A NEW course which offers 16 -18 year olds a progression route into the Sport and Leisure Industry has been pioneered by leading local sports authorities. The latest collaboration from the Tyne Metropolitan College and Active Northumberland partnership brings an exciting new venture to the Sports and Leisure sector aimed at bridging the skills gap within the Leisure Industry.

The partnership sees the College and Active Northumberland delivering a bespoke programme, providing a course that meets the specific needs of the Leisure Industry.  This course is aimed at 16-18 year olds who are passionate about a career in the leisure and fitness industry. It is a 2 year, full-time course which will be based at Concordia Leisure Centre.

Active Northumberland’s Nathan Rogerson said: “The Leisure Industry has enjoyed a boom in recent years which has meant a significant skills shortage; so we are focused on delivering a qualification that both employers and employees can benefit from. We’ve worked with TyneMet for a number of years and have been delighted in the results from the established apprenticeship programme, it was a natural step for them to be involved – TyneMet has worked closely with us to develop a course fitting to our needs, and we’ve really benefited from their vocational expertise”.

The current apprenticeship programme has seen a number of young people working towards the career of their dreams, Scott Appleby a sport development apprentice at TyneMet said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time on the apprenticeship, it’s been really varied and exciting – with a lot of support offered along the way. I want to progress as much as I can and I’m now looking at options such as university or entering employment”.

The partnering organisations are inviting those interested to come along to an open night event on the 10th February from 6pm at Concordia Leisure Centre, with sports professionals on hand to answer questions about the full time programme which begins in September.

Nathan Rogerson added, “We’re always looking for talent, this is a unique approach and we want to ensure strong employment opportunities across the board to future proof our workforce. With leisure facilities across the county, this is just the tip of the iceberg”.

Jonathan Rees, Deputy Head of Sport and Leisure said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in the leisure industry, our aim as an education provider is to supply the skills employers require, employers have identified a shortage in learners coming out of post 16 education with the relevant skills, qualifications and experience to be successful in the industry and we have developed this course alongside Active Northumberland to help bridge the gap between education and employment”.

Find out more about enrolling on the Level 3 Diploma in Fitness, Coaching and Leisure Operations at the Launch Event on the 10th February at 6pm at Concordia Leisure Centre where you will find out key information about the course and speak to sports professionals about a career in the Leisure Industry.

For more information about the course in partnership with Active Northumberland call Tyne Metropolitan College on 0191 229 5000