Apprentices take Leisure-ly route to work

WEIGHT TO GO . . . apprentices Billy Robb, Liam McCreery, Craig Holmes, Ryan Craig, Michael Brunton and Ryan Hamilton, are pictured with (l-r) David Kyle and Blane Dodds of NLL and Councillor Jim Logue, chairman of NLL.
WEIGHT TO GO . . . apprentices Billy Robb, Liam McCreery, Craig Holmes, Ryan Craig, Michael Brunton and Ryan Hamilton, are pictured with (l-r) David Kyle and Blane Dodds of NLL and Councillor Jim Logue, chairman of NLL.

EIGHT teenagers have started on a new exciting Sports Apprentices Programme designed by the Leisure Trust, North Lanarkshire Council and Motherwell College.

Working at some of the area’s leisure facilities, including at the Sir Matt Busby Centre, Ravenscraig and Wishaw Sports Centre, the apprentices will work towards achieving their Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) which set the level of occupational competence delivered in the workplace while also being paid during their learning experience.

The aim of the programme is to give young people the chance to identify which area of the sport and leisure industry appeals to them by offering a one-year employment contract as an SVQ trainee.

The training will include, lifeguard training, golf workshops, emergency first aid, rugby and badminton basics, gym inductions, customer care and health and safety training.

Blane Dodds, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Leisure, said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain a qualification and workplace experience.

“It’s a great way to get into the sports industry, learn new skills, get support and gain the necessary qualifications to kick-on in the future.”