The key role of a Community Sport and Health Officer (CSHO) is to initiate behavioural change in local residents, with regards engagement in sport and physical activity across local communities. By working within and across local organisations, individuals will scope, organise and coordinate the delivery of opportunities for local communities to get more physically active. Employers are likely to come from the private, public, charitable and third sector and deliver core business activities in the fields of leisure, sport, youth work, youth justice, outdoor education, or public health.
A CSHO requires a comprehensive understanding of the principles of behavioural change; an ability to adapt delivery to suit different groups in society; knowledge of how to manage and lead colleagues or volunteers; practical experience of how to develop and devise appropriate sports or physical activity programmes; and the expectations of collaborative work with a network of partners / stakeholders.
The role is a flexible one and apprentices can expect to work varied and unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends and during school holiday periods. It is unlikely employees will undertake a regular daily work pattern, or a set of recurring tasks; tasks might include attendance at meetings, supervising sessions, liaising with partner organisations, designing marketing collateral, updating social media, or reporting against project criteria.
It is also important for the CSHO to understand their limitations and boundaries, working with specialists from other professions where appropriate; this may include the police and uniformed services, allied health professionals, counsellors, personal trainers, sports coaches, or youth workers. The occupation exists within the sport for development sector, which plays an important role in improving the health of the nation - creating opportunities that get more people, more active, more often.
You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which will include the following subjects…
· Initiate meaningful behaviour change, based on using a strength and asset-based approach
· National governing bodies of sport, county sports partnerships, community organisations, the voluntary sector and sport for development agencies
· Planning programmes of engaging and innovative activities using sport
· What constitutes an effective physical activity programme
· The social barriers, personal motivations and satisfaction of customers
· How to research and use customer insight to design interventions
· Monitoring and evaluating programmes using IT to measure outcomes
· Understanding nutrition, mental wellbeing and fitness to work
· Minimising anti-social behaviour or level criminality by customers
· Stimulating positivity through experiential play, fun and animation
· Safeguarding, child protection and working with vulnerable adults
· Principles of first aid in a community sport environment
· Effective and professional communication and interpersonal skills
The apprenticeship programme consists of 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' training. You will receive on-the-job training from your employer and will also be allowed 20% off-the job training, which will involve your college day-release and independent study.
Your independent study will be recorded in a learning journal, to capture evidence of your experiences, reflections and achievements.
An assessor coach will be allocated to you and will visit your workplace on a regular basis, liaising with your work-based mentor, but you will also receive master-class workshops from college tutors.
This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers' value and helping you to progress in your chosen career.
· Level 3 Community Sport & Health Officer Apprenticeship Standard
· Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)
The apprentice's progress and development will be assessed at regular stages - this is likely to be a combination of assignments, activities, exams, reflective discussions and observations in the workplace.
The employer and training provider will formally sign-off the apprentice's readiness for the independent End Point Assessment (EPA) at 'gateway'. Gateway is the point at which the apprentice has met and can confidently apply the minimum knowledge, skills and behaviours required, as detailed within the apprenticeship standard.
The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will consist of 4 distinct components:
· Work-based observation
· Case study challenge
· Presentation with questions and answers
· Panel interview
Performance in the EPA will determine your overall apprenticeship grade i.e. pass or distinction.
In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:
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To secure a place of study on the Level 3 Community Sport & Health Officer Apprenticeship programme, the minimum entry requirements are as follows:
· 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above and the below…
· English GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent
· Mathematics GCSE Grade 4/C, Level 2 Functional Skills, or equivalent
· Demonstrate a passion for the sport for development sector
· Be at least 16 years of age
You must also be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at college to do this if necessary. Please contact the Employer Services Team for more information regarding funding and costs: email@example.com
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:
· Continue your employment in the industry
· Progress onto higher level qualifications through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to become a Team Leader or Operations Manager