With colleges across Birmingham as well as specialist sites throughout the UK, we are well positioned as a training provider to work with employers on a regional and national basis for apprenticeships.
Every apprenticeship is different as they are designed by the employer, in conjunction with a training provider, to meet the specific requirements of each individual business. They can start at any point during the year and take between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of apprenticeship and the industry sector.
Some of our apprenticeships that are offered by BMet college, employers directly recruit candidates for themselves. Therefore, we do not offer open applications. Our programmes are developed in partnership with you to provide sector-based training before progressing onto an interview with you. You can view here all of our apprenticeships programmes.
Employer Led Apprenticeship Programmes
Broadcast and Media Systems Technician Apprenticeship
This occupation is found in the Broadcast, Media and Entertainment industries.
Technicians will typically work for a broadcaster or media services supplier or broadcast equipment supplier/manufacturer.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to ensure the reliability and integrity of broadcast and media systems critical to the delivery of TV, radio and online services; in a broadcast industry which operates 24/7. It’s fast paced, dynamic and constantly changing. Technicians need to be able to respond quickly to problems, faults and the loss or impairment of services to ensure customers experience the best possible service. Broadcast and Media Systems Technicians need to know and understand the maintenance characteristics that are particularly critical to the broadcast and media equipment or system, including electrical, electronic, mechanical, software, environmental and ergonomics. They are also responsible for ensuring broadcast and media systems modifications and upgrades are delivered in line with agreed timescales and to industry specification.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with broadcast technical operators, broadcast engineers, customers and suppliers. They will be expected to work autonomously and take sole responsibility for making decisions about ongoing maintenance versus replacement and the implications of this such as cost, downtime and reliability. They will also be expected to take ownership to resolve and/or escalate faults and incidents following the correct company procedures. Broadcast and Media Systems Technicians must also be able to provide technical advice and support to users and operators of broadcast and media systems in line with service level agreements.
This role could be located in a broadcast or operations centre, at customer premises, playout operations, outside broadcast units, transmitter sites, production control rooms or IP Networks or Software Support. Operating and maintaining these systems is demanding and may require out of hours working through shift working or on call rotas.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for operating and maintaining the broadcast and media systems which underpin the media and entertainment industry.
Core duties include-
- Carrying out planned maintenance
- Carrying out corrective maintenance
- Complying with Health and Safety
- Maintaining Broadcast and Media Systems test equipment
- Undertaking Broadcast and Media Systems testing
- Providing technical advice and support to users and operators of Broadcast and Media Systems
- Data management and reporting for Broadcast and Media Systems
- Maintaining professional competence in Broadcast and Media Systems
- Supporting system modifications and upgrades
- Operating broadcast and media transfer/playout or export
Professional Qualification- None
Typical job titles include- Maintenance Technician, Communications Technician, Master Control Room Operator
Professional Recognition- This standard aligns with the following professional recognition – Engineering Council for Technician Level
Entry Requirements – Equivalent of 2 A levels – preferably Maths or a BTec at Level 3.
Delivery and Assessment – Bespoke delivery as agreed with the employer. Generally ‘Block’ delivery however, could also be day release off the job for 2 years. Duration – 27 months in total.
Progression – On completion of this programme, potential progression routes might include – a ‘Top–up’ degree in Electronics.
Building Services Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
The broad purpose of the occupation is to bring the built environment to life by connecting up the buildings we live and work in, ensuring they meet the needs of the people, plant, and services they need to accommodate, whilst providing comfort, building safety and security and efficiency through ever increasing environmental safeguarding.
This occupation is found in the construction and engineering sectors, with building services engineering technicians employed in a variety of organisation types and sizes. Building services engineering technicians will typically work for clients, consultancies, contractors, suppliers and manufacturers.
Technicians work on and in all types of buildings across the built environment sector, including residential (private homes, larger residential buildings, including high rise buildings), schools (education), healthcare facilities & hospitals, retail outlets, shopping centres, offices, restaurants, cinemas, gyms, museums, and infrastructure projects such as transport hubs and stations, ports and airports, water and waste facilities, power plants.
Professional Qualification- BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Building Services Engineering
Typical job titles include- Assistant technician, Building services engineering technician, Construction technician, Design technician, Electrical engineering technician, Engineering technician, Infrastructure technician, Junior site technician, Mechanical engineering technician, Project management technician, Public health engineering technician, Site technician.
Professional Recognition- This standard aligns with the following professional recognition: Engineering Council for Engineering Technician (Eng Tech)
Entry Requirements- GCSE’s Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English.
Delivery and assessment- Classroom knowledge delivery, feedback professional discussion, action planning and skills development/CPD in the workplace. Duration – 35 months in total.
Progression- On completion of this apprenticeship, potential progression routes might include – Higher Education studying Site Management or progress into employment as a Site Technician.
Electrical, Electronic Product Service and Installation Engineer Apprenticeship
An engineer will install and service a range of domestic and/or commercial equipment from washing machines and micro-wave ovens in the kitchen, laundrette or restaurant to television and audio equipment in the living room. The influence of computers in controlling washing machines and providing television, have brought the installation and service requirements of these products together. In the near future, the ‘smart home’ will give wireless control of these products and link their requirements still closer.
To meet the needs of these ‘smart’ products, it is essential that the engineer is I.T. literate and has an understanding of all aspects of connectivity, with the ability to make and troubleshoot I.P. connections to routers, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, in both domestic and commercial situations. The engineer must also be capable in the usage of “Apps”. Technology is developing at a rapid rate and the range of products requiring the engineers skills will expand and require the engineer to maintain and update their knowledge and skills to meet these future needs. Many products will be integrated into the ‘smart home’ in the future and talk to each other through the “Internet of Things” giving the engineer a secure and profitable future.
As most of the work is carried out in the customer’s home or business, the engineer has to be polite, well dressed and have appropriate customer facing skills. The work will be interesting and varied giving the opportunity to work with a wide range of people in differing environments. The engineer should have an enquiring mind and be able to follow a logical sequence of mechanical events or electrical tests. Following the Apprenticeship, the engineer will have additional training if they are working on gas appliances or working in specific commercial premises, they may also have the opportunity to take additional qualifications to further develop their skills and extend their prospects into management, training or development.
Professional Qualification- Non-mandatory qualifications included – Level 2 EAL Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations or Level 3 EAL Diploma in Engineering Technologies
Typical job titles include- Installer, Service Engineer, Service Technician.
Professional Recognition- On completion the Apprentice will be eligible to apply for an ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) card.
Entry Requirements – 4 GCSE’s grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and preferably a Science.
Delivery and Assessment – Bespoke delivery as agreed with the employer. Generally ‘Block’ delivery however, 1st year could be day release off the job. Duration – 24 months in total.
Progression – On completion of this programme, potential progression routes might include – Foundation Degree in Electronics and Control, a Higher-Level Apprenticeship.
Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship
The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new and existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information and data. They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and where applicable, update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules and targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with their line manager to confirm departmental programmes of work and to agree individual responsibilities. This in turn will align to an overarching organisational resource and delivery plan. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians can be office based, manufacturing or plant based or more commonly combination of both, working with engineering or manufacturing teams at an operational level such as with production team leaders or management level working with specialist quality or design engineers. As well as liaising with internal colleagues, they may also be responsible for working directly with customers and suppliers or with representatives from appropriate regulatory bodies. Typically, this would involve interaction with auditors to demonstrate compliance to specific organisational or regulatory requirements (such as Civil Aviation Authority). Their time will be spent between working in an office environment and working in the manufacturing environment or visiting customers or suppliers as and when required.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality, safety and delivery of the manufactured product or service, ensuring it is delivered to the customer on time at the agreed cost. They will typically report to an engineering or manufacturing manager as part of a cross functional team, the size of this team and responsibilities will vary depending on the size of the employer. Although working within defined quality processes and procedures, they are responsible for the delivery, quality and accuracy of the work they complete. They have the autonomy to use judgement when undertaking the occupational duties and applying their technical knowledge, skills and behaviours in a wide range of contexts and environments. They use a range of tools and techniques to support decision making and solve problems that are often complex and non-routine. They also have a responsibility to identify and contribute to making improvements such as business processes, procedures, ways and methods of working.
Professional Qualification- Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering or Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Operations
Typical job titles include- Costing Engineer, installation engineer, manufacturing procurement engineer, manufacturing production engineer, manufacturing quality engineer, process engineer, production support engineer, quality engineer, test and commissioning engineer
- Engineering Council for Engineering Technician (EngTech) for Engineering Technician
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for Engineering Technician
- Royal Aeronautical Society for Engineering Technician
Entry Requirements- 4 GCSE’s with at least a Grade C/Level 4 or above in maths* / English / science and a Level 3 A Level in maths and science (preferably physics) or Level 3 Diploma in Engineering including maths and science (*Maths preferable Grade 5/6 due to Eng Maths) Designed for learners progressing from a Level 3 Engineering qualification.
Delivery and assessment- Classroom knowledge delivery (day release), feedback professional discussion, action planning and skills development/CPD in the workplace. Duration – 24 months in total.
Progression- On completion of this programme, potential progression routes might include – Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, a higher-level Apprenticeship.
Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship
The Food and Drink industry is an exciting place to be a Maintenance Engineer.
World class companies in the industry use some of the most innovative, modern and technically automated equipment available to manufacture a wide range of food and drink products for consumers.
Companies employ Mechanical and/or Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers according to the type of products they make. Food and Drink Mechanical Maintenance Engineers will mainly work with mechanical and electrical equipment and production systems. Food and Drink Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers will work with mechanical and electrical equipment plus highly automated programmable control systems. Both Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers need to maximise the benefits of the technology and equipment they work with.
Depending on the type of product and plant in the company, engineering activities carried out will include routine maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis, testing and commissioning.
Food and Drink Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers must ensure that maintenance activities contribute to optimising food and drink production levels, ensure that all maintenance activities are conducted safely and practices comply with food safety legislation in this highly regulated industry. They must understand the key features of working with consumable products and how they/this affects food industry maintenance practices.
Food and Drink Engineers will work autonomously, taking responsibility for their own tasks and also work effectively in teams.
Professional Qualification- Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance (OAL Revised 2022)
Typical job titles include- Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer and Food and Drink Multi-skilled Engineer
Professional Recognition- This apprenticeship aligns with The Institution of Engineering and Technology for Engineering Technician (EngTech). The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.
This apprenticeship aligns with The Institution of Mechanical Engineers for Engineering Technician (EngTech). The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.
Entry Requirements – 4 GCSE’s with at least a Grade C/4 or above in Maths, English & Science
(*Maths preferable Grade 5/6 due to Eng Maths)
(For existing staff – discussion with company)
Delivery and Assessment – Bespoke delivery as agreed with employer years 1, 2 and 3 – 3 x 6 week ‘block’ college-based delivery per year. Year 4 – workplace with EPA revision in college. Duration – 45 Months
Progression – On completion of this programme there is progression onto an HNC, Foundation Degree or Level 6 Apprenticeship.
Gas Engineering Operative Apprenticeship
Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting. Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, testing and purging for industrial pipework. Roles in gas engineering will include explaining how installations and appliances work, providing energy efficiency advice and ensuring customer service excellence at all times. Gas engineering operates strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation.
Roles in gas engineering are physical in nature, and may involve lifting and moving of equipment, working at heights and working in confined spaces. All gas engineers must be registered on the Gas Safe® Register for each appliance in which they are competent to undertake work on.
Professional Qualification– Level 3 BPEC Diploma in Gas Engineering – not mandatory but essential for gateway/EPA
Typical job titles include– Gas Installation & Maintenance Engineer, Gas Installation Engineer, Gas Service Engineer.
Professional Recognition– Registration with Gas Safe® Register for four appliances. In achieving a pass or a distinction in this apprenticeship, the successful apprentice will be eligible to apply for membership with the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech)
Entry Requirements – GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.
Delivery and Assessment – Learners will be required to complete qualifications during this period usually with set study days. As part of the apprenticeship, there will be a number of specific skills that the employer or college tutor will monitor and observe to prove that a certain level of understanding has been reached. Duration – 18 months in total
Progression – After completion of this level 3 apprenticeship, learners could work for one of the large utility companies, boiler manufacturers or even become self-employed.
Groundworkers are the first trade onto a construction and civil engineering site and they work closely with supervisors and engineers in interpreting design specifications to prepare the site ready for the structural building works to take place. They continue their work throughout the construction phase, working with all on-site construction trades up to and including the final completion activities of the project.
Their work includes setting out and preparing the sub-surfaces ready for the structural work to begin, installing drainage systems, concreting, constructing roads and pathways and carrying out the finished hard landscaping. Groundworkers are able to transfer between heavy construction and civil engineering sites as well as house building, commercial building and general building sites. Groundworkers work for all types of construction companies from small subcontractors to large main contractors.
Professional Qualification- None
Typical job titles include- Bricklayers and Plant Operatives,
Professional Recognition- None
Entry Requirements- GCSE’s Grade D/3 or above in Maths and English or Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English.
Delivery and assessment- Classroom knowledge delivery, feedback professional discussion, action planning and skills development/CPD in the workplace. Duration – 21 months in total.
Progression- On completion of this apprenticeship, potential progression routes might include employment within the sector undertaking groundworker activities such as concreting, paving, drainage etc. Progress into other aligned trade areas such as Site Operative, Supervisor or Management.
HR Support Apprenticeship
HR Professionals in this role are typically either working in a medium to large organisation as part of the HR function delivering front line support to managers and employees, or are a HR Manager in a small organisation. Their work is likely to include handling day to day queries and providing HR advice; working on a range of HR processes, ranging from transactional to relatively complex, from recruitment through to retirement; using HR systems to keep records; providing relevant HR information to the business; working with the business on HR changes. They will typically be taking ownership for providing advice to managers on a wide range of HR issues using company policy and current law, giving guidance that is compliant and where errors could expose the organisation to employment tribunals or legal risk. In a larger organisation they may also have responsibility for managing a small team – this aspect is outside the scope of this apprenticeship and will need to be covered separately by the employer.
Professional Qualification- Non-mandatory qualification Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice
Typical job titles include- HR Assistant, HR Associate, HR Officer, HR Advisor
Professional Recognition- The successful apprentice may be eligible to apply for Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or any other professional body that recognises this apprenticeship within its membership criteria (membership is subject to the professional bodies own membership requirements).
Entry Requirements – English and maths GCSE A – C or Level 5 and above (plus any other criteria set by employer). Learners should be 18+ due to nature of role and responsibilities.
Delivery and Assessment – This will be delivered in the workplace, supported by an interactive/digital workbook in preparation for the exam-based elements of the qualification. The candidate will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with business administration experience who will guide them through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one-to-one support visits. Duration – 21 months in total
Progression – This apprenticeship forms the foundation of a career within the profession, giving the base for further development through a career path within an organisation and/or through the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship. The apprentice can choose to stay within core HR or diversify into one of the specialist areas of HR. Following on from this apprenticeship the candidate will be eligible to enrol onto Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner Apprenticeship.
Improvement Technician Apprenticeship
Improvement Technicians are responsible for delivery and coaching of improvement activity within an area of responsibility, often associated with Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. They can be found across all industry sectors and functions including automotive, banking, engineering, food products, IT, property, retail, telecoms etc.
Typically, Technicians work as a member of an operational team to resolve problems – preventing re-occurrence, engaging others in issues affecting them and to support the improvement of performance. Typical activities include:
- Engaging team members in the identification of improvement opportunities and relevant countermeasures and controls
- Initiating and facilitating improvement activities through to confirmed resolution
- Providing local expertise in business improvement methods and basic tools to team.
Professional Qualification- None
Typical job titles include- Business Improvement Co-ordinator, Continuous Improvement Executive, Process Technician, Operational Excellence/Lean Engineer, Lean Six Sigma Yellow belt and Quality Control Analyst, Environmental Compliance Technician, Environmental Construction Oversight, Environmental Health and Safety Inspector, and Transportation Planner.
Green job titles- Transportation sustainability improvement planner, Environmental improvement compliance technician and Environmental improvement health and safety inspector
Professional Recognition- None
Entry Requirements – 2 GCSE’s grade C/4 or above including English and Maths
Delivery and Assessment – This apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace. Learners will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with relevant experience who will guide them through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one-to-one support visits. Duration – 16 months total
Progression – This qualification allows learners to progress in their career and be better equipped to climb the career ladder, with the core skills that are needed for the start of progression into a more senior management position – for example, within operations, as a department manager and/or director level position. The qualification allows progression onto- Level 5 Improvement Specialist.
Operations or Departmental Manager Apprenticeship
An Operations/Departmental Manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisation’s strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same.
Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.
Professional Qualification– None
Typical job titles include– Operations manager, Regional manager, Divisional manager, Department manager and Specialist managers
Professional Recognition– On completion, apprentices can register as full members with the Chartered management institute and/or the Institute of leadership and management, and those with 3 years’ of management experience can apply for Chartered manager status through the CMI.
Entry Requirements – 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 and above or equivalent including English and Maths.
Delivery and Assessment – This will be delivered in the workplace, supported by an e portfolio system, the candidate will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with management experience who will guide them through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one to one support visits. Duration – 27 months in total
Progression – Following on from this apprenticeship the candidate will be eligible to enrol onto the level 5 Operational / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship or level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.
People Professional Apprenticeship
A People Professional will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers. They could be in a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas – likely to be the Core HR option; or a specialist role, where they focus on and have in depth expertise in a specific area of HR – likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations. Whichever of these is chosen, they will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines as this is contained in both of the qualification options included in this standard. They will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in a specific situation. They will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. They are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. Whatever their role, they will need to link the work they do to the context and priorities of the business. In a larger organisation they may be one of a team supporting the business and they may also have responsibility for managing people.
Professional Qualifications – Level 5 Diploma in People Management (CIPD Accredited)
Typical job titles include– Human resources consultant, HR business partner and HR manager
Professional Recognition– Successful completion of this standard enables the apprentice to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of personnel and development. Chartered Membership can be achieved through further qualifications or experience-based assessment.
Entry Requirements – Learners must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade C/4 and above or equivalent to include English and Maths prior to starting this apprenticeship programme. Will also require L3 in HR or equivalent or relevant industry experience (plus any other criteria set by employer). Learners should be 18+ due to nature of role and responsibilities
Delivery and Assessment – This will be delivered in the workplace, supported by an interactive/digital workbook in preparation for the exam based elements of the qualification. The candidate will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with business administration experience who will guide them through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one to one support visits. Duration – 21 months in total
Progression – This apprenticeship could be an entry level role to the business, however, it is more likely to be a progression from a lower level role or apprenticeship, building on the knowledge and skills gained in that role or apprenticeship. On completion of this apprenticeship, the individual will be fully competent in the role and this will give them an in depth knowledge of HR in their chosen option. They can then continue to develop in that option (perhaps through a further apprenticeship) or broaden their HR expertise in another area to develop their career. Separately, there are a range of qualifications available for further study up to post graduate level.
Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
Rail Engineering Technicians provide technical support to Rail Engineers. The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction and rolling stock and rail systems. As an apprentice the candidate will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.
Those working within the occupation of Rail Engineering are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of The Railway to provide a safe and reliable railway for customers. The Rail Industry has a high level of safety critical work activities requiring a disciplined and responsible approach.
A Rail Engineering Technician may work on site or in a depot or in a technical office. Their work could involve:
- Construction, installation, renewal, enhancement and modification of The Railway
- Fault finding and diagnosis to prevent or address equipment failures
- Maintenance and replacement of systems and components
- Functional and operational testing and inspection of The Railway using specialist equipment
- Ensuring assets are installed, replaced or maintained to specification and maintaining required costs
- Typical Job roles include: Track Technician, Overhead Line Technician, Electrification Technician, Traction and Rolling Stock Technician, Signalling Technician, Telecoms Technician, Rail Systems Technician
Professional Qualifications- Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence) & Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge) (AME Rail L3)
Typical job titles include- Track Technician, Overhead Line Technician, Electrification Technician, Traction & Rolling Stock Technician, Signalling Technician, Telecoms Technician, Rail Systems Technician.
Professional Recognition- This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship. On completion the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.
Entry Requirements – 4 GCSE’s with at least a Grade C/Level 4 or above in Maths / English / Science (*Maths preferable Grade 5/6 due to Eng Maths)
Delivery and Assessment – Bespoke delivery as agreed with employer. Year 1 – ‘Block’ college based delivery. Year 2 – Day release (college) and 6 week ‘block’ delivery at NTAR. Years 3 and 4 – work place. Duration – 36 months to 45 months practical training period
Progression – On completion of this programme, it can lead to HNC, Foundation Degree or Level 6 Apprenticeship.
Sports Coach Apprenticeship
The broad purpose of the Sport Coach occupation is to use extensive technical and tactical sports knowledge and skills to design and deliver coaching programmes that engage, motivate and evolve participants’ skills and performance.
Sport coaches aim to provide meaningful and high-quality learning, development and performance experiences. They support the achievement of medals in talent, national and international competition, enrich performance in local competitions, increase participation, raise educational standards, enhance wellbeing and drive social change. Sport coaches can influence national wellness to reduce burden on the National Health Service.
This occupation is found in the sport and physical activity sector in high-performance, community and school environments.
HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT COACHES: develop athletes and players in high-performance settings, including those on talent or development pathways, national or international programmes, professional or podium environments.
COMMUNITY SPORT COACHES: motivate and engage people of all ages and abilities in community sports and physical activity settings. Community sport includes local authority, charity and national governing body of sport community initiatives or clubs.
SCHOOL SPORT COACHES: collaborate with teachers to develop pupils’ mastery of psychomotor skills by applying a whole child approach in their coaching. They work in all categories of school and registered childcare environments.
Professional Qualification – None
Typical job titles include – Club coach, Community Coach, Performance/pathway/podium coach, School Coach, Talent Development Coach
Professional Recognition – The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) for 4
Entry Requirements – For entry onto this apprenticeship, learners must have 4 GCSE’s at grade C/4 and above including English, Maths and either Physical Education or BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport. In addition, they should also have at least 1 NGB Certificate in Coaching at Level 1 or above as well as experience in coaching at either a sports club or holiday club. Learners for this apprenticeship must be 19+.
Delivery and Assessment – Tasks and Assessments are delivered through set study days and distance learning on a VLE platform or in college. As part of the apprenticeship, there will be a number of specific skills that will be monitored and observed by employers to prove that learners have reached a certain level of understanding. Delivery will be through a blended model of classroom delivery, distance learning and training and support in the workplace. Duration – 21 months in total (24 months if on School Sport Coach pathway)
Progression – After completing the Level 4 Sports Coaching Apprenticeship, successful apprentices should be looking for permanent sport coaching employment in the selected pathway e.g. Supporting PE in Schools. Alternatively, there is the option to pursue HE opportunities to gain further qualifications to support other career opportunities.
Team Leader or Supervisor Apprenticeship
A Team leader or supervisor is a first line management role, with operational and project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role.
Key responsibilities are likely to include supporting, managing and developing team members, managing projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resources, delivering operational plans, resolving problems, and building relationships internally and externally.
Professional Qualification – None
Typical job titles include – Supervisor, Team leader, Project officer, Shift supervisor, Foreperson, and Shift manager.
Professional Recognition – On completion, apprentices may choose to register as Associate Members with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of leadership and management, to support their professional career development and progression.
Entry Requirements –5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 and above or equivalent including English and Maths. This subject area is complex and the candidate will need to have a good command of reading, writing and language skills, along with the ability to research. The candidate will be required to work at an A level or equivalent standard, must be working in a role that allows them to demonstrate the management of people, projects, problem solving, and with some management of finance/budgets through naturally occurring work-based activities.
Delivery and Assessment – This will be delivered in the workplace, supported by an interactive/digital workbook in preparation for the exam-based elements of the qualification. The candidate will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with management experience who will guide them through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one-to-one support visits. The duration of the apprenticeship will vary. Duration – 18 months in total
Progression – This qualification allows learners to progress in their career and be better equipped to climb the career ladder, with the core skills that are needed for the start of progression into a more senior management position – for example, within operations, as a department manager and/or director level position. The qualification allows progression onto- ILM Level 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers.