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Do you enjoy the idea of working in a hotel, on a cruise liner or in a sports centre?

Do you want to work in one of the fastest growing sectors in the world?

If so a job in the leisure sector might be for you!

Key facts

  • Forecasts suggest there will be substantial growth in health and fitness, sport and recreation and outdoors activities in the South of England. Coaches, teachers and instructors make up almost two in five of the paid workforce.
  • Young people who complete sports or leisure related qualifications at college sometimes go on to join the police, fire services or armed services because they have learned the skills and the right attitude to teamwork that are in demand.
  • Working in the sport and leisure sector can be tough – expect long hours and when you start, relatively low wages. But with experience, good qualifications and a positive attitude to customers and clients, a well-qualified instructor can expect to earn up to £21,000 increasing to up to around £40,000 at management level.

Routes into this sector

There are various types of qualifications available at different levels

  • GCSEs in English, maths and PE will help get you into this sector. 

  • At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.

  • At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree-level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.

    There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship and others where a related degree might set you apart from the rest of the applicants i.e. leisure-centre manager.

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