Apprenticeships in numbers

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Apprenticeships in numbers. An apprenticeship is a real job with training that enables you to earn while you learn whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.


The number of people who work in the sports or fitness industries, in about 230,000 businesses and organisations throughout the country.


Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete.


From 1 April 2017 The National Minimum Wage will be £3.50 per hour for apprentices under 19 in the first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age (£5.60 per hour for those aged 18 to 20; £7.05 21 to 24; and £7.50 25 and over). The average apprentice takes home around £170 per week.


Research shows that apprentices earn, on average, around £77,000 more over their lifetime than other employees. This figure rises to £117,000 for those who have completed an Advanced Level apprenticeship.


You’ll get at least 20 days of paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays. You’ll also receive the same benefits as other employees, which may include a pension and subsidised canteen and leisure facilities. You may also be entitled to additional money for other essentials.


There are four levels of apprenticeship, starting with the Intermediate and advanced (Levels 2 and 3), the equivalent to five GCSE’s A-C and two A-levels respectively. Both involve working towards work-based qualifications, as well as functional skills and in most cases a relevant knowledge-based qualification. With a Higher Apprenticeship (Levels 4 to 7), you can add a Foundation Degree, and with a Degree Apprenticeship (Levels 6 and 7) you’re helping to build the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future.

Financial support

If you’re between 16 and 18, the government will pay the full cost of your training. If you’re over 19, your employer may be expected to contribute to your training costs. The funding you’re eligible to receive depends entirely on your circumstances, your employer and the type of apprenticeship.


In 2013/14, half a million individuals started an apprenticeship. There are 27,000 advertised on a daily basis. Almost 90 per cent stay in employment at the end of their apprenticeship.


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This is the number of coaches currently in the UK across schools clubs, leisure centres and sports clubs, and the number is growing all the time. There are 2 types of coaching apprenticeship. At intermediate level, you could train in coaching roles in diving, tennis, water polo, community sports or swimming, or as a club coach, instructor or swimming teacher. The advanced level could see you train as a senior, club or fitness coach.


The fitness industry has been stable throughout the economic downturn, and with 30 per cent of the fitness workforce under 30, there’s no better time to get involved. An intermediate fitness apprenticeship could result in work as a fitness or gym instructor. With more advanced training, you could become a personal trainer.

You’re the boss

Fancy a career in leisure management or operations? The former could see you work as a club or duty manager responsible for the day-to-day operations of a leisure facility, which can include customer care, managing and maintaining facilities and the health of safety of staff and customers.

Helping people be better

A sports development apprenticeship enables you to organise projects, programmes, information and training to encourage people to increase their activity and have a healthier lifestyle, or to participate more actively in their community. The work can include developing performance, community sport and physical activity and/or participation for particular target groups.

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