Apprentices are REPs’ newest members

Oldham Community Leisure Limited (OCLL) has demonstrated its commitment to creating a qualified and competent workforce by registering graduates from its Modern Apprenticeship Scheme on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

The apprentice programme within OCLL provides paid employment for individuals whilst receiving on and off the job training. The seven new Modern Apprentices will join the existing six Modern Apprentices who were recruited late last year in a formal training plan which includes a Level 2 qualification in Gym Instruction, BSC Level 1 in Health and Safety, First Aid, Customer Care and Manual Handling training and for those based at a wet site a Level 2 qualification in Pool Plant Operations.  By recruiting new Modern Apprentices this has given those already in the existing programme an opportunity to move into other areas of the company such as Outdoor Pursuits and Sports Development.

These qualifications will give the individuals a good grounding of operational qualifications along with relevant experience.  Louise McGreal, Head of Human Resources adds: “To have individuals, that at the end of their Apprenticeship, have a great balance of operational qualifications and experience, will put them in an excellent position to be recruited for a more permanent position within the company.  All apprentices are offered casual work as a minimum at the end of the scheme and many have remained employed and continue to work and train with OCLL.”

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch commented: “This is a great show of support for the Register and we wish all the young people on OCLL’s Modern Apprenticeship Programme the very best for a life-long career in the fitness and leisure sector.”

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