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Lifetime Training and GLL Partner with 700 new Apprenticeships

National training provider, Lifetime Training, has become the key training delivery partner to leisure giant GLL in a move which underlines the social enterprise company’s commitment to the Government’s 2020 vision of 3 million new apprenticeship starts.

The partnership will see Lifetime Training providing a full range of apprenticeship programmes across GLL’s more than 210 leisure centres nationwide, with a target of 700 starts over three years. The first learners on programme will start in February.

Mark Sesnan, GLL Managing Director, believes the partnership is a “match made in heaven” because of the synergy in both companies’ focus on valuing and developing their staff.

“As a social enterprise company that works in local communities, we have a responsibility to re-engage our public services with those communities and the best way we can do this is to develop people at a local level,” he says.

“The real celebration of our partnership with Lifetime is the way in which we will change people’s lives by providing a clear career pathway. Lifetime will help us get to the next level in providing flagship apprenticeships within the leisure industry.”

Nigel Wallace, Client Services Director for Lifetime Training, says: ““We court challenging, bespoke propositions that enable us to build a training programme that is right for the right learner at the right time. GLL has a great philosophy and an ambition that we’re keen to support.

“We want people to regard leisure as a long-term, productive and aspirational career and the new training pathways that will be developed within the partnership will go a long way to achieving this.”

A range of the bespoke apprenticeship programmes are being developed in association with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). CEO Tara Dillon believes that apprenticeships enable young people to map a career in a meaningful way. “We believe in the importance of retaining instead of losing talent because of insufficiently tailored training. Apprenticeships are an ideal way of doing this, which is why we are passionate about them as a key route-way being offered by employers.”

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