This week we mark National Apprenticeship Week by saying hello to two of our young and talented team members at Meridian!
Those of you who are regulars either in the gym or pool will have seen Lewis and Kyle helping and advising members and users.
But let’s meet them and find out why they think others should follow their lead and look to Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture as an apprenticeship route to a great career. All our apprenticeships are run in partnership with Babcock International Ltd.
Lewis Blakey, 22, from Louth: Lewis attended Cordeaux School and Sixth Form before going to the University of Derby where he successfully completed a degree in Sports Coaching. He says he was always going to return to his home town, and having done work experience at Meridian Leisure Centre, an apprenticeship was the perfect career break for him.
“There was a position vacant and I just thought ‘go for it’. I was delighted to have got the job and like working here, everyone is really nice, and the good thing is you get to do so many things, giving you options for the future.”
Lewis has already completed his Level 1 swim teaching and Lifeguard training and is currently undertaking the next swim teaching level. His year-long apprenticeship will be completed in late summer and will open many options up for him.
“I really enjoy the coaching side of the work here, however management also appeals,” said Lewis, who is a keen basketball player and was in Louth’s Storm Club for four years.
Kyle Glentworth, 22, from Louth: Kyle attended Monks Dyke, before going to the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, where he completed a NVQ Level 2 in Sport and Level 3 in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy. After working briefly in the vehicle industry, he knew that sport – particularly gym instruction – was what he wanted to do.
“I really enjoy the coaching side of things, especially with the adults in the gym, when you work with members and users to set goals and put people on the right programmes for them,” explains Kyle.
“Of course, it can be daunting for someone who might be coming into the gym for the first time, but we are all here to help and support everyone. People will often come here with issues – just recently there was a user in who had arthritis in their hip and knee and I was able to offer them help and fully support them,” adds Kyle.
Kyle completed his apprenticeship in January and is currently working at Meridian Leisure Centre full time in a Leisure Attendant, Lifeguard and Lifestyle Consultant capacity.
For more opportunities across all our Magna Vitae Leisure and Culture Facilities, please visit our jobs page.