Start your career today with an apprenticeship

Earn while you learn and gain the experience and qualifications essential to building your career.

Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to learn on the job, build a network of colleagues, and start a career with GLL (Better leisure centres), the UK’s largest leisure operator. Set the limits of how far you want to go!

Types of Apprenticeship

Tennis Coach Apprenticeship

If you have a passion for tennis, this apprenticeship will get you started in coaching. Subjects covered on the apprenticeship include preparing, coaching and evaluating tennis coaching sessions, working in a team and customer care.

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Recreation Assistant (Multi Skilled) Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship will give you a range of skills, allowing you to work in the fitness, coaching and operations aspects of a leisure centre. Subjects covered include working in a team, preparing for activity sessions, planning and instructing gym exercise and customer service.

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Fitness Instructor Apprenticeship

As a Fitness Instructor Apprentice, you'll learn how to design individually tailored, safe and effective exercise programmes, how to instruct and interact with customers and the opportunity to deliver popular group classes.

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Customer Service Apprenticeship

If you enjoy speaking to and working with people, this Customer Service Apprenticeship could be for you. You'll learn all aspects of customer service from how to handle issues and complaints to building good customer relationships.

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Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) Apprenticeship

If you’re practical and want to be involved in the inner workings of a leisure centre, then this is the apprenticeship for you. This apprenticeship covers a wide range of subjects including Lifeguarding (for centres with a swimming pool), dealing with customers, health and safety and setting up equipment to name a few.

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Management Apprenticeship

Entering into a Management Apprenticeship will help you develop and demonstrate recognisable leadership and management skills. Subjects covered include how to lead a team, understanding financial procedures and how to address performance problems affecting team members.

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Benefits of apprenticeships

Earn while you learn
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No qualification or course fees
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Gain both work experience and qualifications
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Clear opportunities for career and progression within GLL job families
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Opportunities to become qualified to the equivalent of degree level
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GLL employee benefits
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how to get started

At GLL College, you don’t need prior qualifications or experience to apply for an apprenticeship. We only ask that you’re aged 16 or above and are passionate about the leisure industry and improving community services.

Simply search for the vacancy you’re interested in, and enquire or apply by following the instructions on the page.

Alternatively, you can email your details to apprenticeships@gll.org quoting the vacancy you are interested in.

What happens next

First of all, we’ll check your eligibility for apprenticeship funding and then invite you to attend one of our recruitment sessions.

These sessions help us find out a little bit more about you, but more importantly, lets you find out more about GLL College and our apprenticeships so you know that you’re making the right decision in getting your career started.

What they say

“Not only did this apprenticeship give me an opportunity to earn good money and work for a big leisure company, it gave me a chance to gain industry recognised qualifications.”

Darren
Recreation Assistant Apprentice, London Fields Lido

“I love the fact I came from nothing and am now slowly climbing the career ladder. I plan to carry on learning now knowing I can do it.”

Bill
Fitness Apprentice, Wellington Sports Centre

“This apprenticeship has taught me so many new skills and qualities that I can use throughout my leisure career.”

Cory
Recreation Assistant Apprentice, Pancras Leisure Centre