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Training Opportunities with Circadian Trust 

Circadian Trust is an independent, charitable company successfully delivering and managing a range of leisure centre facilities. We operate in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and work with a broad range of other stakeholders and partners.

We have been working with ICON Training to deliver free vocational training programmes in our centres. We have chosen to work with ICON because they offer award winning training in the UK, having won the ‘Training Provider of the Year’ award at the Active IQ Active Leisure Awards. They also received a Grade 1 outstanding rating from Ofsted in 2012.

ICON Training aims to provide high quality and bespoke training solutions, including Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Management Programmes and many more. Since we started working with ICON, approximately 90 of our employees have started relevant NVQ training with them.


Traineeships are a new government funded education and training programme for young people aged 16-24 who are motivated and want to work, and provides the skills needed for progression onto an apprenticeship or employment. Traineeships will give young people the opportunity to develop the skills and workplace experience that employers require and prepare them for future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

We offer leisure assistant traineeships in partnership with ICON Training involving 2 days a week classroom based training from ICON in conjunction with two days a week work experience at one of our leisure centres. During the traineeship, learners will undertake the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) and also Level 2 Gym Instructors Qualification.

If you would like to read some testimonials from canidates that took part in traineeships at Bradley Stoke please click here

On completion of the traineeship programme, you maybe successful in applying for a leisure assistant apprenticeship with Circadian Trust.


Apprenticeships are a government funded way for young people aged 16+ and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Apprenticeships are beneficial to employers as they gain a local, loyal and talented workforce and learners can begin a career with a company who has invested in them and helps them to reach their potential.

NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Programmes

ICON Training can offer complete NVQ courses for level 2, 3 and 4 learners in numerous NVQ’s including customer services, leisure operations and personal training.

These programmes include the various skills and qualifications needed for staff in the leisure sector. The programmes address specific vocational skills required in order to successfully gain employment within the sector.

Management courses will provide practicing and aspiring managers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform effectively as managers and leaders.

For more information and to speak to some from ICON please call 0844 800 2280 or email

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