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Coaching Apprenticeships

Please note LTA Coaching Apprenticeships have been suspended pending the introduction of a new set of standards for Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships. The aim is to re-launch the programmes next year for new starts in September 2018.

A coaching apprenticeship is a great way to get more involved in coaching and develop a career in tennis. As part of the government apprenticeship scheme, coaching apprentices are employed for 30 hours a week, working in a coaching environment and carrying out a variety of coaching roles, including:

  • Coaching
  • Assisting another coach
  • Organising competitions and social events
  • Producing marketing materials
  • Developing and producing a coaching programme

Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months.

Benefits for the apprentice

  • Receive all training and qualifications free.
  • Gain valuable mentoring through working with tennis experts.
  • Earn money whilst developing.
  • Exposure to different coaching environments.
  • Enhance career opportunities.
  • Work with top coaches and trainers during NTC Experience days.
  • Work with experienced LTA Coach Education Tutors at Regional days.

Benefits for an employer

  • The opportunity to develop your own workforce for the future.
  • Grow the programme numbers.
  • Train the apprentice in the philosophy of the venue and programme.
  • Provide a structured work environment for the apprentice.
  • Appoint an appropriate to be the apprentice’s mentor.
  • Employers can apply for an ‘SME Grant’ - using the application form.

Roles and responsibilities of the apprentice

Roles of the apprentice

  • To work with your employer to become an effective member of the coaching team.
  • Complete the qualifications in the apprenticeship programme.
  • Attend all training sessions that are part of the apprenticeship programme.

Responsibilities of the apprentice

  • Work with your employer to meet their requirements.
  • Take responsibility for your own work and behavior.
  • Communicate with your employer, assessor and LTA as required.
  • Respond to all communications quickly and efficiently.
  • Be an ambassador for your employer.

Roles and responsibilities of the employer

Roles of the employer

  • Provide a structured work and learning environment for the apprentice
  • Appoint an appropriate person to be the apprentices mentor
  • Support the apprentice in completion of their apprenticeship
  • Employ the apprentice for a minimum of one year at national minimum wage and conditions.

Responsibilities of the employer

Role of the LTA

  • The LTA is the training provider for the qualifications of the apprenticeship and as such will provide training opportunities and assessment for the qualifications within the apprenticeship framework. The LTA will also offer extra opportunities to apprentices outside their usual working environment.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a coaching apprenticeship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 16-24.
  • Living in England.
  • Not in full time Education or hold a degree.
  • Hold the Level 1 coaching qualification (UKCC Level 1 award in Coaching Tennis) for a Level 2 apprenticeship and the Level 2 coaching qualification (UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis) for a Level 3 apprenticeship.
  • Have a coaching position at a centre/club, with a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week that meets the government requirements for apprenticeship employment.
  • Apprentices must have the appropriate GCSEs (Maths and English Language A-C if applying for a level 3 or A-E for level 2) or Functional Skills qualifications. Applicants without the required qualifications above at the start of the programme will be offered a study programme and are required to complete Functional Skills tests.

Apprentices will receive full funding for their qualifications.

What qualifications will I receive?

There are 2 types of apprenticeships available – level 2 and level 3. Each level completed provides you with the following qualifications:

Level 2 apprenticeship

Level 3 apprenticeship

Level 2 certificate in coaching tennis (level 2 coaching assistant) UKCC.

Level 3 certificate in coaching tennis (level 3 coach) UKCC.

Level 2 diploma in coaching tennis.

Level 3 diploma in coaching tennis.

Level 2 award in employment awareness.

Level 3 award in employment awareness.

Level 1 functional skills in communication and maths.*

Level 2 functional skills in communication and maths.*

(*Functional Skills not required if the apprentice holds A-C in Maths and English Language for level 3. Functional Skills not required if the apprentice holds A-E in Maths and English Language for level 2). 

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2016/2017 year have now closed.

Details on any changes to this apprenticeship and the application process for 2017/2018 will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.