JOIN teenager Blake – who has dived into a great new career with Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture.
Blake Emmerson is 17 and decided to opt for an apprenticeship at Skegness Pool and Fitness Suite as opposed to furthering his studies in sixth form – and he is loving it!
A keen leisure swimmer and lifeguard, Blake is undertaking an NVQ Level 2 qualification in Leisure Operations.
Having worked as a casual lifeguard with the organisation over the summer, it was a perfect opportunity to work with Magna Vitae and its training partners Babcock International.
“For me the apprenticeship route was the one to go down, it is my feeling that you get a lot more opportunities as a result,” says Blake, whose ambition is to become a fulltime swimming teacher, before stepping up the career ladder at Magna Vitae, which runs the Skegness venue, along with the Station Sports Centre, Mablethorpe; Louth’s Meridian Leisure Centre and the Horncastle Pool and Fitness Suite.
He currently combines studying for his apprenticeship with practical experience at the poolside and hopes eventually to work with adults and children with disabilities.
“There are many opportunities here and it would be great to set my sights on management. It is a very enjoyable place to work, everyone knows everyone and there is a really friendly environment,” added Blake.
Shaun Mullaney is operations manager at both Skegness and Horncastle and recruits a new apprentice to both sites annually. Past recruits now have part or fulltime work with the organisation. Blake’s counterpart at Horncastle, Josh Morris, is also studying for his NVQ qualification.
“Apprenticeships are a powerful tool. You have a unique opportunity to work together to build and nurture a person’s skills.”
Magna Vitae currently has a vacancy for an apprenticeship to apply follow this link.