Paige Jones, 19, and Connor Martin, 18, work at Active Trowbridge at Trowbridge Town Council. They are undertaking a Level 2 Community Sports Coach apprenticeship, having just started in January this year, they shared their thoughts and advice so far.
Did you know much about apprenticeships before you applied for this role?
I had attended Sixth Form for 1 year and then completed a Level 3 Coaching and Sports Development course at College over 2 years. I had heard about apprenticeships at School and knew I wanted to start working straight away so I applied for this role.
I went to College as well and completed a Level 1 Sports Development course, I didn’t know a lot about apprenticeships, but I thought it would be best, to be learning and earn at the same time.
What does your day to day look like?
I work at the breakfast club, lunchtime club and after school clubs, where we serve breakfast, take the children outside and play sports for 20 minutes. At lunchtime and after school we play different sports. In between these we have time in the office, I also support half term clubs during the holidays.
My role is slightly different as I also work one evening a week at the Studley Green community centre at a youth drop in called ‘Doorstep’ we provide a safe place for any young person between 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Keeping them busy and active in a positive way to keep them off the streets.
What is the best part of an apprenticeship would you say so far?
The interaction with the Schools and seeing the kids, being able to be face to face again. At College you don’t gain any experience, I know so many friends have gone to Uni and wish they had done an apprenticeship instead, you can gain experience and money! I am learning and carrying out tasks not just sitting in a lecture.