing personal performance and business understanding. Optional units can then be selected around your current job role or you may divert to areas where you would like to specialise in.

A variety of assessment methods will be used within the workplace to collect evidence of learning including, assignments, worksheets, observations and witness testimonies. You will be required to prove your ability to perform consistently in your job role over a 12 month period, demonstrating your competency and applying the newly developed skills. The accredited qualification is valued and recognised by employers and can assist your career opportunities in leadership and management. Once you complete this qualification you can then progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Management.

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This qualification is ideal if you are a leisure centre employee acting in an operational role under supervision for example Leisure Attendants, Recreational Assistants and other front line staff.

The NVQ consists of 4 mandatory units and a minimum of 4 optional units to suit your job role and career pathway. The mandatory units will teach you about the importance of creating positive impressions, effective teamwork, health and safety, equality and diversity. The optional units then allow you to select focus subjects in areas around equipment usage, facility cleanliness and maintenance, customer care and safety, and team leading.

All units will be assessed within your workplace through methods such as practical demonstrations, assignments, question and answer worksheets, coursework and producing a portfolio of evidence.

Upon completion you will receive a variety of certificates including:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Mathematics and English
  • Level 2 Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 2 Certificate in Leisure Operations
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate

Achievement of this qualification enables direct progression to L2 Team Leading, L3 Management or L3 Leisure Management.

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This qualification is designed to develop you as an Activity Leader, Outdoor Activity Instructor or Community Leader in the active leisure sector. If you deliver kids clubs over the school holidays this course will help you plan, deliver and evaluate activity sessions.

During the course you will learn how to structure, lead and evaluate sessions, incorporate principles of training, promote equality and diversity within sessions, create positive impressions, plus more.

Achievement of this framework will provide you with certificates in:

  • Functional Skills in Mathematics and English
  • Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Award in Leading Health Related Activity Sessions
  • NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership

You will be required to demonstrate your competency over a period of 12 months, which will be assessed through coursework, practical demonstrations, assignments and producing a portfolio of evidence. Achievement of the Activity Leadership qualification enables progression to level 3 qualifications.

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This is a competence-based sales qualification providing you with an opportunity to be assessed over a 12 month period, on both practical and theoretical aspects of working in a sales environment. Selling is an important role in all businesses and this qualification will help raise your understanding of sales techniques and procedures including, time planning, legal and regulatory requirements, face- to-face selling and selling by telephone.

The Sales NVQ contains the following qualifications:

  • Functional Skills in Mathematics and English
  • Certificate in Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Certificate in the Principles of Sales
  • NVQ Certificate in Sales

Assessment methods used during this qualification include presentations, practical observations, coursework, assignments and producing a portfolio of evidence.

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This qualification focusses on giving you a range of customer service skills to ensure you are able to understand the customer service environment and retain customers, resolve customer problems, understand how to organise and deliver effective customer service, effectively communicate with customers verbally and in writing, championing customer service to exceed expectations and use technology to improve customer service.

To complete this qualification, you will need to be in a position to influence changes and make improvements to the level of service offered to customers. You will need to demonstrate your competence over time, by proving your ability to perform in the job role consistently. This qualification is valued and recognised by employers and can help secure long-term employment within job roles such as customer relationship manager, customer support officer, customer service team leader or key customer account manager.

The Diploma is made up of the following qualifications:

  • Functional Skills in Mathematics and English
  • Certificate in Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Diploma in Customer Service

Your competency, knowledge and skills will be assessed through worksheets, course work, observations in work environment and building a portfolio of evidence.

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The Diploma in Management is aimed toward first line managers, departmental managers, assistant managers or trainee managers. This is a competency based qualification and you will be assessed within your workplace, so you will need to be in a position where you can carry out projects and implement changes.

There are five mandatory units to this diploma which focus on providing you with a wide range of skills to help understand the principles of management and effectively manage people and team performance; alongside your own professional development. The optional units will then enable you to gain additional knowledge and skills in subjects such as implementing change, managing conflict within a team, reviewing the quality of customer service, recruitment or project management.

A variety of assessment methods will be used within your workplace to collect evidence of learning including written assignments and worksheets, observations and witness testimonies.

As this is an extended diploma you will be required to demonstrate your ability to perform consistently over a 12 month period. The accredited qualification is valued and recognised by employers and can assist your career opportunities in leadership and management. Once you complete this qualification you can then progress to the ILM Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

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The Leisure Management Diploma is an ideal qualification if you are an existing Duty Manager or looking to progress from a Leisure Assistant into a similar role. The course is designed to allow you to prove competency, knowledge and skills in dealing with performance of other staff, the well-being and safety of customers, improving the customer’s experience, managing own professional development and supervising maintenance of equipment and facilities.

Throughout the course you will learn more about different management styles, evaluating customer satisfaction, setting SMART targets, leading team meetings, assessing risks and ensuring customer welfare, plus much more. These skills will help you deal with the day-to-day operations of a sport and recreation facility.

The NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management contains the following qualifications:

  • Functional Skills in Mathematics and English
  • Certificate in Leisure Management
  • NVQ Certificate in Leisure Management

Competency during the course will be assessed through completion of worksheets, work based practical observations, assignments and building a portfolio of evidence.

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This qualification is an excellent progression route if you are already a qualified fitness instructor looking to design personalised programmes to meet client needs, or you’re interested in offering personal training as an additional service. Within our Personal Training package, we deliver a module based on business skills to help provide you with the knowledge to set up and build your own potential business.

Within the course you will learn more about anatomy and physiology, functional kinesiology, fitness testing, postural assessments, periodisation, advanced training systems, nutrition, analysing eating patterns, goal setting, plus much more. All the skills covered within the course will help stand you out above other Personal Trainers.

The NVQ Diploma in Personal Training contains the following qualifications:

  • Functional Skills in Mathematics and English
  • Certificate in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure
  • Diploma in Personal Training and Business Skills for Fitness Professionals
  • NVQ Diploma in Personal Training

Completion of the course will provide entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3.
Your competency, knowledge and skills will be assessed through multiple choice theory exams, practical demonstrations, case study assignments, worksheets and presenting a portfolio of evidence.

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