Traineeships are a free programme, ideal for young people who want to work, but who need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job, and who:
- Are not currently in a job and have little work experience but are focused upon work or the prospect that it offers, this could apply to existing referees or those who would like to become a referee
- Are aged 16–24 and qualified below Level 3
- Have been resident in the EU for the past 3 years (and have proof of this)
- Are keen, enthusiastic, reliable, and ready and eager to start their career.
A Traineeship can prepare you for your future career, helping you to get ready for the world or work and improving your chances of getting an apprenticeship or other job, perhaps in the sporting sector.
Traineeships are unpaid and can last from six weeks to a maximum of six months, with the content tailored to your individual needs, including:
- Work Preparation Training, which ensures you are ready and confident enough to take the first step in your career, this could be for those who want to be a referee or who are an existing referee and would like to further develop their football knowledge and core skills.
- Maths and English support to help give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace.
- Work placements, which provide insight into, and experience of, the world of work and make you more attractive to potential employers. We would link the student to a football club or organisation within the sports sector.
You can start a Traineeship at any time! Our flexible programme means that, following a successful interview, you can start the programme immediately.
To support your development, vital skills and to grow your confidence, you will spend one day in College with the aim of helping you to become work ready.
Extensive work experience will be integral to the programme where you will have the opportunity to develop industry specific skills, develop knowledge of working within your chosen sector, in this case a football club or sports organisation, develop confidence and interpersonal skills and establish effective relationships with employers. At the end of the programme you will be provided with a reference from the employer and potentially secure an interview with the same employer.
There are no formal assessments on the programme. Through a combination of classroom based activities and extensive work experience such as refereeing or setting up a practical session, you will develop your confidence, communication, team work, time management and employability skills, as well as Maths and English. A clear commitment to the programme and to your work placement employer will help to support progression and your personal contributions will clearly be a consideration to future employers.
Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships
The course is offered to individuals already working in the Sports & Leisure industries who wish to study through work based learning. There are no pre-defined entry routes, however learners wishing to progress into this apprenticeship programme will require a minimum Level 1 Maths and English. The programme places great emphasis on practical ability backed up with an understanding of the principals involved. The Apprenticeship offers high quality training, to meet the Sports & Leisure industry standards. This fits perfectly with the role of the referee and associated experience in the football industry
Students will receive practical training designed to develop knowledge and competence at carrying out relevant real-life tasks that employers value. This practical course covers a wide range of subjects to give a broad basic knowledge and in this case refereeing, exploring the core skills involved and how they can be transferred to other areas of the student’s life.
The course is divided into three sections:
- Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning, this would involve links to clubs and other employment opportunities in football
- NVQ Certificate in Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Operational Services
- Certificate in Leisure Operations, for example this could involve club operations, teams, coaches, referees, etc
Course content will be tailored to the needs of the individual and will include:
- Continued Professional Development – This would be linked to Ref Support Education Hubs
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Resolve customer service problems – Management people and situations and further core skills
- Provide a facilities reception service
- Students have the opportunity to "earn while they learn"
- Have the opportunity to take the first steps of working in football
- Working within excellent sports facilities and resources
- Have the opportunity of experiencing an excellent education programme
- Training Officer support and guidance
- Deliver by a hugely experienced delivery team
|Category||FE Award Validated by Aylesbury College|
|Course||Level 2/3 in Sport & Officiating*|
|Cost||Course fees vary depending on age of applicant and eligibility|
|Descriptor||This course is designed for students primarily aged 16 – 18yrs old seeking to become sports officials across a range of sports or who intend to focus on one sport. The programme seeks to develop learners who are independent enquirers, team workers, self managers, reflective learners, creative thinkers and effective participators in sport and officiating.|
|Who is the course aimed at?||The course is aimed at students who are new to sports and officiating and are looking to develop skills, qualifications and experience as match officials supported through a programme of study that is designed to provide the right mix of subject content and practical experience.|
|Course duration||2 full time based at Aylesbury College|
|Suggested format and delivery||Full-time attendance based supported by online learning|
|Accreditation||FHEQ level 2 & 3|
|Next step||Upon successful completion of this programme students will have the opportunity to progress to the FdA in Sport Management & Officiating at Bucks New University|
|*this award is currently being developed and is expected to be validated by September 2015 and as such some of the details above are subject to change.|
|Category||HE Award Validated by Bucks New University|
|Course||Foundation Degree (FdA) in Sport Management & Officiating|
|Cost||Course fees are £5,000 each year per student (still to be confirmed)
Cost per module is £900 if undertaken as standalone modules
|Descriptor||This course is designed for students|
|Who is the course aimed at?||Qualified individuals involved in Sport Officiating in any sport and who are keen to gain a HE award in this emerging area of development and professionalization of sports officials. Students will be introduced to a range of subjects that are design to develop their broader knowledge around sport as well as develop their own approach to sports officiating. The course is has 3 broad aims to develop students knowledge of sport, their business skills and understand the role of Sport Psychology within sports officiating.
Students are likely to be qualified match officials in their sports and looking to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.
|Course duration||2 years part time – flexible delivery, online learning|
|Suggested format and delivery||A series of 2 day Workshops and on-line blended learning|
|Accreditation||FHEQ level 5 - 240 Credits|
|Next step||Upon successful completion of the FdA students will have the opportunity to progress to the top –up BA (Hons) Sport Management & Leadership|
|Category||HE Award Validated by Bucks New University|
|Course||Bachelor Honours BA (Hons) Sport Management & Leadership (Officiating)*|
|Cost||Course fees are £5,000 each year per student (still to be confirmed) Cost per module is £900 if undertaken as standalone modules|
|Descriptor||This course is designed for students who are looking to extend their knowledge and understanding of sports officiating and to a broader knowledge around sport, specifically focussing on developing their knowledge on leadership and management in sport.|
|Who is the course aimed at?||This course is aimed at those students who have successfully gained a minimum of a level 5 HE programme or award (e.g. Foundation Degree) and would like to progress to a full honours award in Sport Management.,Students are likely to be senior qualified match officials in their sports and looking to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding with the view of enhancing their roles as match officials or considering a career development/change.|
|Course duration||1 year part time – flexible delivery, online learning|
|Suggested format and delivery||A series of 2 day Workshops and online blended learning|
|Accreditation||FHEQ level 6 - 120 Credits|
|Next step||Upon successful completion of the BA (Hons) students will have the opportunity to progress onto the Masters in Leadership & Management|
|*this Award title is subject to Validation by Bucks New University and as such the above details may vary/change|
|Category||HE Award Validated by Bucks New University|
|Course||MA in Leadership & Management|
|Entry Requirements||Given the distinctive nature of this programme, it is not suitable for those seeking a content-based and conventionally taught approach. A first degree is preferable, however, we will interview you to assess your suitability for the programme and answer any queries you may have.|
|Cost||Course fees are £6,950 (still to be confirmed) Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rises in inflation or course delivery costs.|
|Descriptor||On this programme you can apply the teaching to your own working environment and tailor your learning to your own needs. You will benefit from a blend of interactive workshops, action learning and work-based assignments.|
|Who is the course aimed at?||This programme is designed for those currently in a role involving some responsibility for leadership and/or management, who wish to develop their own understanding, effectiveness and potential as leaders and managers and take their career to the next level. This programme requires individuals with drive, enthusiasm and a willingness to take on challenges. It is designed for those currently in a role involving some responsibility for leadership and/or management, who wish to develop their own understanding, effectiveness and potential as leaders and managers. The programme requires participants to be autonomous, self starters, ambitious to succeed and willing to assume responsibility for their studies in terms of identifying and negotiating the focus of their studies.|
|What will the course cover?||This programme has a well-established record of success, catering for participants from the public, private and voluntary sector. You will benefit from a distinctive blend of interactive workshops and action learning. You will also complete work-based assignments, tailoring the programme to suit your goals. Action learning is central to this programme, and will be key in helping you define your own learning agenda within the context of the programme. You will be assigned to an action learning set, a small group of students, and will then meet regularly between workshops. At the meetings, each participant outlines a real work-based issue and, following discussion, identifies points of action to resolve the problem, prior to when you next meet. Whilst you are required to take charge of your study and learning, we pride ourselves on the support we give to you face-to-face and electronically using our virtual learning environment.|
|Course duration||26 months – starting February|
|Suggested format and delivery||The course is part-time and completed in two stages. The first stage comprises six, two-day intensive workshops per year (Friday-Saturday), facilitated by experts, each focused on a specific aspect of leadership and management. The second stage comprises self-study and a dissertation.|
|Accreditation||FHEQ level 7 - 180 Credits|
|Next step||Upon successful completion students may consider further study with the option to undertake a PhD in a relevant subject area.|
|Contact details||http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/course/MB1LAM2 Course leader: Gail.Rowntree@bucks.ac.uk|