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Sports: Apprentices

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to extend the young apprenticeship in sports management leadership and coaching pilot project. (139952)

The Young Apprenticeships in Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching were first delivered in September 2005 as part of the Department for Education and Skills’ Young Apprenticeship programme.

An expansion of the Young Apprenticeship programme has been approved to start in September 2007 which will see the number of pupils on the Young Apprenticeship in Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching increase from 350 currently to around 1000. The number of Young Apprenticeship partnerships will also rise from 13 to 46.

SkillsActive (the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning) is working closely with a network of specialist Sports Colleges, particularly those also with vocational specialisms to ensure the Young Apprenticeship is established nationwide as a viable opportunity to those entering Key Stage 4.