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This Modern Apprenticeship offers two levels for employees beginning their career in leisure, or developing their skills further. It’s suitable for employees working as leisure attendants, lifeguards, activity leaders, assistant coach/instructors (sport and outdoors), assistant playworkers, gym assistants, leisure supervisors, junior instructors, junior/assistant/trainee coaches, or playwork supervisors.


SCQF level 5/6

Your employee will study for a qualification in either:

  • Instructing exercise and fitness at SCQF level 5
  • Sport and active leisure: Operational Services at SCQF level 5
  • Activity Leadership at SCQF level 5
  • Playwork at SCQF level 6
  • Sports coaching at SCQF level 6
Entry requirements

Candidates don’t need previous experience at this level.

Progression and development

After completing this level, employees could progress to the SCQF level 6 apprenticeship.

SCQF qualification level explained

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SCQF level 6/7

Your employee will study for a qualification in either:

  • Leisure management at SCQF level 7
  • Outdoor programmes (Outdoor recreation or outdoor education) at SCQF level 6
  • Playwork at SCQF level 7
  • Personal training at SCQF level 6
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, but it may be useful if candidates have already completed the MA at SCQF level 5 or have some experience in a similar role.

Progression and development

After completing this apprenticeship, candidates should be in a position to progress within the industry.

It’s designed to help them progress from operational level to junior management or equivalent; or allow opportunities for candidates to broaden their expertise into other areas within active leisure and learning.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Training contribution calculator

Find out how much of a contribution we pay a provider towards the cost of training of apprentices.

The calculator shows what SDS will pay. Contact your learning provider to find out how much you need to contribute.

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