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£1.9m aep scheme launches
The government has launched its £1.9m
Apprenticeship Expansion Programme
(AEP) in sport and active leisure, created
to get more than 1,400 people involved in
apprenticeships during the next two years
and to help fi ll the skills gap of not enough
Level 3 professionals.
AEP is led by the National Skills
We always joke about the English summer Academy for Sport and Active Leisure
and whether we will actually have one (NSA) in collaboration with training
at all. Well it’s crunch time. Temperatures
provider Lifetime – the Centre of Apprentices will enter the
should begin to rise and the sun should
Excellence for Fitness for National workplace to complete their NVQ
start to shine on our exercise regimes!
Employers. The programme is designed
to meet the additional expenses, such Level 3 personal training qualifi cation
So, what if we do have a summer? The
as training and management costs, over fi ve weeks. They will then enter the
warmer weather will impact people’s ability
associated with expanding apprenticeship workplace to complete their NVQ. The
to maintain the same level of exercise. Any
schemes from Level 2 to Level 3. government may also fund the fi rst three
signifi cant increase in temperature will
Apprentices will be equipped with the months of an apprentice’s wages.
necessary work-based skills by Lifetime, The programme will be run in
amplify the diffi culty of exercise at any
which will provide government-funded partnership with private operators and
given intensity depending on individual
training in Level 2 fi tness instructing leisure management companies that
fi tness levels. That is, exercise will begin to
during a four-week course, as well as a are NSA members.
feel harder, sooner. Furthermore, the body
has to work harder in the heat to maintain
its internal body temperature by removing
fi t for sport and total fi tness join forces
the heat generated during exercise through
perspiration. Meaning we also lose more
Training provider Fit For Sport has
fl uid and the risk of dehydration increases.
partnered with Total Fitness health
clubs to equip 56 of its fi tness staff with
It’s interesting that at a time when people
the skills to run children’s activities. Staff will
look to enjoy their exercise even more, .IST
The Active IQ-accredited NVQ be trained
there is an increased risk that it could feel
Active Leadership qualifi cation includes to engage

harder and less enjoyable. However, this
practical training in behavioural with
A management, the engagement of children
risk can be signifi cantly reduced simply by
children and communication. The
ensuring that the fl uid and electrolytes lost
seven-month course is designed to
in sweat are replaced.
provide instructors with the skills to
adapt and improve existing classes.
The guidelines remain the same all
year round; drink to maintain hydration
by consuming fl uids little and often or
according to thirst. Just remember you
shokk is accredited by the nsa
might need a little bit more than normal – Youth activity specialist SHOKK has Curriculum, to ensure young people
even in our summer time! been awarded the North West Centre develop complementary skills in and out
of Vocational Excellence, as part of the of the school environment.
Nick Morgan
National Skills Academy for Sport and The NSA was developed by Skills
Head of Sport Science for Lucozade Sport Active Leisure (NSA). Active to create a coherent approach
The LSSA has extensive knowledge
SHOKK will work in partnership to the industry’s skills training, thereby
drawing on over 30 years of experience
with Trafford College and Salford better meeting the needs of employers.
in sports nutrition research.
University to co-ordinate and deliver It does so through government-funded,
free training and qualifi cations in youth work-based learning using a network of
activity, as well as career progression Centres of Excellence.
courses. The employer-focused courses The NSA enables employees to take
include one- and two-day CPD courses, control of the design and delivery of
NVQs, VRQs and workshops to train learning in their industry, working in
instructors and activity leaders. partnership with the government and
All programmes will be linked with training providers from both the public
key stage 2, 3 and 4 of the National and private sectors.
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