Discover more about what an Apprenticeship involves with our frequently asked questions. Please note that these details apply to England only; Apprenticeship formats vary from country to country within the UK.
An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme where staff study for a nationally recognised qualification while gaining practical experience in a real job. Designed around the needs of employers, they can be used to train existing employees or hire new staff. Apprenticeships offer a structured programme that takes apprentices through the skills they need to do a job well.
Apprenticeships reduce unemployment, provide funding opportunities and lead to motivated staff. They are a great way to mould the future of an organisation by using government funding to gain highly trained staff.
Anyone can potentially be an apprentice as long as they are not in full-time education, with different age groups receiving different amounts of funded training. Apprenticeships are an ideal way for those who volunteer in sport to move into a paid role, gaining employment and a career in an area they are passionate about.
There is an Apprenticeship minimum wage of £2.60 per hour for those aged 16-18* and the national minimum wage applies to apprentices aged 19+.
Apprentices must be employed for at least 30 hours per week.
There are currently 13 different Apprenticeship frameworks giving options for the active leisure, learning and well-being sector, as well as 260 apprenticeship frameworks on offer overall. Apprenticeships are available at 3 levels:
Government funding is available to help pay for training costs incurred by the employer and provider**. This funding cannot be used to pay or subsidise the wage of the apprentice.
The amount of Apprenticeship funding available for training costs is divided into different age brackets:
Funding eligibility may also depend on the level of prior education and training the apprentice has completed. SkillsActive’s Funding Eligibility Service can help identify how much funding staff within an organisation may be eligible for.
Apprentices can be employed in many types of business, as long as they work for at least 30 hours a week. Apprentices must live and work in England for these types of Apprenticeship programme. SkillsActive can help employers find the right Apprenticeship programme for staff from all areas of a business and provide information on Apprenticeships in other parts of the UK.
An apprentice’s course of study will be set by a training provider, who will agree a training plan with an apprentice and their employer. As Apprenticeships are work-based, employers must also include on-the-job training.
Apprenticeships have no set timescale but generally take between one and four years to complete, depending on the level and other training factors. There is no set time for an Apprenticeship to start as they are delivered on a rolling basis.
Apprenticeships can cover many job roles in an organisation.
Specific job roles for Apprenticeship training in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector include:
SkillsActive can help identify how many of your staff are eligible for funding and evaluate the most appropriate training for all staff, not just those working in specific active leisure roles.
Other areas SkillsActive can help with include:
Further information about Apprenticeships in England can be found at the National Apprenticeship Service. Visit their website at
* Information correct as of January 2012.
** Amount of funding depends on the age and qualification level of the apprentice. Apprentices must be employed at least 30 hours a week.
Information can be found on the SkillsActive website at www.skillsactive.com/fitness/endorsement
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The pricing varies depending on the category you are submitting for, the length of endorsement and the amount of training you want to put forward.
All our prices can be found in our submissions guidance pack. This is a great tool to help ensure you are following the correct criteria to make a submission, as well as listing all our products and services to help you with your application.
To know exactly what evidence you need to send in to SkillsActive for endorsement, we have developed evidence checklists for each category.The evidence required is different depending on what category you are applying for.
To become a centre of an awarding body and deliver REPs entry qualifications please click the links below:
A training provider linked to an awarding body can still submit individual CPD training as well as their qualifications that are accredited. If you provide a lot of training you may want to consider the training provider licence, but all submissions can be made following the individual course endorsement procedure. All information on licencing and individual submissions can be found on the endorsement pages.
It is important that we all start using the correct terminology.
Endorsed training only relates to training that is approved by the Sector Skills Council (SkillsActive) it is not a qualification, the endorsed training once approved will then be listed on the REPs website for the 30,000 members to search.
A qualification is a piece of training that sits on the National Database for Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ). The qualification will also offer credits that sits on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).
Should you wish to make your training into a qualification then you will need to speak with an awarding body.
Please note that they will not look to take on qualifications in areas where there is already an entry qualification on REPs. For example, Level 2 Gym Fitness Instructor or Level 3 Personal Trainer as common units have been developed for all awarding bodies in these areas.
Endorsed training allows an employer or training provider to receive REPs CPD credits for their course, and be listed on the REPs training course website.
If you are still considering whether endorsement is the right option for you then please contact our endorsement team on 0207 632 2000 who can assist you further.
Depending what Category you apply for will determine how many points you gain.
The endorsement panel has the final decision on how many points are awarded and if the provider has met the required criteria.
Yes, if you apply for any of the training provider licenses the first submission is included within the price.
However, if you are referred for further information after the endorsement panel has met then this will incur an additional fee.
We have a team of technical experts within the fitness industry who make up the endorsement panel. If your submission gets referred for additional information you will get to see your report and have access via email to an evaluator who can help you gain approval.
This day goes through how to get a course approved and looks at other areas including assessment strategies, internal verification etc ensuring that you put forward a sound submission so that you might avoid being referred for further information incurring an additional cost.
These prices do not include VAT.
An active consultantcy is able to take you through the application process and give you in-depth knowledge surrounding continued professional development and your application.
If you require half a day then the price is £250, for a full day the price would be £400. These prices do not include VAT
We have quarterly submission dates for categories 1c and 2 throughout the year. The endorsement process lasts eight weeks from the submission deadline to gaining your feedback. Forthcoming dates are found here.
For Category 3 training there are no specific deadlines to work towards, these submissions can be made anytime throughout the year.
To gain a level 4 status you must have both experience and qualifications under the Category that you are applying for:
All the NOS can be found here.
You need to decide what level of knowledge a delegate needs to know prior to your training. For Category 1c courses you need to decide who you want to accept on your training to ensure you map to the correct level on the national occupational standards. Category 2 and 3 do not require mapping.
To help we have created a mapping pre-requisite table in the submission guidance pack for you to go through and find out where your piece of training best fits.
If you can not see where it fits are if it will map then please contact endorsement team on 0207 632 2000 who can assist you further.
There is no minimum requirement needed but you do need to ensure it is completed correctly to the units required as a pre-requisite and Health and safety units are included.
If you map to the wrong units, then this may lead to a “refer for further information”. Please note that you need to map the whole of your course but not to 100% of the NOS. If you map completely to the NOS then this becomes the qualification that learner will have already done and will be of no benefit. Only map to the areas which are relevant to your course.
It is not a requirement for workshop submissions to include a summative assessment, but you may want to include formative assessments throughout the day to check the groups learning.
If you are submitting a theory-based course you only need to include a theory assessment ensuring it covers the learning outcomes. With practical courses you need to have both theory and practical summative assessments.
The summative assessment needs to be completed once all the learning is taught on that subject. If you breakdown your learning into smaller modules then you can assess that area once completed rather then at the end but there can be no more learning on that topic after the assessment has been completed.
No, there is no minimum requirement, but they must have met a 70% pass mark. Ensure it matches all your learning outcomes.
You need to include all the information delivered on the training so the delegates have a reference to what is being taught. If practical then the use of images is important (ensure you have the authority to use the image or create them yourself, if not then this could lead to legal issues surrounding plagiarism).
Yes, SkillsActive does accept online applications. We encourage online CPD training as we can reach REPs members in all regions.
Guidelines for online CPD training can be found in our submissions guidance pack.
All CPD that doesn’t offer entry or give an additional category on REPs is underpinned by a pre-requisite. Therefore, when developing CPD training there will always be a mandatory pre-requisite for REPs members.
For example, if you are developing a pre-postnatal CPD course the learner would have to hold the pre-postnatal qualification before being able to attend the piece of training as CPD builds on the fundamentals of a qualification. If a provider is found not to be adhering to this principle then they are in breach of their code of practice for training providers.
A full action plan will be supplied along with the evaluator’s email address. You can communicate with your evaluator to send further evidence to ensure success. There may be additional costs to this.
Full details are described in the submissions guidance pack.
When I attempt to open the form it does not open. Why?
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When I click “Submit” the form doesn’t do anything and I’m not sure it sent. Why?
The form is email based and therefore needs to be connected to email software such as Outlook or Windows Live Mail on your computer to send automatically. If you do not send emails this way and instead use an internet based email application like googlemail, you will need to save the form using the “Save” button and then you will need to attach the form to an email manually. If you submit the form and it submits successfully using the “Submit” button on the form you will receive an email in your inbox to let you know that your form has made it through and is being analysed by a member of our team.
If you have a software based email application such as Outlook and your form still doesn’t seem to send or the “Submit” button flashes and nothing happens after you click it, that is again because of your adobe reader is version 8.0 or earlier and this will cease when you update your adobe reader.
How long will it take for us to receive results?
The results will take a few days to process if a large number of responses are being analysed. We will work with you to agree a set time frame for responses to be returned and anything that is sent within that time will be analysed and a report generated for you within two weeks after the deadline date.