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Sports Centre Leisure Apprentice

Brighton College
Brighton, East Sussex
£8.00 per hour for the first 12 months, then NMW/NLW thereafter (aged under 21 - £8.00 ph)
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

Job Details

Brighton College is seeking to appoint a Sports Centre Leisure Apprentice, for 18 months in duration.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Brighton College as a Sports Centre Leisure Apprentice. You will work as part of a friendly and supportive team in our inspiring and exciting School of Science and Sport, featuring a range of world-class sports facilities.

The apprenticeship programme through Swim UK provides an opportunity to develop skills across the whole range of activities the centre provides. These include gaining practical experience in: lifeguarding, assisting with swimming lessons, pool water testing, cleaning, setting up the pool and administrative tasks.

Full training will be given and will lead to the possible attainment of the nationally recognised qualifications below.  You will be given an Individual Learning Plan for the following qualifications, which you will undertake in and around your working hours:

  • Level 2 Leisure Team Member apprenticeship standard
  • RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching)
  • ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics
  • Level 2 Active IQ Gym/Fitness Instructing
  • Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills (English & Maths), if required.
  • Various one day courses, e.g. water testing, safeguarding, first aid etc.

Desirable qualities:

  • Interest and/or background in swimming or sports.
  • Highly organised.
  • Good time management.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Motivated to learn and achieve new qualifications.
  • Ability to consider how equalities, diversity and inclusion matters should be considered in a leisure and sports environment.

Candidates should be able to achieve the following as part of the swimming test:

  • Jump/dive into deep water.
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds.
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool.
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps.

Safeguarding responsibilities:

  • This role will involve daily contact with pupils, and you will be engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. 
  • All staff and volunteers have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.

Hours of work:

  • You will be required to work 30 hours per week as directed by the Head of Sport and Science Facilities.
  • This will include early mornings, evenings and weekends.


  • 20 days (pro rata), in addition to bank holidays. 
  • Annual leave should be taken during the school holidays.


  • Significantly subsidised gym membership for the School of Science and Sport is available for eligible employees, which includes access to yoga and Pilates classes, the gym and pool.
  • Healthy heart checks.
  • Meditation sessions.
  • Access to books, magazines and DVDs from the College Library.


  • Complimentary lunch is provided during term-time.
  • Free tickets to the College's music, dance and drama performances.
  • Job specific Learning and Development programme available to all employees.
  • Life Cover is provided to eligible employees whilst working at Brighton College after successfully passing probation period.
  • Brighton College provides a contributory pension scheme, which all eligible employees will be automatically enrolled into within 3 months of employment.
  • Perkbox: Employee* benefit and rewards platform which provides access to a wide range of discounts, employee benefits and wellbeing resources. *Eligible staff are those who are exclusively employed at Brighton College and on a permanent, contracted hours basis.


Brighton College is one of the UK’s leading schools and the oldest public school in Sussex.

The College was recently named ‘England's School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times. The award was given on the basis of our exceptional examination results as well as our fundamental emphasis on kindness and social engagement.

The Sunday Times also named Brighton College ‘England’s Independent School of the Year 2019’, the second time in a decade the school has won this accolade. The Week magazine named Brighton College ‘Most forward-thinking school in Britain’ for two years running in 2017 and 2018. Tatler magazine awarded Richard Cairns the title of ‘Head Master of the Year 2012-13’, and Brighton College was named UK ‘Independent School of the Year 2013- 14’ at the Independent Schools Awards. The last full ISI inspection in 2015 awarded the College the top grade in every category including ‘Exceptional’ for teaching and learning.

The Brighton College family of schools also includes Brighton College Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School, St Christopher’s School and Handcross Park, educating a further 1,150 children aged 3 to 13. Overseas, the College has opened Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Brighton College Al Ain, Brighton College Dubai and Brighton College Bangkok, with Brighton College Singapore the most recent addition, having opened in September 2020.

There has also been major investment in new facilities over the last ten years. This has seen the construction of five major buildings on the main site, including the new £55m School of Science and Sport which opened in January 2020, which includes eighteen state-of-the-art laboratories alongside a new sports hall, 25-metre swimming pool, fitness centre and roof-top running track. Other recent additions include two new boarding houses, a state-of-the-art Music School and the Yeoh Building, a teaching building which includes 22 classrooms for maths, history, economics, politics and EAL, alongside an innovative Creative Learning Centre, opened in 2017.

Above all, Brighton is a very happy place where staff and pupils feel fulfilled and purposeful. We are proud to have taken a progressive stand on diversity, equality and inclusion and we are committed to furthering this agenda through our teaching, and all aspects of the life of the school. We are a member of the School Inclusion Alliance and an important aspect of our vision for education is to increase diversity among our teaching staff to enrich all aspects of the life of the College and provide diverse role models for all pupils. We pride ourselves on being a warm, inclusive and respectful community, where our staff are welcoming and positive and our pupils are intellectually curious and kind.

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01273 704386
Eastern Road
East Sussex

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