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Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers and young people; there is no upper age limit and if you’re over 16, living in England and not in full-time education then you’re eligible to become an apprentice. 

An Apprenticeship is a job with training. The training should provide new skills and not just validate existing skills. It seeks to progress and build Apprentices overall skill level. Some training must take place ‘off-the-job’. The amount of off-the-job training has been set at 20% of the time that the apprentice works. Apprenticeships are available for people at a range of skills levels, from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) to Degree and Masters Level (level 7). 

Framework / Standard


Frameworks are primarily qualification focused, for example NVQ qualifications Frameworks consist of: Main aim qualification, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Functional skills in Maths, English, and/or ICT.
There are no end point assessments.


A standard contains the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learnt by the end of their apprenticeship.
Standards are occupation focused, rather than delivered through a main qualification.
The apprentice is assessed at the end through an end point assessment, demonstrating they have the required skills, knowledge and understating to excel in their role.
End Point Assessments: Could include a project, professional discussion, knowledge test, presentation, portfolio, interview or any combination of these.

Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in 2017, and has changed the way apprenticeships are funded.
Companies that have a payroll of over £3 million a year, now pay a levy tax. They are classed as “Levy Paying Employers”.
Anyone below this payroll bill is classed as “Non-levy Employers”.

Non-Levy Employers:

As a non-levy paying employer you pay for apprenticeships through a subsidised formula of 9.5:0.5. The government pay 95% of the cost and the employer pays 5%.
If you employ less than 50 employees and employ an apprentice aged 16-18 years old (or aged 19-24 yrs on an Education/Health Care Plan, or have previously left care) you are not required to pay the 5% fee.
In addition to this you also receive a £1000 incentive payment. If the employer has over 50 employees and employs a 16-18 year old apprentice (or aged 19 to 24 years on an Education / Health Care Plan, or have previously left care) they must pay the 5% fee but will still receive the £1000 incentive.
Onside Education can deliver apprenticeships to both Levy and Non-Levy paying employers.

Our Apprenticeships

Community Activator Coach

The Community Activator Coach Standard will underpin occupations such as an Activator, Sports Coach, Activity Leader, Community Worker or Outreach Officer. These roles are predominantly employed by sport for social change charities; SMEs who operate in the sport and physical activity sector; local authorities; sports clubs; leisure centres; youth work agencies; housing associations and outdoor education centres and are deployed to primarily work with inactive groups of people.

Course Summary & Requirements: 
The wider sport and activity sector plays an important role in improving the health and wellbeing of the nation and provides a positive environment which supports (especially young) people to grow and develop through sport and physical activity.
The Community Activator Coach promotes, delivers and coaches fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help whole communities to change their behaviour, adopt and keep to a physically active lifestyle. Community Activator Coaches are more than activity and sports leaders – they understand communities and customers. 
They will be equipped with the specialist knowledge needed to effectively work with one customer group (such as inactive teenagers) but also be knowledgeable about other inactive customer groups whom they may be expected to work with on occasions. When competent they will be experienced working with a range of different communities and all kinds of customers who are likely to be defined as inactive, sedentary or not doing enough physical activity in their lives. 
They also know how to make communities and lives better through physical activity, organised play and sport. The Community Activator Coach will be a positive role model who builds good rapport with customers – especially those who are young, inactive, or from low-income and marginalised communities. The Community Activator Coach often works alongside youth workers, the police and community safety agencies to make neighbourhoods safer and works alongside health workers to make residents fitter and healthier. 
The role is a flexible one and individuals can expect to work varied and unsociable hours, including evenings, weekends and school holidays.
No formal requirements, apprentices without level 1 in English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and Maths prior to the end point assessment.
Course Progression: 
Level 3 NVQ Supporting the Delivery of PE & School Sport (PESS).
Community Activator Coach


18 months

Awarding Body


Supporting the Delivery of PE & School Sport (PESS)

This qualification is perfect for those who already work, or aspire to work, in a physical education and school sport setting as it specifically designed to provide them with a greater understanding of programmes of study for physical education, the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating.

Course Summary & Requirements: 

Level 3 Apprenticeships require you to hold a relevant Level 2 Qualification within that sector and if you already hold your English and Maths GCSE’s at grade 9-4 (A-C) or functional skills level 2, you will be exempt from these.

The qualification is composed of 12 mandatory units, these include:
Safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
Communicate & develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Understanding how children and young people develop, recognising when additional support may be required
Schools as organisations
Mentoring others within the scope of supporting the delivery of PE & school sport
Support, and assist with the review of, assessment for learning, working with both learners and teachers
Plan, deliver and review a physical education and school sport programmes
Organise, lead and evaluate a sports event or competition
Support gifted and talented learners
Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity

No formal requirements, apprentices without level 1 in English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and Maths prior to the end point assessment.
Course Progression:
Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Development in Sport.
Level 5 Certificate in Primary School PE Specialism.
Work as a PE and school sport professional, such as a children’s activity professional, sports development officer, sports coach, sports volunteer/leader, Teaching assistant.


18 months

Awarding Body


If you require further information…

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