How did you hear about the apprenticeship at Brighton Swimming School?
“I was told by El, who is a youth worker and she got in touch with Luke Hardy for further information about the role.”
How long have you been in post here and are you enjoying the role?
“It’s really good, everyone is really friendly and offer plenty of support. I started here on the fourth of September 2017 so just over two months now.”
What courses have you completed so far?
“I’ve just finished my National Pool Lifeguard Course which was really good. I also completed a National Rescue Award swimming teachers and coaches (NRASTC) when I started my job as an induction.”
What’s the best thing about your apprenticeship so far?
“Just the fact that I am able to learn whilst on the job and gain qualifications so I can get a feel for what work is going to be like.”
Is this your first proper job and how have you found the transition from school life into work?
“I knew I’d prefer getting a proper job more than school because classroom-based learning isn’t really my sort of thing. I also coach gymnastics as a voluntary job and have been doing that for just over a year so I’m definitely more used to working now.”
What do you hope to do after your apprenticeship?
“I’d quite like to stay at Brighton Swimming School because I know everyone and I really enjoy the work but I know that apprenticeships aren’t a guaranteed job. Apart from that, I’m trying to keep my options open because this is the reason I have come to Brighton Swimming School. I don’t have much of a swimming background and I’m quite a sporty person so doing the wet side of sport is something I knew I’d find really interesting.”
How have you found your tutors so far?
“They’ve been really helpful. For the National Pool Lifeguard Course, I had Ash who was very helpful; he went into a lot more detail than was needed but taught it in ways that made it interesting and memorable. Everyone I’ve had so far has been really supportive and it’s never been too much pressure.”
Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
“I do gymnastics three times a week and I coach two times a week. I’ve been doing gymnastics from a very early age so it’s become a big part of my routine.”
Was Swim UK helpful during the induction process?
“Yes definitely, If I’m honest I completely forgot that I was doing the induction because it was relaxed and went straight into the job which was nice because it wasn’t pressured or awkward in any way.”