Approved Training Centres announce innovative partnership

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In the first agreement of its kind, Swim England Qualifications Approved Training Centres Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL) and the Institute of Swimming have linked up to recruit and train more swimming teachers.

The agreement will see SLL deliver swimming teacher training, with the Institute of Swimming working alongside them to source new trainees through its recruitment academy.

The aims of this first partnership between two Swim England Qualifications Approved Training Centres is to increase aquatic educational activities for Stevenage and the surrounding area.

The introduction of Institute of Swimming products – including blended learning courses and CPD (Continuous Professional Development) training – will supplement the existing running of SLL courses. The Institute of Swimming will manage the advertising and recruitment of trainee swimming teachers, while SLL will continue to deliver its current core programme.

SLL runs a highly successful Learn to Swim programme, teaching 12,000 pupils to swim each week across its 10 wet sites and, with a brand new pool at The Dunstable Centre set to open later this year, will require a further 12 new teachers.

‘Delivering the best candidates’

Rebecca Cox, managing director of the Institute of Swimming, said: “Like many operators, SLL is feeling the impact of national swimming teacher shortages and is working with us to proactively move towards a more sustainable model of recruitment.

“We are delighted the Institute of Swimming and SLL can work together to complement and support the Swim England training we both offer. This is a unique and first-of-its-kind collaborative partnership that will take the stress away from SLL. We will manage the advertising and marketing of these vacancies, handle the applicants, develop the interview strategy and support their training process.

“This will deliver the best candidates and the best trained swimming teachers for this award-winning leisure trust. The partnership will increase and improve the workforce opportunities for the region and ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential.”

A unique collaboration

Ian Morton, SLL’s managing director, added: “We are passionate about delivering high quality swimming lessons and are delighted to have partnered with Institute of Swimming in order to expand the opportunities for aquatic education within the community.  This unique collaboration will offer a new and effective approach to swimming teacher recruitment.”

The process to recruit new teachers is already underway, with trainee teachers due to enrol in the Institute of Swimming Academy at SLL in August, where they will complete their Swim England Level 1 and Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualifications by October 2019.