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What is a Modern Apprenticeship in Leisure?


Modern Apprenticeships are designed to help you learn whilst working.  You’ll gain hands on experience with your employer and work towards a qualification all while getting paid.  During your apprenticeship, you will receive full training from experienced staff to enable you to complete the day to day activities required in your role.  This work-based learning is aligned with a set criteria allowing you to achieve an SCQF Level 5 (also known as SVQ Level 2) in Operational Services.

There are over 15 leisure facilities throughout Aberdeenshire providing sport and culture opportunities for the community. Within these facilities our qualified and experienced staff deliver a wide range of sport and leisure activities. Working alongside these team members, you will play a part in the delivery of health and safety throughout the facility, assist with delivery coaching sessions and the provide quality customer service.

A Day in the Life

A typical day in a leisure centre involves assisting customers with enquiries, ensuring the safe operation of equipment in the gyms as well as the correct use of facilities including the swimming pool. You will take part in coaching sessions while promoting all available services to the public and help with the overall day to day management of the leisure centre. Studying for your SVQ is completed and assessed as you work, there is no day release to college or exams required.


What happens next?

The Modern Apprenticeship in Leisure is a fixed term role.  While you are not guaranteed a job at the end of your apprenticeship with the Council, most apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship continue into further employment with us.  The table below will give you an idea of the next steps into a career in Sport and Leisure following completion of the Modern Apprenticeship.

How do I become a Modern Apprentice in Leisure?

You will need to register for an account at MyJobScotland and complete an online application form.  Remember to read the Job Profile and refer to this to highlight how you meet the criteria.  Don’t worry if you do not have any recent or relevant experience, we want to give you this, but you must tell us about the transferable skills you have and how you have demonstrated these e.g. communication and organisational skills.  You will have demonstrated these at school or in any work experience you may have done.


Who can apply?

This position requires academic achievement to Scottish National level 5 or Standard grade level or equivalent. Although experience of working with the public would be beneficial, it is not essential.  Working within the public requires a great deal of customer care skills, as well an ability to work under pressure.

To be eligible to apply for this Modern Apprenticeship you must be aged between 16 to 19 years of age.  Or, if you consider yourself to have a disability or are care experienced, aged between 16 to 29 years of age on.  Training and Qualifications gained through this apprenticeship are funded through Skills Development Scotland.


Part of the recruitment for this job includes a swim test – have a look here to see if you would manage.