Launch of Trailblazer Apprenticeship Programme gives Activity Employers greater control of workforce development

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23 October 2014

Launch of Trailblazer Apprenticeship Programme gives Activity Employers greater control of workforce development

Employers from the Physical Activity sector have joined with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and leading not-for-profit health body ukactive to secure a Trailblazer for the Physical Activity Sector. The programme places responsibility for defining apprenticeship standards for Personal Trainers and Leisure Managers in the hands of employers led by Places for People Leisure and including David Lloyd Leisure, Everyone Active, Greenwich Leisure Limited, Carlisle Leisure, Parkwood Leisure, Hilton, 1Life, 1610, Jubilee Hall Trust, ESPH, Fitness Express, Virgin Active, Greenwich Leisure Limited, LA Fitness and Nuffield Health.

 

The announcement comes at a time when plans are forming for all apprenticeships funding to be  re-routed through their employers, empowering the sector's decision makers to invest in the quality of training and workforce development,

 

Nationally, Apprenticeships schemes support over 500,000 learners and attract in excess of £750m per year in funding. The Trailblazers development has been heralded as a considerable win for the employers as they look to play a greater role in determining the standards for occupations in their sectors, and moving quickly to develop examples of the new system working in practice. For a sector apprentice, it also means a more streamlined programme, with less duplication across units.

 

David Stalker, CEO, ukactive said: "Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of our sector, but they have to be managed carefully to deliver optimal results and keep up with labour market demand. Putting employers in the driving seat strategically, but also offering them purchasing power is a step-change that will result in a more effective function at the heart of our growing sector."

 

Skills Minister Nick Boles said, "I congratulate the Physical Activity sector for the key role it is playing in developing new top-quality apprenticeships. Through the trailblazers initiative companies like Places for People, in collaboration with their industry partners, will give people the skills they need to thrive and our businesses need to compete."

 

CIMSPA, Interim COO Tara Dillon said, "The education and training system has changed significantly over the last several years, it is now entirely employer led and so we must organise our sector in respose to this challenge. The Trailblazer is the first example of the sector and employers working in such a structure and we couldn't be happier to support".

 

The Chair of the Activity Trailblazer, Richard Millard, Places for People Sports Development Director & Operations Support Director says, "I am delighted that the sector has achieved this important recognition, apprenticeships are at the heart of so many of our businesses within the sector so it is crucial that employers have the ability to review, revise and develop new standards that will sit behind our apprenticeships."

 

"The Trailblazer marks a new means of developing professional and occupational standards that is truly employer led, so I encourage all employers to look out for our communications and consultations"

 

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Notes to editors

 

The Trailblazers submission was led by Places for People Leisure and features groups of employers initially from the leisure and fitness sectors. The Fitness Group will first develop an apprenticeship standard for Personal Training whilst the Leisure Group will produce a standard for Leisure Management.

 

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Announcement:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-apprenticeships-in-england-guidance-for-trailblazers

 

  • The Activity Trailblazer is governed by a project management group consisting of:
    • Places for People, Richard Millard, Sports Development Director
    • Everyone Active, Ben Beevers, Associate Director
    • David Lloyd Leisure, Karen Todd, Learning & Development Manager
    • Greenwich Leisure Limited, Jeff Lynch, Director of Human Resources
    • Nuffield Health, Nick Green, Head of Healthy Start Programmes
    • Virgin Active, Pip Werbinski, Head of Learning and Development

 

  • CIMSPA manages and provides the secretariat for the Activity Trailblazer.

 

  • A wider network of employers will be involved in the drafting of the apprenticeship standards including:

 

 

Leisure

Fitness

Organisation

Names

Title

Organisation

Name

Title

Carlisle Leisure

Karen Armstrong

HR Manager

David Lloyd Leisure

 

Karen Todd

Learning & Development Manager

Everyone Active

Ben Beevers

Associate Director

ESPH

Max Sharp

Managing Director

Greenwich Leisure Limited

Jeff Lynch

Director of HR

Fitness Express

Dave Courteen

Managing Director

Jubilee Hall Trust

Phil Rumbelow

Chief Executive

Fitness First

Neil Tune

UK HR Director

Nottingham City Council

John Wileman

Head of Sport, Community and Leisure Centres

Hilton

Kathryn Porter

HR Director

Parkwood Leisure

Alan Tucker

HR Director

Virgin Active

Pip Werbinski

Head of Learning and Development

Places for People Leisure

Richard Millard

Sports Development Director

Nuffield Health and Fitness

Nick Green

Head of Healthy Start Programmes

1Life

Julie Chappell

HR Director

LA Fitness

Eve Sukhandam

HR Director

1610

Tim Nightingale

CEO

 

 

 

 

 

  • Between October and February a consultation on the draft standards will be conducted with Training Providers, Awarding Organisations and Employers.

 

  • In February the Standards for Leisure Manager and Personal Trainer will be submitted to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) after which additional standards will be developed by the group.

 

  • Once the Activity Trailblazer has designed its standards for Leisure Manager and Personal Trainer it will proceed to develop the standards for additional areas within sport and activity.

 

  • Between October and February a consultation on the draft standards will be conducted with Training Providers, Awarding Organisations and Employers.

 

 

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