Young person work placement success

PUBLISHED: 17:20 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:38 20 February 2013

The primary role of the Community Activity Leader (CAL) in West Wiltshire was to increase active leisure participation within local communities. Dubbed the legacy leaders, the CALs worked closely with local leisure centres, school sports partnerships

Young person work placement success


The primary role of the Community Activity Leader (CAL) in West Wiltshire was to increase active leisure participation within local communities. Dubbed the legacy leaders, the CALs worked closely with local leisure centres, school sports partnerships, community centres, youth centres and cultural centres to engage the nation in leisure, sport and fitness.


In partnership with MEND, potential employees were recruited from Jobcentres across the country. The candidates were interviewed and selected to take part in a six month programme across DC Leisure Centres nationwide. To be eligible for the programme, the candidate needed to be aged between 18 and 24 years and claiming job seekers' allowance.


Dean joined the team at Leighton Recreation Centre as a CAL in December 2010 and during his time in the position Dean completed a qualification in fitness level 2 and customer service level 2. The six month placement enabled CALs to become involved in various aspects of fitness and participate in theoretical and practical learning.


Having now finished the placement and since been taken on as a permanent member of the team, Dean states that, I am amazed at how much I have achieved. I never thought I would have the confidence to be a fitness instructor. I have also settled into a nice working environment and have made some friends. I am now ready to complete my level 3 fitness qualification.


For more information contact Leighton Recreation Centre on 01373 824448.

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