What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

An apprenticeship includes:

  • paid employment with holiday leave
  • hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest
  • at least 20% off-the-job training
  • formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification

Who can apply?

An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are:

  • early in their career
  • looking to upskill in their current job
  • looking for a career-change
  • not in full-time education


Sport & Physical Activity Apprenticeships across the West of England

Sport & Physical Activity Apprenticeships are available across several organisations based in the West of England. Below are links to these organisations and how to find out more.


Coach Core

Coach Core delivers an inclusive and impactful sports coaching apprenticeship that develops the talents of young people and provides them with a range of vital skills for sport, work and life. Coach Core delivers across a number of cities including Bristol. Click here to find out more.


Shine are a local sports coaching and childcare company. Alongside delivering sports opportunities across the area, Shine also look to develop their coaching workforce, by providing sports coaching apprenticeship opportunities. Click here to find out more.

Weston College

Weston College work with a variety of different sports teams, athletes and employers across the region to help you get the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to reach your aspirations. Explore the apprentice courses available here.

Courses include L2 Community Activator Coach, L2 Sports Coach Traineeship and L3 Community Sport and Health Officer Apprenticeship.