My first three weeks as a Sports Apprentice
I started my apprenticeship at the beginning of February 2017 and so far have loved every second of it! We work on a three-week rota so depending which shift you work that week will determine your day, for example, if you are placed on the early shift your day would start at 8 am and finish at either 2 pm or 4 pm. In a typical day, your role involves meeting and greeting members of the gym as well as students of the college who use the gym, assisting users of the gym with any health and fitness quires they have such as which exercises would be best for their individual goals. Keeping the gym and sports hall clean and tidy, completing administration work such as answering phone calls, signing members in using the computer system, recording the usage statistics of the gym and taking membership payments.
When working the late shift your day will begin at 2 pm or 4 pm and finish at 10 pm, the late shift also involves meeting and greeting members and giving them any help or advice, keeping the gym and sports hall clean and tidy and completing admin work. During the late shift, you will also be required to set up the sports hall for any bookings, such as football, basketball and badminton etc. At the end of your shift, you are given the responsibility of cashing up the daily takings and locking up the building.
So far I am really enjoying meeting and interacting with the members and students who come to the gym, everybody is very friendly and welcoming. It is a rewarding feeling to be meeting so many new people every day, whether that just being having a friendly chat with them or helping them to achieve their fitness goals. Along with working in the gym I have also been enrolled in a Level 3 Personal Trainer course which I will be completing throughout my apprenticeship, Tynemet have also given me the opportunity to travel to London in March, all expenses paid, to complete a one-day Intro to Dance Fitness course, which without my apprenticeship I would not have had the chance to do.
Overall, I am extremely pleased to have been given this opportunity and with the help of staff and the other sports apprentices; I feel I have quickly fit into my new role and already became a valued team member. I feel I have already learnt so much and I am excited to see what else my sports apprenticeship has in store for me. I would highly recommend an apprenticeship as you are not only gaining qualifications but you are also gaining essential real life working experience, providing you with all of the essential skills to continue climbing the ladder of your chosen career after your apprenticeship.
Health and Fitness Apprentice.