Are you interested in coaching and working in the sports sector?
The Urdd offer sports apprenticeships across the Country, giving the opportunity for apprentices to work and coach with the Urdd’s experienced staff.
What is the scheme?
The Sports Apprenticeship Scheme offers the opportunity for individuals over the age of 18 to earn qualifications and professional experience within the Sports sector. We have a team of experienced assessors to guide you through the course and ensure that you succeed. It’s a flexible and varied scheme that can be adjusted to suit the learning technique that’s best for you, and your work pattern.
You can complete an internal apprenticeship with the Urdd, that is being employed by the Urdd as a member of staff, but you can also complete the apprenticeship and continue with your current job (external apprenticeship).
The scheme is suitable for individuals who work with children or young people and who support physical education/ sport sessions or are eager to do so.
We have many external apprentices who work in schools as teaching assistants and want to develop their skills and earn qualifications. We also have external apprentices who work in outdoor centres and sport centres, in dance schools and other specific sports. It’s a great opportunity to offer continuous professional development for your workplace, and to offer something exciting for your staff. The scheme is offered all over Wales.
What’s the difference between an ‘internal’ and ‘external’ apprenticeship?
Simply, an internal apprenticeship is when an individual is employed by the Urdd directly. We have opportunities across Wales to be an internal apprentice.
An external apprenticeship is when you already work in a job where you work with children and young people and complete the course as you continue with your job.
Who can take part and what are the requirements?
Internal Apprenticeships: Individuals over the age of 18 can take part and we have opportunities all over Wales. We ask that you have an interest in sports and ready to work with children and young people. The candidate will also need to travel independently form each location in accordance with the job’s requirements.
The successful candidate will spend time developing with the Urdd’s Sports Department. Every apprentice will have the opportunity to be taught by experienced staff, and lead activities of a high standard for children and young people.
External Apprentices: This scheme is suitable for individuals over the age of 18 who work with children and/ or young people and who provide physical education or sports sessions or who are eager to do so. The individuals must be working for 16+ hours a week.
We are always looking for new individuals, schools and centres to take part. We have many external apprentices who work in schools as teaching assistants and want to develop their skills and earn qualifications. We also have external apprentices who work in outdoor centres and sport centres, in dance schools and other specific schools. It’s a great opportunity to offer a continuous professional development in your workplace, and to offer something exciting to your staff. This scheme is offered all across Wales.
Which qualifications will you be completing?
We offer numerous different frameworks to go with your circumstances/job, including:
- Level 2 Activity Leadership Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Sports Development Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Outdoor Programmes Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Supporting Learners and Teaching in School Sports and Physical Education Apprenticeship
Our apprentices also receive a package of additional qualifications that are tailored specially for the individual.
What's the nature of the work?
The main things expected by the apprentices to do is plan, lead and undertake sessions and sports clubs for children and/ or young people in schools and after school clubs.
For the internal apprentices, there will also be a variety of opportunities for them to work in the Urdd’s national sports events such as the Urdd WRU 7’s,Urban Games, 'Gwyl Cynradd' and a lot more. If you are an external apprentice, there are also opportunities for you to volunteer in a variety of events here.
How to apply for an internal apprenticeship?
For example, the apprenticeship begins in September, and we accept applications between March and May. To apply you will need to complete an application form and send it over to us before the closing date (the closing dates vary from year to year). Check if there are opportunities in your area at the moment HERE.
We will have apprenticeship opportunities in specific areas on other times. We will be advertising these opportunities here on our social media platforms or you can send an e-mail to us asking for opportunities in specific areas. You can also register your interest by clicking HERE and filling in the form. We will be notified that you have registered your interest and can send you the relevant information through e-mail.
How to take part in an external apprenticeship?
Are you or your organisation interested in taking part in this great opportunity, contract us by filling in the form below!