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Job Title : Leisure Assistant Apprentice
Employer : Torbay Leisure Centre - Paignton, Devon
Location : Clennon Valley, Devon, TQ4 5JR
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Framework and Level : Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Sector : Fitness and Active Leisure
Vacancy Reference : VAC-50737
Vacancy Short Description : Torbay Leisure Centre, part of Parkwood Leisure are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a passion for health and fitness to join our friendly centre as an Leisure Assistant Apprentice!


Qualifications Required : No Qualifications Required
Vacancy Full Description : Torbay Leisure Centre are looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates to work with them as an Leisure Assistant Apprentice and gain their Level 2 in Leisure Operations!

This is a 12-15 month apprenticeship, training will be provided to work towards a Level 2 in Leisure Operations and National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

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. 
• Resolving customers’ problems, including situations where there is disagreement over the actions and outcomes involved. 
• Working as part of a team to ensure the smooth operation of the facility. 
• Following Normal and Emergency Operating Procedures. 
• Accurately filling in forms or reports relating to their normal duties. 
• 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. 
• 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

If you are a strong swimmer, keen to learn and an enthusiastic team player - Apply now.
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 40 hours per week inc. evenings and weekends
Weekly Wage : £220.00
Application Deadline Date : 28/01/2020
Possible Start Date : 04/02/2020
Personal Qualities : Ability to work within a team
Skills Required : Strong Swimmers - Candidates will be required to work towards their NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification)
Strong interest in the Sports and Leisure industry
Future Prospects : On going development and training
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 £3.70 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 £5.90 an hour for 18-20 year olds, £7.38 for anyone aged 21 to 24 and £7.83 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).
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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