The sport sector is one of SkillsActive’s largest sectors with a workforce of 371,800 people working in 176,000 business and organisations throughout the UK. In this section you will find all the information you need about obtaining training, funding and jobs in the sport sector.Sport overview

SkillsActive’s work in sport covers a variety of training and funding, from helping people find the right training to get jobs in sports, to providing help and advice for people looking to find funding for sports clubs. We deal with all levels of sport, from grass-roots up to high-performance.

To help people find training and jobs in sports, we work closely with recognised training providers to ensure the sports sector has suitably qualified employees and volunteers. We can also help with finding sources of sports funding to help with staff development and training all of which supports the delivery of sports activities and helps us become a fitter, healthier nation.

As Sport England’s national workforce partner, we work with all 46 funded National Governing Bodies to improve skills of the sports workforce. We also work with expert groups, educators and industry stakeholders to ensure that a clear and current picture of the needs and issues of the sector is promoted.

SkillsActive works to ensure that sport courses, qualifications and apprenticeships are based on national occupational standards and a national qualifications framework that reflects the real needs of sport employers.

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a sports performance programme, which provides a structured training and development route for talented athletes aged 16-19.


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