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Active Essex apprentices boost in Harlow

Politics / Tue 24th Nov 2015 at 09:27am

ACTIVE Essex is taking part in an innovative Sports Development Apprentice Programme and has appointed nine apprentices across Essex to develop their skills and learn about the world of sport.

The Apprenticeship programme is delivered in partnership with Creative Sport and Leisure. It is aimed at developing young people in the sports world by equipping them with a high level of skills and understanding, providing a future quality workforce for Essex within local Networks.

Active Essex is the 5th biggest County Sports Partnership in the country, encompassing 14 local authorities in Greater Essex. It aims to bring together partners and support those passionate about increasing sport and physical activity at a local level, creating a network of local authorities, public health, physical activity, schools, clubs and National Governing Bodies of Sport.

The Apprenticeship Programme supports the Government’s plans to reach 3 million apprenticeships in England by 2020. Active Essex are aiming to help reach this target and are the first County Sports Partnership in England to have Sports Development Apprentices working and supporting Active Networks in local areas.

As part of the programme, apprentices will be trained to work alongside sport development officers across Essex to increase sport and physical activity opportunities. They will also study and gather evidence for an NVQ Level 3 in Sports Development.

So far, apprentices have been appointed in Colchester, Harlow, Epping Forest, Southend, Rochford, Brentwood, Braintree, Uttlesford, and Basildon. Two further apprentices will be appointed for Chelmsford and Tendring.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “This is an excellent programme that inspires young people who wish to pursue a career in sport and physical activity by teaching them key skills and encouraging personal growth”.

“It is essential that we support young people from all backgrounds into jobs, careers and learning and that is why this scheme is so important.”

Gary Sullivan OBE, Active Essex Chair, said: “Active Essex encourages and facilitates young people to get involved in the world of sport. We recognise that apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity and one of the current Government’s flagship programmes for moving people into sustainable employment.

“We are committed to ensuring that individuals, organisations, volunteers and communities supporting the delivery of Physical Activity and Sport are skilled to the highest possible levels.”

Zara Clarke, Active Brentwood Apprentice, said: “This apprenticeship is giving me a great career opportunity to gain on the job experience and a qualification in the world of sport development.”

For further details about the Sports Development Apprentice Programme, visit: http://www.creativesportandleisure.co.uk/news/active-essex-apprenticeship-programme-assessment-day

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