Fitness Apprenticeship Success Story: Nick Stoddard

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Can you tell us about how you first came to work for Parkwood Leisure?

I was working at Sainsbury but I wanted to do something in the fitness industry. I saw the opportunity on line so applied, and was successful.

What attracted you to Parkwood Leisure in particular?

I was attracted to the Multiskilled Apprenticeship, as it covered a number of areas including working as a lifeguard and a fitness instructor. These were all areas that appealed to me, along with doing a job that's more active.

What do you remember of your first days in the role?

In my interview the manager was very welcoming, also the staff were all very friendly and started talking to me right away.

What skills did the apprentice programme teach you and how has the programme benefited you throughout your career?

In total since I have been here, I have done 2 course which have meant I have gained 4 qualifications. These were Swim Teaching, Lifeguarding and Gym Instruction; when I completed my 1st course I then went on to the Team Leader L2. Overall I feel like I have improved in confidence since doing the qualifications. More recently my leadership skills have improved due to the team leader qualification, as I didn’t have any previous leadership or management knowledge or experience.,

What career development opportunities have been available to you at Parkwood Leisure?

I have been promoted to Trainee Duty Manager and I looking to progress to becoming a Duty Manager.

Can you tell me a little about your current role and responsibilities?

Because I did the multi skilled role I cover a bit of everything in the building. I like to help out where needed, covering swim teaching, gym and reception - this means every day is different. In my new role I am responsible for assisting the Duty Manager running the shift, and making sure the pool is covered and all the set ups are done on time.

Would you recommend the Parkwood Leisure Apprenticeship programme to others?

Yes because its not just a job to earn money, you also gain experience and qualifications, leading to a career with opportunities to develop.


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