Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing

Modern Apprenticeship



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 a:

  • leisure attendant

  • lifeguard

  • activity leader

  • assistant coach or instructor, sport and outdoor

  • assistant playworker

  • gym assistant

  • leisure supervisor

  • junior instructor

  • junior, assistant or trainee coach

  • playwork supervisor

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will gain a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Levels 5, 6 or 7. Select each level to see the framework document and qualification at that level.

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5/6

To start at this level, candidates don’t need previous experience.

SCQF Level 6/7

For this level 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

SCQF Level 5/6

After completing this level, employees could progress to the SCQF Level 6/7 apprenticeship.

SCQF Level 6/7

After completing the apprenticeship at this level, 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 it can allow candidates to broaden their expertise into other areas within active leisure and learning.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It'll take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider