A Rossington teenager has achieved his goal of getting a career in the leisure industry thanks to completing an apprenticeship with Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust’s (DCLT) Training Academy in partnership with Chesterfield College.
Liam Rylance, aged 17 started at DCLT as part of its post-16 pre-apprentice programme with Doncaster Collegiate Sixth Form, based at their Rossington Campus.
Following a successful pre-apprenticeship, Liam went on to complete to a Level 2 Exercise and Fitness (GYM) apprenticeship within the Trust, where he trained to become a fitness instructor. He has now been offered a full time position as a fitness instructor at Thorne Leisure Centre.
He said: “I am absolutely over the moon to have this job. I’ve worked hard through my apprenticeship to make sure that I learned everything I could and was given so much support along the way.
“Not many apprenticeships include all the extra opportunities that I was given with DCLT, because they know the industry and are a Training Academy they were able to put me on additional courses such as L2 Studio Cycling and L2 Safeguarding courses which will really help me in my career.
“I have always loved sport and been really interested in keeping active and fit so when the opportunity to take part in the pre-apprentice programme came up through school I knew it was right for me. I have always felt it was important to have a career doing something I enjoy so a job in the leisure industry is ideal.
“As an apprentice, I got to do lots of different things including helping to run a holiday camp, completing a qualification to become a gym instructor and supporting the introduction of the new youth fitness. I also got my lifeguard qualification and the chance to be involved in the sales process.
“Learning on the job instead of being stuck in a classroom was perfect for me and it was such a better atmosphere than being at school as everyone is really happy to be at work and you get paid.”
DCLT’s Training Academy offers apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships for people looking to gain employment in the leisure industry.
Toni Illman, training and quality manager at DCLT, said: “We are delighted to have seen Liam progress from an apprentice to a fully-fledged member of the team. He has been a great apprentice and we know he will be a fantastic employee.”
For further information about DCLT’s Training Academy visit www.dclt.co.uk