Apprenticeships are work-based learning schemes that allow you to gain nationally recognised qualifications while earning money. They are a great way to kick-start your career in the vibrant active leisure, learning and well-being sector.

There is a range of intermediate level and advanced level Apprenticeships available in the sector, covering sport, fitness, playwork, caravans, the outdoors, and hair and beauty.

Apprenticeships usually take between 12 and 24 months to complete, depending on the type and level of Apprenticeship. Anyone aged over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.


Key benefits for individuals:

  • Join a vibrant, growing sector with great long-term prospects
  • Earn a salary while you learn
  • Gain high-quality experience for your CV
  • Accrue industry and nationally recognised qualifications

Career opportunities with Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide an entry point into many jobs in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector. Find out what exciting careers you could get into with Apprenticeships with SkillsActive Careers.

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Types of 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.

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is SkillsActive's flagship sporting qualification for young people in England and Wales. It is designed for people with the realistic potential to achieve excellent in their sport, either by competing on the world stage or securing a professional contract.

Find out more about AASE

Find apprenticeship opportunities in your area by browsing the vacancies section of the National Apprenticeship Service.

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