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Job Title : Lifeguarding/Leisure Apprentice
Employer : Legacy Leisure - Backwell Leisure Centre - Backwell
Location : Backwell, Somerset, BS48 3PB
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Framework and Level : Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Sector : Fitness and Active Leisure
Vacancy Reference : VAC-44652
Vacancy Short Description : Are you looking to start a career in the leisure industry? Backwell Leisure Centre is offering a Leisure/Lifeguarding Apprentice and are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team. This is a 12-15 month apprenticeship, which aims to provide our apprentice a range of experience and help them develop and progress into the leisure industry.

We are looking for two apprentices to join our operations team. This is an exciting opportunity where you will be responsible for the safety and enjoyment of our customers using the facilities. Energy and enthusiasm is a must for this role as you will be promoting our philosophy of Quality, Care and Excellence in the service you provide.


Qualifications Required : No previous qualifications required
Vacancy Full Description : This will be a varied role within the club and your main duties will include:

• Preparing activity areas to include the safe setting up/dismantling of equipment and ensuring that all equipment is stored safely and securely when not in use.
• Monitoring and helping to maintain a safe and comfortable leisure centre environment by implementing organisational maintenance schedules.
• Ensuring the highest possible standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained by carrying out routine and other cleaning tasks when required.
• Assisting customers with enquires in a friendly and effective manner, proactively developing and maintaining high standards of customer care.
• Working as part of a team to ensure the smooth operation of the facility.
• Taking occasional responsibility for the induction and development of new members of staff.
• In a wet-side facility, supervising the safety of the swimming pool environment and working to prevent accidents and emergencies.
• Meeting the training and development requirements of the job role.
• Reception duties including telephone enquiries and face to face enquiries
• Working within the job role description at this level, recognising the standards and professional limitations that this provides, referring to appropriate members of staff for guidance and support.
• Maintaining a safe pool environment through excellent lifeguarding practices
• Carrying out regular cleaning and maintenance regimes
• Preparation of activity area and equipment
• Attendance at regular pool training

A Recreation Assistant is responsible for the cleaning, preparation and general safety of areas in a sport and recreation facility.

In ‘wet-side’ facilities they will have a key responsibility for the safety of customers in the swimming pool and its surrounding areas. In ‘dry-side’ facilities there may be a greater emphasis on the setting up, taking down and storage of equipment.

In both cases Recreation Assistants are the first point of contact with customers and will need strong communication and social skills.

Through work experience, coaching, training and development (both practical and vocational), and from completing a structured learning programme to obtain work related qualifications, develop and demonstrate both an understanding of and capability to carry out the activities of a practising Leisure Assistant / Lifeguard.

To be considered for this role, you must be a strong and confident swimmer.

If you are invited to interview for this role you will be required to complete a swim test as part of the interview process, in order to be considered for the role you must be able to demonstrate you are able to do the following.

• Jump/dive into deep water
• Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds
• Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water and then tread water for 30 seconds
• Surface dive to floor of pool (deepest part)
• Climb out unaided without ladders/steps and where pool design permits
Number of Positions Available : 2
Working Week : 32 Hours Per Week Inc. Evenings and Weekends
Weekly Wage : £160.00
Application Deadline Date : 14/01/2020
Possible Start Date : 21/01/2020
Personal Qualities : ● You will be flexible, a team player, possess good communication skills, and self motivated.
● You must be willing to work a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts to meet the demands of the business.
● You will need an interest in leisure and be willing to provide excellent customer service to our users.
● NPLQ & FAAW qualification desirable but not essential
● Previous experience working in a leisure centre would be advantageous but not essential.
Skills Required : Candidates must be passionate about wanting to work within the leisure industry and willing to work towards their Apprenticeship. Training will be provided to work towards an Level 2 in Leisure Operations and RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.
Future Prospects : Possible progression to further learning or possible full time job
Training to be Provided : Apprenticeship in Leisure Operations and Leisure Management
Functional Skills in Maths
Functional Skills in English
Functional Skills in ICT
Other Information : The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.90 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £6.15 an hour for 18-20 year olds, £7.70 for anyone aged 21 to 24 and £8.21 for those over 25. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). These rates apply from 1st April 2019.

What can Legacy Leisure offer you?
● Competitive salary
● Generous annual leave
● The Parkwood Leisure Holdings Ltd Group are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers that are committed to inclusion and diversity.
● Free gym membership for you and a nominated person
● Employee health cash plan
● Employee discount portal - discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out, leisure activities and your day to day spending
● Cycle to Work scheme
● Pension Scheme
● Company sick pay
● Career progression
● Training and development
● DBS check upon recruitment

Legacy Leisure is a well established business that is continuously growing. Successful applicants can look forward to joining a company that can offer career prospects and believes in investing in its people.
Things to consider : The key dates are to be used as a guide only. Should the right candidate be found, this vacancy may close early.
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