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TRAINING Street League and Decathlon join forces

Street League – a char- ity which aims to change lives through football – and sports retailer Decathlon have teamed up to help unem- ployed young people gain access to the workplace. To mark the new partner-

ship, Decathlon managing director, Steve Dykes was joined by Paul Evans, Street League director of operations, at Street League’s South-East London Academy where 15 young peo- ple were given work experience opportunities at Decathlon stores across the UK. The launch also saw

The first step to sporting participation

IAN TAYLOR is chief executive at Skills Active

Street League works with 16 to 25-year-olds who are not in employment

Decathlon donate more than £20,000 worth of sporting equipment which will be deployed across the 96 Street League acade- mies nationwide. In the first phase of the partnership six

Decathlon stores will offer Street League par- ticipants the opportunity to gain retail work experience while staff will volunteer their time to mentor participants on the academy programme. Speaking about the partnership, Steve Dykes

said: “Te job market is highly competitive and without academic qualifications or relevant

experience it is very difficult for youngsters to get a foot on the employment ladder. “Tis partnership will signpost youngsters with

a passion for sport into our stores where they can learn skills to make them more employable.” Academy participant, Bianca Murray said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the first two weeks of Street League which has included Maths, English and playing football. I’d be really interested in a job in retail and I am hoping that this course will also help me in my goal to teach Street Dance.” Details:

Premier and Les Mills launch new course

Premier Training and Les Mills have teamed up to deliver a new exercise to music qualification which will give instructors further employment opportunities whilst they carrying out their training. The course provides

learners with the pre- requisite knowledge to go on and complete any of the Les Mi l ls pro- grammes which includes, Bodypump, Bodyattack and Bodycombat among others. Jean-Ann Marnoch,


s the certification body for apprenticeships in our sectors, all eyes at SkillsActive are on National Apprenticeship Week

– a nationwide campaign designed to cel- ebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. From our perspective, we need to make

sure that employers in our sectors are made aware of the benefits that appren- ticeships can bring to an organisation. We are in a vibrant, appealing workspace for young people, and apprenticeships are a key mechanism in bringing people to our sector. We must maximise their potential. As the government-licensed sector skills

council for active leisure, learning and wellbeing, we have worked with employers to develop a set of apprenticeship frame- works. An apprenticeship framework defines the requirements for an appren- ticeship programme. It is used by training providers, colleges, and employers across the sector to ensure that all apprenticeship programmes are delivered consistently and to national standards. Each frame- work includes details of the qualifications needed to be completed, the key skills tar- gets, and any other requirements of the apprenticeship. Tere were a total of 263,292 apprentice-

Te qualification is a collaboration between Premier and Les Mills

instructor experience director at Les Mills, said: “Our partnership with Premier is a fan- tastic opportunity to drive the Les Mills name out to more graduates as we continue with our aim to create a fitter planet.” Paul Dorkings, Sales Director at Premier

Training International, also commented: “Tis is an extremely exciting partnership for us. We’re thrilled to be working with Les Mills.


With over 15,000 gyms and clubs across 80 countries offering the Les Mills group fitness and team training programmes we know they are the best solution for our learners. “We’re really looking forward to being

involved in the development of our learners and watching them grow into exceptional group exercise instructors.” Details:

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ships certified in the UK last year and our sectors are one of the leaders. Tis is a fan- tastic figure and one we should be proud of, however there is still more we can do in the coming year. Tis is the area where young people want to forge a career in and we have a responsibility to make this as accessible as possible. We are in an excit- ing space, let’s share this with learners and apprentices and allow them to be a part of the fantastic work we’re all doing. Apprenticeships ensure that your

workforce has the practical skills and quali- fications that your organisation needs now and in the future. Te mixture of on and off-the-job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business.

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