Further education and skills – guidance

Activity leadership apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the activity leadership sector.

This apprenticeship will prepare you to work in the outdoor or active leisure sector as a fitness activity leader or coach.

Training opportunities

The UK outdoors sector is a vibrant, exciting and growing one to work in.

It is particularly suited to those with a passion and enthusiasm for working both with people and in the outdoors. Although enthusiasm for adventurous activities is a must, it must be remembered that ‘activity leadership’ is actually about people leadership in activities.

Your work outdoors and in active leisure will:

  • be with straight-forward groups in less hazardous activities
  • often be in controlled environments
  • focus on community

Types of apprenticeships

This is an intermediate level apprenticeship.

You could train in roles like:

  • activity leader
  • outdoor instructor
  • assistant and trainee variations
  • activity climbing wall instructor
  • fitness instructor
  • community sports coach

The apprenticeship in activity leadership is designed for those individuals who wish to gain a broad but solid foundation to allow them to follow a career in the outdoor sector or in the active leisure sector as fitness activity leaders and coaches.

At intermediate level, roles will tend to be working with straight-forward groups in less hazardous activities, often in controlled environments.

In active leisure, roles will tend to be more of a community focus and apprentices tend to be employed in community settings as activity leaders or sports coaches.

Job Roles

Intermediate level apprenticeship

  • activity leader
  • outdoor instructor
  • assistant & trainee variations
  • activity climbing wall instructor
  • fitness instructor
  • community sports coach