Parent/Carer Info

INTRODUCTION As Parents/Carers we hope that this brief overview will give you the information you need to provide a supportive role in future decisions of your son/daughter/charges. This is an overview of what to expect when embarking on a PE Apprenticeship with Sporting Futures Training. Working in partnership with our host/partner schools we hope to develop and empower the individual to equip them with the skill set and employability skills that will enable them to fulfil their role as a PE Apprentice within a School Setting. What qualifications are involved in Intermediate apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships? Apprenticeships are work-based learning programs that allow for an individual to gain levels of competency relevant to the job role they are appointed for, in this case the role would be a PE Apprentice. The Apprenticeship program can lead to further study and entry level to Higher Education Establishments or it can lead to next steps on a career pathway of an individual’s choosing. It does not carry UCAS points BUT the invaluable opportunity to develop work based experience and the associated life skills that accompany such an alternative route. NVQ and QCF qualifications - are designed around the skills people use at work and cover all types and levels of work. Each qualification is made up of a number of units of competence which set out what an individual must be able to do in a given area and to what standard. An NVQ and QFC National standards are set by national employer led-bodies, who know exactly what skills are needed to do each job well. Each individual unit is assessed and credited and a qualification is awarded when all of the required units have been achieved. Assessment activities take place within the workplace by a qualified assessor. What does the Role Involve? A Regular week would involve a PE Apprentice being employed within a school and working four days within school and being released for one day to attend training and support the delivery of localised competitions as organised by the local PE and School Sport Network. An example of appropriate tasks for a PE Apprentice to undertake are shown below: • As young support staff PE Apprentices should not be on their own with a group unless there is an identified member of staff working in close vicinity. One aspect of their role is to enhance numbers at clubs NOT to take responsibility for clubs. Unless they are a more experienced NGB level 2 coach, in which case the delivery ratio is 16:1. • By mid- spring term most of our young support staff will be internally trained to allow for their competence to be assessed by your school/club to determine whether increased responsibility with lunchtime clubs etc can be given. General duties • To support PE Department/PE Subject Leader with delivery of PE and School Sport (They will be viewed as an ‘Extra pair of hands.’) • Dependent upon which model, they will be placed within a host school for 5 days with time being set aside for training or they will be placed in a host school for 4 days with one day a week set aside for training and workforce capacity i.e. to support with delivery of competitions, link with School Games Organiser. • A PE display board could become the responsibility of the Apprentice • They could assist with extra-curricular activities • Support Young Ambassadors, Sports Leaders and potentially support and lead youth sports forums within schools • Depending upon ability and confidence of apprentice they can work leading warm-ups and leading small groups of identified young people in sports related activities • Confidentiality would be adhered to by Apprentices and all aspects of safe guarding covered through their training plus additional school specific training as appropriate. Support and Guidance • Every Apprentice will be assigned a Tutor who will work with them to ensure progress is made towards the successful completion of their Apprenticeship. • Within the work setting they will also be assigned a mentor to support and guide them in the work place