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The Role:

Leisure Services – Leisure Team Apprentice

We have just taken full management of our Leisure and Sport facilities in-house, so we have the ability in the future to directly impact the health and wellbeing of Southwark’s communities. But before we can execute our ambitious plans, we need to recruit and develop a team of talented people. That’s where you come in.

This will be a great opportunity to get yourself on the ladder towards an exciting career in leisure operations (including Lifeguarding), swimming teaching, gym instruction and group activity leadership.

You will undertake the Level 2 Leisure Team Member Apprenticeship which will provide a great opportunity for you to make an impression and establish yourself in the leisure Service team and help establish Southwark Council amongst the best public leisure services providers in the UK.

And when you join us, you’ll find a workplace that invests in and supports you. We’ll help you reach your full potential with a national apprentice training programme designed to give you the very best start to your career in leisure and a chance to land your dream job.

You will be given the opportunity to work in all areas of the service, covering; operations, lifeguarding, fitness instructing, swim teaching and obtain nationally recognised qualifications which are transferable to many jobs in the leisure and coaching sector. You will spend four days a week in the operation working alongside other colleagues and one day a week in a training environment developing your knowledge and recording your progress.

You will be supported throughout your programme by our Apprenticeship support team, Leisure Services Learning and Development Partner, your site General Manager, your Line Manager, a professional tutor from our learning partner, Creative Sport and Leisure (CSL) and your colleagues on site.

You will be based at one site, although with some rotation around at least 1 other centre, and will be supported with a personal laptop and access to a full range of learning resources.

About You:

You will be passionate about working in a leisure environment, strong observational skills, a good communicator and willing to deliver high standards of work.

You will be undertaking manual work, training to save lives in a pool environment and helping people get the best of our fitness facilities. You will need to be active, in good health and a strong and confident swimmer. If invited to the assessment centre you will be required to complete a swim test as part of the process and you must be able to demonstrate that you can as a minimum complete the following:

- Jump/dive into deep water

- Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds

- Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back

- In deep water, tread water for 30 seconds

- Surface dive to the floor of the pool (deepest part)

- Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where pool design permits

Lifeguarding requires high levels of concentration in a challenging environment, other times you will helping maintain high levels of facility presentation or you could be teaching a group of children how to swim. The day will be varied and demanding, but you should complete the apprenticeship with a sound understanding and qualifications to work in all areas of leisure.

You do not require any formal qualifications to start the Apprenticeship. You will be working within an operational work pattern, including early starts (0600), finishing later the evening (2200) and some weekends.

Additional salary details

Additional Information:

Job type – 2 Year Fixed Term Contract

Due to the nature of the work and working with young people, we will require you to complete an Enhanced DBS process.

Comply with and promote the Council’s Equal opportunities policy

You will have full access to use facilities across Southwark Leisure range of sites as part of your learning and the opportunity to stay healthy.

About Southwark 

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population. 

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities.  Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do. 

Recruitment timetable

Advert Closing Date: 11.59pm on Friday 29th September 2023

Assessment Centre Date: Friday 13th October 2023 (Provisional)

If you are invited to the Assessment Centre please ensure you bring with you appropriate swimwear and a Towel.

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.