The event offers much needed support to the Armed Forces as the Ministry of Defence has this week announced 4,200 job cuts in a second round of armed forces redundancies.
The Fair, to be held at Surrey Sports Park, in Guildford, Surrey, will be held on Thursday 8th March 2012, marking the start of SkillsActive’s Change Gear programme.
The Change Gear Programme is designed to offer specific career change support to ensure those leaving the Services are empowered to make informed decisions about the opportunities available to them in the sport, health and fitness, outdoors, playwork, health and beauty, and caravans industries.
Head of programmes Julie Evans explains: “What we are hoping to achieve with Change Gear Employment and Training Fair is to look past the uniform to the person within, recognising not only the skills of trained service men and women, but also the personal qualities that will help each individual succeed. Our sector has massive potential for growth and career development and therefore offers a wealth of opportunity for those entering it.
“The Change Gear Programme, and our Employment and Training Fair, are designed to offer all round support through expert advice, high quality training and additional support for business and finance, to make these career changers the best candidates with access to the best jobs.”
The event provides a unique opportunity for companies to come along and meet potential employees, and raise their profile as a respected employer to the industry. SkillsActive is urging companies to sign up, thereby helping former armed forces personnel to carve a new rewarding and successful career.
Service personnel will have access to specific career change advice as well as the chance to meet with training providers, employers and veterans who have made the transition from Forces-life into the sector. This will enable them to make informed decisions about their future.
As well as the Employment and Training Fair the Change Gear programme includes:
If you would like to know more about Change Gear or sign-up for the Employment and Training Fair please go to www.skillsactive.com/changegear
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Delegates discussed European Standards, Accreditation of European Training Providers and pre-requisites for entry into vocational and degree qualifications.
Jean-Ann says: “It is always so interesting to have the opportunity to discuss and appreciate international differences and variations. Coming together in this way moves the industry closer towards more reciprocal arrangements, to benefit members wishing to travel and work around the world.”
Also attending the summit was senior programme manager for SkillsActive Ben Gittus.
Ben added: “The EHFA International Standards event was a great opportunity to discuss education standards and qualifications with colleagues from across Europe. However, the best part of the event was the attendance and input from the main American instructor certification agencies. There were presentations from both ACE and ACSM and it was really useful to share insights and ways of working with these organisations.”
Our National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure works with the best training providers in our sector to deliver cost-effective, quality assured training solutions.
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This section contains information and documents relevant to Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland. All files are in PDF format.
This section contains information and documents relevant to apprenticeships in England. All files are in PDF format.
The Apprenticeship frameworks developed to meet the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) are now available on the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online website.
SkillsActive offers 12 Apprenticeship frameworks in England in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector.
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Leisure Operations and Leisure Management
Possible job roles: park operative, maintenance operative, park receptionist, groundsperson, and recreation/leisure attendant.
Possible job roles: coach, instructor, teacher (tennis and swimming only)
Possible job roles: steward, marshal
Possible job roles: assistant play worker, play centre assistant
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership
Possible job roles: community sports coach, activity leader, fitness leader, outdoors instructor, activity instructor
Exercise and Fitness
Possible job roles: fitness instructor / gym instructor, recreation assistant, exercise instructor, leisure centre assistant
Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Advanced Apprenticeship in Outdoor Programmes
Possible job roles: outdoor instructor, senior instructor, assistant & trainee variations, activity specific titles, for example climbing wall supervisor, team leader / supervisor, head of activity, project leader, group leader / counsellor
Exercise and Fitness
Possible job roles: advanced fitness instructor, personal trainer
Possible job roles: senior steward, marshal
Possible job roles: playworker, senior playworker
Leisure Operations and Leisure Management
Possible job roles: advanced fitness instructor, studio coordinator, personal trainer, and yoga and pilates teacher
Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development
Possible job roles: community sports development officer, sports specific development officer
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
Possible job roles: children’s activity professional, school sports instructor, children’s senior activity professional
Our independent professional registers aim to recognise the skills and qualifications of professionals within their chosen field and increase credibility within the sector.
SkillsActive Registers have been designed to endorse individuals who have training which meets industry standards. By joining a professional register you are proving to employers that you are skilled, knowledgeable, and above all, professional and committed to your work.
All of our registers aim to assure the public and employers that members are appropriately qualified and hold the correct knowledge, competence and skills to perform their job role.
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) supports those working within the fitness industry. REPs aims to regulate the fitnes industry and help safeguard and promote the interests of those using the services provided by fitness professionals.
To find out how you can gain professional recognition through REPs, or for any further information about the register please visit www.exerciseregister.org
To find out about our endorsed courses that will ensure you are eligible to REPs membership please see our Quality Training Portal.
The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) has been established to support those working in the aquatic industry. Aquatic professionals can join RAPs at various stages in their career within the aquatic sector.
To find out how you can gain professional recognition through RAPs, or for any further information about the register please visit www.aquaticregister.org
Capre, The Register of Children’s Activity Professionals supports those delivering physical activity to young people.
A Children’s Activity Professional is someone who delivers physical activity for children and young people in the area of multi-disciplinary games and sports, and all kinds of physical activity.
To find out more information about Capre, or if you would like to gain professional recognition through Capre please visit www.capregister.org
For more information about the register or to join please visit www.playworkregister.org
For more information about the register and how to join please visit www.rpdps.org
The Register of Beauty Professionals is a public facing register that will bring professionalism to the beauty industry. The Register recognises the expertise and qualifications of individuals along with ability and experience level.
For more information about the register or to join please visit www.registerofbeautyprofessionals.co.uk
Created in collaboration with industry employers, the Register of Spa Professionals has been developed to support and recognise the skills and qualifications of those working in the spa industry.
To find out how you can join the Register of Spa Professionals or for more information about the register please visit www.registerofspaprofessionals.co.uk
SkillsActive is currently working with organisations across a range of different industries to create further registers. These aim to help those who wish to work in their sector access the right training, verify their completed qualifications and gain recognition as a professional.
SkillsActive issues Apprenticeship frameworks, which outline the minimum requirements needed to complete the Apprenticeship at each level and for each occupation. We also provide certification for apprentices in England and Wales.
If you are a training provider in England or Wales and you would like to deliver government funded Apprenticeships, you need to hold a contract with the Skills Funding Agency.
Training providers in Scotland need to hold a contract with Skills Development Scotland. Training providers in Northern Ireland need to hold a contract with the Department for Employment and Learning.
To gain a contract, you must meet certain requirements, such as minimum contracting value. If you do not meet the minimum contracting value, you can enter into a subcontracting arrangement with a larger training provider. If you are a training provider in England, one way to do this is by joining SkillsActive’s Group Training Association.
Only training providers in Scotland need to register with SkillsActive to deliver Apprenticeships.
There’s a wide variety of Apprenticeships available in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Select a country below to learn more about the types of Apprenticeships available in your area.
SkillsActive has worked with employers and training providers to develop a set of Apprenticeship frameworks. These outline the minimum requirements apprentices need to complete the apprenticeship at each level and for each occupation. You can then work with your employer and apprentice to identify the most suitable framework for their needs.
Learn more about the Apprenticeship frameworks available in your country by viewing Frameworks and Guidance.
At the end of their Apprenticeship, all apprentices need a certificate to show they have fulfilled the Apprenticeship requirements.
In England, Wales and Scotland, certificates are issued by SkillsActive. In Northern Ireland, they are issued by the Department for Employment and Learning.
Apprentices can apply for their own certificate or authorise their training provider to apply for one on their behalf.
A new certification service run by the Alliance has been developed and is known as Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE). Apprentices, learning providers or employers who act on their behalf, will be able to request Apprenticeship certificates using the ACE online system. ACE provides a unique centralised certification system that will save Sector Skills Councils / Sector Skills Bodies (SSCs/SSBs), providers and certifying authorities valuable time, resource and investment and will allow them to track the progress of apprenticeship candidates. The system was officially launched on Wednesday 25 January 2012 by John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning.
You will need to register your organisation on the system via the online registration form; this can be done by going to www.acecerts.co.uk and completing the information and contact details. Once you have completed this process you will be emailed a username and password for ACE. This will be your "administrator" account which you can then use to create additional accounts for your centre. You will be able to create a maximum of 5 additional users.
The user guide that has been created for centres to help you use the system and also further e-learning materials can be found on www.acecerts.co.uk/tutorials.
The cost of certificates will be £22.
Apprentice Authorization Form England (mandatory to complete for all framework claims via the ACE system)
This certificate is for apprentices completing their programme in Wales.
These are issued by the Department for Employment and Learning.
Keep track of your apprentice’s training with an activepassport™
activepassportTM is an auditable online tool that will help you track and record an individual’s Guided Learning Hours - a statutory requirement of the new frameworks in England and Wales.
If you’re a training provider, activepassport™ can:
Our consultants can provide you with detailed information about delivering Apprenticeship training, or developing frameworks to suit businesses in your area.
Find out about Apprenticeship framework updates and other news relevant to Apprenticeships.