What is an apprenticeship?

What are apprenticeships in community sport?

What does it cost?

StreetGames training apprentices - why choose us?

What do I need to do next?


What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a mix of learning at work and off-the-job learning. The employer pays the apprentice a wage and the government pays for most or all of the training. Apprenticeships allow you to bring new talent through the ranks and to equip your team with the skills your organisation needs to succeed.

A new starter or an existing member of staff can become an apprentice and you get up to £9,000 of training to skill them up. The apprenticeship usually lasts between 12-20 months.

Develop your organisation, your community and your young people with StreetGames’ Apprenticeships for Activating Communities!

How will it work?

StreetGames Training Academy will work with you to find the most appropriate support for the individual and your organisation. Most of the training is on-the-job, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills.

Employing an apprentice

An apprentice can be of any age and employing one is just like employing any other member of staff. They should be employed for at least 30 hours per week and have a contract of employment for the length of time needed to complete the apprenticeship training – between 12 and 20 months.

During this period, the StreetGames Training Academy will provide the necessary off-the-job learning. Government guidance for employers can be found here. 


What are apprenticeships in community sport?

These are two new qualifications that equip candidates for work in the sport and activity sector. The standards have been written by forward thinking employers from across the sector, and embody the skills and knowledge that are needed now and in the future. Learning with StreetGames will ensure the apprentice specialises in working in low-income areas. On completion the apprentice must perform tasks confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry to achieve the qualification.

Community Activator Coach (Level 2) – The Activator Coach leads and coaches fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help people of all ages to change their behaviour and adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle.

The apprentice Level 2 Activator Coach will learn how to activate groups in not-very-active communities and how to mobilise the power of sport to harvest sport-for-good outcomes.

Community Sport & Health Officer (Level 3) – The CSHO designs programmes that make a real difference to their target neighbourhood.

The apprentice CSHO will master the asset based approach to community development in sport and well-being. The learning programme supports the individual to scope, organise and coordinate the delivery of opportunities for communities by getting more from private, public and third sector partners.

A full copy of both these standards is published by the government and can be found below:

Community Activator Coach (Level 2) can be found  HERE 

Community Sport Health Officer (Level 3) can be found HERE

A two page PDF summary of this information and more can also be downloaded HERE



What does it cost?

100% of the training may be paid for by using your levy funding or through government funding.  You are a 'Levy' employer if your organisation has an annual salary bill of £3million or more, if this is the case 0.5% of your salary bill is calculated as your Levy and you can spend this money on any apprenticeship training across the business.  For every £1 that enters your digital account, you will get £1.10 to spend through a 10% top-up from the government.

If you have a smaller annual salary figure, then you are a 'non-levy' employer.  90% of the training is paid for through government education funding and you need to contribute 10%.

If you employ less than 50 staff, 100% of the training is paid for through government education funding.

In addition to the training there is some additional funding for businesses to support employers taking on aprentices aged 16-18 years (or 19-24 year olds if they are care leavers or have an Educational and Health Care Plan).

In addition there is also further financial support if:

  • the apprentice requires additional learning support for conditions such as dyslexia, learning difficulties or disabilities.
  • the apprentice lives in the top 27% deprived areas of England
  • Maths or English training is required for the apprentice

Pleash click here for Quick guide to funding

Apprentices' Wages - How should I decide what to pay?

There’s no definitive answer but how do you decide what to pay any employee in your organisation? When setting salary rates for your Apprentice, keep these things in mind;

  • Many employers offer a ‘package’ to Apprentices that include things like performance-related bonuses/salary increases, meal and travel costs, discounts on goods and services etc.
  • Think about your location and whether an Apprentice will need to factor in transport costs and whether this should be recognised in the wage rate.
  • Think about what other employment and Apprenticeship opportunities exist in your area and how competitive your ‘offer’ is in comparison.

And….weigh up the value of having a skilled workforce to help your organisation grow.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. The rate will depend on a worker's age and if they are an apprentice. The illustration below shows the basics, but please visit https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for the detail. 

StreetGames is a Living Wage Employer and also commits to paying any apprentices we employ at least national minimum wage for 18-21 year olds or higher if appropriate.  For additional support in understanding the Living Wage, please visit https://www.livingwage.org.uk/. 


Apprenticeships are a tried and trusted way to recruit new staff, or re-train and up-skill existing staff. It may well be the case that you are already employing or know the person who could be your next Apprentice!

The advantages for your organisation are enormous. Click this link to find out why!


StreetGames training apprentices

Why choose StreetGames as the learning provider for your apprentices?

The StreetGames Training Academy is part of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers We support over 850 employers to equip their sports development and coaching workforce with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge. All training materials are field tested with employers. All StreetGames tutors have recent, direct experience of community sports and youth delivery.

Our commitment to quality is repeatedly praised by Awarding Organisations. We are most proud of our reputation for success with young people who are keen to learn but are unlikely to achieve qualifications through less supported routes.

We are specialists in actually doing the work that the apprentices are learning to do. 


What do I need to do next?

If you are interested in finding out more about employing Apprentices please complete the following form.
Alternatively you can call the StreetGames Training Academy on 0161 707 0782 or email training.academy@streetgames.org

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