Wednesday, 6th September 2017

Budding fitness instructors and sports coaches can get their careers in the best possible shape through an exciting leisure-based training course being run by South Tyneside College, in partnership with South Tyneside Council.

The Leisure and Sports Opportunities Programme Level 2 gives participants essential skills to work in the leisure sector.

Over a full academic year, it does so by delivering practical and theoretical skills that support entry into a variety of job roles.

The programme offers the NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Working in Sport Pathway), and includes first aid, safeguarding, fitness instruction and other related subjects to people aged 16 and over.

The course, which was launched in September 2016, is also credited with providing South Tyneside Council with learners who can support its existing workforce requirements, while helping them also gain invaluable work experience.

It is being run again this new September 2017 academic year, and enrolment is now open.

Rob Grainey, Head of Curriculum and Performance – Lifestyle at South Tyneside College, said the programme strongly supported young people’s ambitions to enter the world of work.

He said: “The first year of the programme proved a great success. It’s very pleasing that all the students who completed the course have gained the qualification that they worked so hard for.

“They learnt important sports and leisure skills and gained a clear opening to further qualifications and to employment.

“The programme is up and running again and there is still time and opportunity for people who want to work in the leisure industry, to get onboard.

“It gives them the skills, experience and confidence they need to be in a great position to apply for available jobs in this very rewarding sector.

“Following the success of the first year of the programme, I hope other young people will seize the opportunity to follow in their footsteps by enrolling.”

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, congratulated those who had this summer completed the course’s first year.

He said: “We were pleased to be able to support them with studies towards their Level 2 qualifications as well as help them to gain essential skills that will prove invaluable in furthering their careers.

“We wish them all the success in the future and would encourage others interested in the leisure and sports field to take up the opportunity to enrol.”

The course has been designed to fit into South Tyneside College’s highly vocational learning framework of skills that target regional and national employment openings.

Further information is available from our Student Services department on 0191 427 3900