VLUK Apprenticeship Programme
Education and training providers in the heart of the sport and leisure sector since 2007.
VLUK are one of the country's largest training providers in the sport and leisure sector, with an outstanding performance track record.
In May 2017, we were awarded Main Provider Status with the Education & Skills Funding Agency to deliver apprenticeships.
We have been successfully delivering our vocational education programmes in partnership with over 50 professional sports organisations and schools since 2007.
With a business founded by sports practitioners and teachers we are proud to have educated over 1500 learners between 2016 and 2017 and to have witnessed many of our alumni advance onto further education and rewarding careers in sport.
As a Government Approved Apprenticeship Training Provider, our courses are designed to meet the needs of your organisation or school and to provide positive career opportunities for our learners aged 14 - 24.
Benefits of taking on an apprentice in partnership with VLUK
Hiring an apprentice puts you in control. Each apprentice works alongside your existing staff, gaining explicit insight into how you operate your institution. Before they receive their qualification an apprentice will be achieving your standards and surpassing your usual application requirements.
- An apprentice is expected to work for up to 30 hours /week and study for a minimum of 6 hours.
- No long term obligation to keep an apprentice on.
- Government funding is available (further info available from VLUK).
Business friendly education provider
- Our online Virtual Technology (The Sport Brain), allows students to study at any time of the week.
- No rigid college timetables.
- Apprentices work through tasks with support of VLUK online assessor.
Career opportunities for young people
- Support the local community and generate positive PR for your business.
- Apprentices gain valuable work experience and a recognised NVQ qualification whilst earning a basic wage.
- According to statistics, at least 90% of apprentices stay on in full-time employment.
VLUK are setting a target to amplify the number of employment opportunities available to apprentices before 2018. We aim to encourage every school in the country to employ at least one apprentice so that we can actively revolutionise pathways applicable to school leavers.
Our ‘Amp the Apps’ campaign recognises the importance of ensuring high quality training is accessible to our country’s next generation of education providers. What better way to guarantee this than to have your school play a major role in pioneering this initiative?
Employing an apprentice is not only a cost effective recruitment method but it also improves support staff efficiency.
Pledge your commitment today and you’ll reap the benefits.
Our expert team will support you throughout the process; we offer assistance with vocational training, candidate suitability and applications for government funding. We also support each school with advertising apprenticeship vacancies and developing job descriptions. VLUK delivers nationally recognised qualifications that consequently enhance the skills and aptitude of school support staff.
Apprenticeships (subject to funding advice and guidance) are fully funded by the Skills Funding Agencey for those 16-18 and for those of 19+years partially funded. The main costs are the wages of the apprentices.
Many participating businesses and schools are eligible for government funding. The apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) is available for small-to-medium sized employers recruiting 16 to 23 year olds, and is granted to assist with the cost of apprentice’s wages.
To find out more about AGE visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk or speak to VLUK today.
Typically, an Apprentice is expected to work for up to 30 hours a week gaining relevant experience and be allowed up to 6 hours each week to focus on their studies.
An apprentice should be paid the national apprentice minimum wage for their age, with government grants available to help with funding. The programme can be started at any time during the year and the course typically lasts for 13 months.
VLUK are one of the country's largest training providers in the sport and leisure sector, with an outstanding performance track record. VLUK are accredited by many awarding bodies with direct-claim status including:
- Excel / Pearson
- 1st for sport
- Matrix Accredited
- VLUK is registered with the DfES / SFA to deliver vocational qualifications
- Completion rate (pass rate) or 96%
- Proven track record with over learners across the UK
- Experts and specialists in the field of education: Staff at VLUK are experienced qualified teachers, head teachers, teachers with wide experience of PE, Early Years and English and Mathematics.
In 2016, VLUK joined forces with Active Education & Training, who have been successfully offering apprenticeship since 2009.
The combined experience and expertise of VLUK and Active Education & Training, helps to ensure that the courses we offer and the service we provide is always of the highest standard.
Find out more about Active Education & Training
Contact us to discuss your requirements and discover what we can do for you.
Initial visit by VLUK representative and a GAP analysis of what is most appropriate for your school, in terms of qualifications, and identifying staff that would benefit most.
Complete due diligence, and sign Service Level Agreement.
Recruitment of the Apprentice; Either from staff already employed, or preferably through advertising for new roles.
VLUK follow an extensive process of supplying you, as the employer and the “apprentice” with IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) on the appropriate qualification and training.
Before the Apprentices can start, VLUK carry out health and safety and safeguarding audits, as well as an analysis of contract of employments and learning agreements between the apprentice, the employer and VLUK.
Assessment of apprentice: It is a requirement that we assess the apprentice in terms of suitability and their level of English and Maths. Where appropriate, we may enrol the apprentice on Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths.
Training and Education: A tailored programme of ongoing assessment and training is given to the learner who, through the “apprenticeship journey”, will be able to acquire and develop new and existing skills required to pass the qualification. The learner will have regular reviews with their personal tutor and a nominated member of senior staff at the school, to review progress on the programme.
For more information about our Apprenticeship programmes or any of our teaching and learning programmes, please contact:
Telephone: 01753 362 248
Course and admission enquiries
Telephone:01753 362 248
New business and partner enquiries
Telephone: 01793 701 441