Leisure Operations and Leisure Management (England)

Framework status: Current (latest) issue

Framework details

Framework ID: FR04317
Issue number: 11
Issued: 24 July 2018

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Contact name: Jane Goldsbro
Telephone number: 033 0004 0005
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Defining Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice. This can be used to reinforce the understanding of the requirements of the Apprenticeship.

On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

This framework is aimed at those individuals who wish to work in operational roles in leisure and recreation facilities ranging from leisure and recreation centres to caravan and holiday parks. 

The Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Sector

The Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Sector as a whole had an estimated UK gross value added (GVA) output of £8.7 billion in 2008, accounting for 0.9% of the whole UK economy. Estimated employment totals 674,100 people or two per cent of UK employment. The SkillsActive Sector impacts on tourism, events, retailing, manufacturing and construction, and outperformed the UK four-fold in direct employment from 1999 to 2004. The Sport, Fitness and Outdoors sub-sectors together account for 76% of sector employment, followed by Playwork at 18%.

The provision of recreational, sport and fitness facilities is a key element in the drive to improve the active lifestyles of individuals across all strata of the population. The importance of physical activity in the fight against obesity-related conditions such as heart disease and diabetes is at the heart of Government policy, with an explicit aim of 2 million people in England to become more active by 2012. This, along with the general benefits of engaging in regular physical activity, puts the operation of these facilities at the heart of the health of the nation, and the centre of community hubs. There are around 4,062 public sports centres and a further 679 are planned, with around 8.5 million adults regularly take part in sport and active recreation (21%) and a further 11.5million undertake some exercise into their lives (28%).

Recreation and leisure assistants are those responsible for operating and maintaining these types of facilities. They ensure the cleanliness of the building, and will undertake regular checks to ensure that standards of safety, environmental control and hygiene are maintained during opening hours. They may supervise the use of facilities, assemble/disassemble equipment and maintain the continuity of events. Overall, this occupational group accounts for around 11 per cent of the SkillsActive workforce. This type of job role has a high proportion of young workers, with 58 per cent of the workforce being aged 16 to 24 (compared with 13 per cent across the economy as a whole and 29 per cent across the SkillsActive workforce). However operational staff working in caravan parks are likely to fall within a higher age profile.

Leading employers in this sector have identified the following strategy that will ensure the sector remains relevant to the Government policy aims and wider community needs:

• To migrate the sector from being ‘fitness’ specialist to be more relevant to everyone in the community
• To be more relevant to more people regardless of age, culture or gender
• To be an integral part of the national health and wellbeing strategy
• To become community activity hubs

The achievement of these goals, as stated by these employers, is dependant on the following:

• Up-skilling the 85% of workforce who do not benefit from a defined skills and career strategy
• Ensuring graduates are employer ready
• Ensuring ‘soft skills’ are a focus for training
• Ensuring there is a comprehensive training syllabus for all employees
• Creating a single qualification structure
• Clearly defining roles and career paths

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