Right after I finished my school in Lithuania I came to UK. I worked as customer advisor for a year to improve my language skills. After that I got in to university in Loughborough (physics with cosmylogy) but soon I realised that lots of theory is not for me so I left uni. Now I don't know what to do with my future. I don't have much experience in anything and have no idea what course should i choose or to try uni again at all. I need action based life. The only thing I liked and was good in my school life was sport. I just remembered that I was in charge of teaching new guys in gym I used to go. Maybe job as a personal trainer could fit me?
For now I will go back in London to work as cust ad and repay some debts. I am 19 and live on my own without support.
Last edited by ChrisSpeedy; 11-23-2012 at 06:01 PM.
Given that you live alone and have to support yourself you might want to check out apprenticeships. These courses usually last for 12 to 24 months and you get paid a wage plus your tuition is free.
I have found the details of three apprenticeships in London in sport and leisure which might suit you:
Lifetime Health & Fitness Ltd. have a number of apprenticeship vacancies in London working in leisure centres and gyms. GLL are offering 12 Apprenticeship Recreation Assistant positions across London. Upon successful completion of the training period employees will have the opportunity to apply to work in one of their leisurecentres in Tower Hamlets, Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Lambeth or Kensington and there may be other opportunities available in other Partnerships.
Although no previous experience or qualifications are required applicants must be able to swim, dive to the bottom of the pool and climb out of a pool unaided in order to be able to excel as a Lifeguard.
Successful applicants will be required to attend an intensive training programme based in central London for the first three weeks of their employment.
The initial training required to become a Recreation Assistant will be delivered by Lifetime on behalf of GLL and will cover the following qualifications:
•Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing
•Key Skills Application of Number Level 1
•Key Skills Communication Level 1
•Certificate in Leisure Operations
•Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning Level 2
•National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)*Certificate in Swimming Pool Supervision and Rescue
please call Helen Wheeler on 01173 147473
[Lifetime Leisure are also running a four week 'Pre-Employment Training' in Croydon, Wembley and Brentford to prepare you for a career in sport and fitness. Being part of the Trainee troupe helps you get one step closer to working in the fitness and sport industry, and it all starts here with a four week course.
Made up of a mixture of gym work blended with in-centre training and some home study our courses are designed to help you succeed, approaching tasks in hands on, practical ways.
You join us Monday – Friday 9am-5:30pm and will cover all the skills you need to become a Fitness Instructor plus team working, complaint handling, customer service, sales and first aid.
No two days are the same in the fitness industry so to give you a flavour of what to expect we surround you with experts, so as well as meeting new friends you’ll also get to know your Tutor and Employment Officer who support you throughout the course. Whilst on the course you will be working towards the following qualifications:
• Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Lifetime Awarding)
• Internal Certificate in Sales Foundation
• Internal Certificate in Interactive Instructor
This is a free course but is not an apprenticeship so you do not get paid.]
Vacancy Title: Assistant Sports Coach
Location: Orpington London BR5 3FG
Training Provider: Catch 22 Charity Limited
Employer: Cray Wanderers Community Scheme Ltd
The employer is a sports coaching organisation working within local communities in Kent. The scheme prides itself on a 'sport for everyone' principle - ensuring a safe, healthy and fun-filled environment for children of any ability.
Working Week Mon-Sat, 30 hrs.
Weekly Wage £ 80.00
Learning Provider Description:
Catch 22 is a charity dedicated to helping young people out of difficult situations and supporting them to make positive changes in their lives. We believe every young person deserves the chance to get on in life, to have a roof over their heads, to go to school and to work for a living. Catch22 Training has been helping young people to make a positive start for over twenty-five years - you’ll have known us in the past as Rainer South East Training. Our friendly team of specialists, support workers and volunteers can help you. Catch22 Training treats people as individuals. We have innovative programmes that allow you to learn new skills both in vocational and personal areas. Our experience tells us that not all young people start from the same point. We look at who you are, what your needs are, and what your aspirations are. All of our programmes are designed to help you decide what your goals are, and reach them, giving you opportunities to further or career, training and personal development.
Swimming Coach Apprenticeship
Erith Leisure Centre
Parkwood Leisure is looking for one apprentice to complete the Level 2 Teaching Aquatics Apprenticeship at Erith Leisure Centre.
The Intermediate Level Teaching Aquatics Apprenticeship will provide apprentices with the skills and qualifications they need to develop a career within the leisure industry. The apprenticeship lasts 12 months and during the apprenticeship, apprentices will undertake the following training:
• 1st4sport Intermediate Level Diploma Coaching Learn to Swim (QCF)
• 1st4sport Intermediate Level Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
• ASA/UKCC Level 1 Teaching Aquatics qualification (if not already held)
• ASA/UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics qualification
• Intermediate Level National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
• Functional Skills
During the apprenticeship, the apprentice would be employed as a Recreation Assistant and would undertake a range of duties such as customer service, cleaning, lifeguarding, teaching aquatics to children and adults as well as undertaking projects to support the centre managers as required.
Potential candidates need to be hardworking, positive, enthusiastic and willing to learn and develop.
Another option you could discuss with a careers adviser is the possibility of doing a higher education course related to sport/leisure/fitness/coaching. It sounds like you have a science background - if this includes Biology you might want to look at Sports Science courses.
I hope you find this helpful. Please get back in touch if there is anything else I can help you with.
notgoingtouni careers adviser
Last edited by ChrisSpeedy; 11-23-2012 at 05:59 PM.