Printed Date: 27/04/2018

Earning & Learning with GLL’s Apprenticeship Schemes

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2015 (9th – 13th March), GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, is on track to make offers to a number of Lifeguard and Customer Service Assistant apprentices this year.

Running apprenticeship schemes since 1998, GLL is committed to offering ways into work for local communities and young people. The organisation currently employs over 8,500 people throughout the UK, with the majority recruited from their local area, many of which are in some of the most deprived areas in the UK. As part of GLL’s social inclusion values and aspirations, throughout 2015 they will be offering up to 50 Lifeguard/Recreation Assistant apprentice placements and approximately 40 Customer Service Assistant apprentice placements mainly in London but in their regional facilities too. As of this year, GLL will also be offering a brand new Ice Apprenticeship, Tennis Apprenticeship and Library Apprenticeship.

Apprentices are placed within one of GLL’s 150+ leisure centres for up to 12 months to experience what it’s really like to do the job. At the same time apprentices will also gain an NVQ Level 2 qualification, so that at the end of the scheme, they will have the best chance of being successful in a guaranteed job interview.

The scheme is also offered at the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which GLL operates on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation. This year, the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award was given to GLL’s Steven Condon from Tower Hamlets. Twenty-one year old Steven began working at the Copper Box Arena in June 2013 and has been successfully promoted to Venue Duty Manager, which now sees him play a key role in managing the day-to-day operation of the venue.

Gerry Kendrick, GLL’s Head of HR Operational Services, said, “We’re proud to support young people getting onto the career ladder. The GLL apprenticeship schemes are a great way to get real work experience, a salary, training and qualifications in the leisure industry – which for the right people, can offer a long-term and fulfilling career. And from a business perspective, it helps us to meet the workforce need for our entry level roles and train the managers of the future.”

ICON, the training provider who work in partnership with GLL, are recruiting for upcoming apprenticeship schemes, up to December. For more information visit the National Apprenticeship Service website:

Notes to the editor

About GLL
Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. We operate over 150 public sport and leisure centres and 27 libraries (including three prison libraries) in partnership with over 30 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Our leisure facilities enjoy more than 40 million visitors a year with over 490,000 members.

Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, we operate in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education - as well as offering the GLL Sports Foundation, one of the largest independent support programmes for talented young athletes in the UK.

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Donna Mitchell
PR & Communications Manager, GLL
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