Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Apprenticeships for employers 

Develop a skilled and motivated workforce to maximise impact on children’s health and well-being.

Accredited sport and physical activity apprenticeships that give leaners the knowledge, skills and confidence to inspire children to be more active, more often.

Bespoke sport and physical activity apprenticeships.

Finding and retaining skilled and motivated team members can be a challenge; apprenticeships provide a solution. Apprenticeships provide a pipeline for a skilled workforce and enable you to create your own talented team.

Whether you're looking to upskill your workforce or bring in fresh talent, our bespoke sport and physical activity apprenticeships help you build a strong and dynamic workforce. As specialist providers, we design training programs that align with your specific job roles and organisational needs to ensure quality and value.

Intermediate Apprenticeships - Level 2. Equivalent to five GCSE passes,

Level 2 Community Activator Coach

Learners engage with training to plan, deliver, and reflect on the delivery of sport and activity opportunities within a school, local community, or sports organisation to help make a difference to health and well-being.


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Advanced Apprenticeships - Level 3. Equivalent to two A Level passes.

Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer

Apprentices have an important role to play in improving the health and well-being of children, families and communities by delivering fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help to bring about a change in physical activity habits.


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Advanced Apprenticeships - Level 3. Equivalent to two A Level passes.

Level 3 Teaching Assistant with PE and School Sport Specialism

Apprentices engage with training that develops and enhances their classroom practice, teaching skills and understanding of the PE curriculum to help your school meet strategic priorities and national targets for physical activity and PE.


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Higher Apprenticeships - Level 4. Equivalent to a Higher National Certificate (HNC), or the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Level 4 School Sports Coach

Apprentices work both autonomously and collaboratively to design and deliver progressive and engaging coaching programmes that align to wider curriculum plans, developing participants’ skills and performance.


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Award-winning training provider.

We specialise in PE, sport and physical activity. We tailor our apprenticeships to suit the needs of your organisation and structure the training to work alongside the job role.

Multi-award winning provider.

Experienced specialist in the sport and physical activity sector.

Quality apprenticeship programmes delivered with added value training and qualifications.

Blending learning programme providing information, advice and guidance for learners.

Ongoing dedicated account management.

Support employers to access apprenticeship incentive grants.

Support learners into employment, further training, or higher education.

Actively working with over 120 organisations.

Skills festivals, including sports and education CPD, guest speakers, apprenticeship networking and sharing of good practice.


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What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice?

Employers in the sports and physical activity sector can develop talent and cut recruitment costs by hiring apprentices. These apprenticeships provide valuable work experience, shaping individuals into ideal employees. Apprentices receive on-the-job training, reducing financial overheads and learning from experienced staff. This arrangement allows them to develop skills and contribute to the organisation's revenue, benefiting both parties.

Apprenticeships engage children in physical activity, support coaches, extend services, create jobs, boost revenue, train a loyal workforce, and enhance industry reputation. They promote health, community growth, and professional development.

What impact can an apprentice have on schools?

PE and Sports Apprentices, hired directly or via coaching providers, offer numerous benefits to schools. They help achieve physical education objectives, support full-time teachers, and create extra extracurricular opportunities. These apprentices engage with underrepresented groups, contribute to pastoral work and community projects, and boost parental involvement. The outcome is a healthier school environment with improved morale, activity levels, and diversity.

Can the apprenticeship be tailored to each organisation or school?

Our apprenticeship standards provide sports sector employers with the adaptability to tailor apprentice roles to their unique needs.

We offer comprehensive, customisable training that meets core apprenticeship standards and incorporates specialised training to boost competency development within the apprenticeship framework. 

What are the employers’ responsibilities?

In order for an apprenticeship to be meaningful and effective, it is crucial that a genuine job opportunity exists, accompanied by a sufficiently long-term employment contract that allows the apprentice to successfully complete their apprenticeship program. It is the responsibility of employers to provide appropriate wages for apprentices, ensuring fair compensation for their work.

Employers partnering with Aspire Training Solutions have key responsibilities in the apprenticeship program. They collaborate with Aspire to select the appropriate apprentice standard, advertise and recruit apprentices, and negotiate the training plan. Employers are committed to inclusive recruitment, compliance with employment legislation and funding rules, and providing ongoing mentoring and fair treatment to apprentices. They create a supportive environment and prioritise the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, including apprentices.

What is the maximum age you can do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships, with no maximum age limit, are available to anyone seeking professional growth, irrespective of age or experience. They cater to both young individuals entering the workforce and seasoned professionals seeking knowledge expansion or career changes, leading to a more diverse apprenticeship landscape.

How do Aspire support with the recruitment of apprentices?

We provide different levels of assistance to employers seeking the perfect apprentice. Our services range from eligibility and CV checks for confident recruiters, to template adverts and CV sifting support for those requiring more guidance. Our paid recruitment service offers shortlisting through digital or face-to-face interviews, boosting engagement and motivation for the program.

Can current employees do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships cater to both existing staff and new hires as professional development tools. Our Level 4 School Sports Coach apprenticeship standard, for instance, enables experienced coaches to further their growth and progress in the industry. Employers can designate weekly training hours for staff, culminating in the final endpoint assessment phase.

How much do employers pay towards the apprenticeship training?

Levy-paying organisations can utilise their funds to cover apprenticeship training costs, with the government covering any surplus. Non-levy organisations contribute 5% towards training costs, while the government funds the rest. Employers can create digital apprenticeship accounts to reserve funds, and non-levy organisations may access unused funds from larger organisations through levy sharing, potentially fully funding their training.

How does the apprenticeship levy work?

Organisations with an annual payroll of £3 million or more contribute to the apprenticeship levy. Each month, 0.5% of the payroll is added as an apprenticeship voucher in their digital account, with a two-year validity. The government contributes an additional 10% monthly to these funds. Organisations utilise these vouchers for apprenticeship training, either by recruiting new apprentices or developing existing staff.

How much do employers have to pay apprentices?

Currently, the national minimum wage for apprentices is £5.28 per hour. The minimum apprenticeship wage applies to those aged 16-18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. 

What financial support is there when employing apprentices aged 16 – 18 years?

The government offers a £1,000 grant for hiring apprentices aged 16-18, paid £500 at three months and £500 at twelve months to the training provider and passed fully to the employer. This recognises that younger apprentices may need more mentoring and support due to less experience and confidence in their roles. The grant incentivises employers to provide additional support for these apprentices.

How much time is needed for apprentices’ off-the-job training?

Apprentices are required to allocate 6 hours per week to developing occupational competency skills. Tutor sessions typically occur in the mornings for convenience. The goal is to enable apprentices to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviours to achieve occupational competency by the end of their program.


Milking Bank Primary School

Milking Bank Primary School faced the challenge of insufficient student participation in physical activity, low utilization of the school's MUGA, and the need for additional support in curricular and extra-curricular activities.

The school employed two apprentices who were studying the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in PE and School Sport to address these issues.

As a result, all pupils are now engaged in physical activity during lunchtime, teachers are better supported during PE lessons and have become more confident in utilising the MUGA. Additionally, the apprentices have become positive role models for the students, which has helped boost their self-esteem and skill levels. Finally, the extra support has also benefited lunchtime supervisors.


Dream Big Sports

"The candidates are now some of our strongest coaches because they have the practical development with the company and the theory with Aspire."

Dillan O’Connor Owner & Director


Essex Professional Coaching

"Apprenticeships are now part of the strategy for our company. Candidates are of a higher calibre because we are better equipped in our recruitment process to engage them and support them from the outset."

Adam Hampson Owner & Director

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