Herts Sports Partnership through its support of Sport for Social Change and Physical Activity for Wellbeing projects has identified there has never been a greater need for a fit for purpose workforce to support our work. Our extensive engagement with our key partners and sports coaches, instructors, volunteers and educators and has given us valuable insight into the skills gaps and the training requirements across the sector. We really want to create a workforce that reflects the people that live in our county.  

The Partnership recognises the value in providing opportunities for people to work in the areas which they know best. Our new education and employment programme aims to identify and work with young people in some of Hertfordshire’s most deprived communities. We want to support the young people to engage in education and employment opportunities so that they can use sport as a positive vehicle to a more prosperous future, while enriching the sport sector with a diverse and skilled workforce. 

Career Mode: Community Activation  

Career Mode is a chance for young people to ‘take control of their own journey’. This element of the education and employment pathway aims to stand up for young people, give them a voice and allow them to shape the future of their generation. Those that enter Career Mode will be role models and help inspire other young people. 

The Career Mode journey encourages disengaged young people to take part in sports participation, community activation and training to enhance their own life chances. They will be encouraged to do their own goal setting and with the Career Mode team will be supported to realise their ambitions.   

Career Mode: Traineeships 

The Career Mode Traineeships will provide the next step for those young people who have shown a commitment to Career Mode: Community Activation. The traineeship will provide a  flexible education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people. It will prepare them for their future career by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Herts Sports Partnership are currently developing the traineeship programme which will provide opportunities within the sport sector to help young people who don’t yet have the skills or experience needed to get an apprenticeship or job. These opportunities will involve achieving or working towards a relevant qualification to ensure that the young person is appropriately upskilled for their next step. 


Community Sport and Health (Level 3)  

Our ambition is to provide young people with opportunities they may not otherwise have to engage with meaningful training and employment within the sport sector. Herts Sports Partnership are offering a number of apprenticeships across the county, where they can support and enrich the workforce for the sector. ​ 

Young people will be deployed within Locally Trusted Organisations (LTOs) where they will have real-world application of the classroom-based theory they learn along the way. They will be working towards the Community Sport and Health Officer (Level 3) standards. The standards have been written by forward thinking employers from across the sector and embody the skills and knowledge that are needed now and in the future.  

Supported by Project Officers from the Herts Sports Partnership team, the apprenticeships will be providing these young people with a wide range of skills, knowledge and opportunities. We hope in the future to see some of them enrol at the University of Hertfordshire as Degree Apprentices, where they can continue to develop and learn within the sector. 

Degree Apprenticeships 

The University of Hertfordshire are working with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA as a Higher Education partner to develop Sports Degree Apprenticeships. Herts Sports Partnership will be working closely with our academic colleagues to support this, and develop a pathway for our education and employment participants.  

For more information, and to find out how to get involved, contact;

Josh Spavins 
E: j.spavins@herts.ac.uk
T: 01707 281173