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Unit 214 - Understanding the Active Leisure and Learning Sec
Transcript of Unit 214 - Understanding the Active Leisure and Learning Sec
What will I learn in this Unit?
The key features of the active leisure and learning sector
Know the key features of the active leisure and learning subsector in which they work
Know employment and career opportunities in the active leisure and learning subsector in which they work
What sector are we looking at?
The sector of the UK economy that we are going to be looking at is the Active Leisure and Learning Industry.
It is one of the largest sectors of the UK economy, employing 654,000 people (plus it has over 370,000 volunteers). It was worth around £20 billion to the economy in 2012.
The 3 Areas of the Sector
The sector can be divided into 3 specific areas. These are the Public, Private and Voluntary Areas. Lets take a look at each of them...
Public provision in the industry is provided by local governments and councils for their residents. It is usually subsidised and provides good facilities. It will include fitness classes, gym and sport facilities (such as swimming pools), and a good example would be Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre (Garons).
Quite often councils contract out to companies to provide for the local public. For example Rochford Council contract the work to Virgin Active for their facilities (Clements Hall, Rayleigh Leisure Centre).
Private provision is usually provided by companies aiming to make as much money as possible.
They tend to provide high quality facilities for a high price. An example of this would be David Lloyd's or Fitness First.
These facilities are provided for free or for a nominal fee. Facilities are often basic and are mainly for grass roots participants. Around 327,000 volunteer in it.
The 5 Sub Sectors
The sector can be divided into 5 sub-sectors. These are:
Health and Fitness
Lets take a closer look at these.
This is the largest sub-sector, employing 378,000 with over 176,000 companies.
It deals with sports training and development from grass roots (Sunday league) to elite performance (Olympians).
The biggest area in terms of employment is South East England, followed by North East England and Scotland.
The smallest areas are Wales and Northern Ireland.
Health and Fitness
This sub-sector managers health and fitness provision in the UK, managing all of the Health Clubs, Fitness Centres and Gyms. It is one of the fastest growing sub-sectors, worth £3.86bn to the UK economy.
Playwork is used to develop and enhance childrens learning through the medium of play.
People employed in this sub-sector typically work in adventure playgrounds, after school clubs and holiday clubs.
People in the sub sector have specific skills required to work with such young people.
This sub-sector provides facilities for Caravan parks and sites in the UK (such as Gas, Electric and Showers).
It also aims to provide best practice for the staff in this sector.
This sub sector looks at outdoor activities and outdoor learning provision in the UK. Estimates suggest over 70,000 work in this sub-sector.
Typically these people work at outdoor education centres or Outdoor Activity Centres.
Key organisations encourage best practice from the businesses in their sector, which they hope will improve the services and products in the sector. Some of their key functions are to:
Influence the government and decision makers.
Promote the image of the sector to the public.
Ensure the quality of training and qualifications.
Help people find the jobs and training they need.
Help the industry attract and retain staff.
Attract funding to meet employers training needs.
One of the types of key organisations are Professional
Bodies. There are two types of Professional Bodies, Regulatory and Representative. Lets take a closer look...
These are in place to protect workers in the sector. They ensure their rights are protected.
An example would be the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
It aims to ensure all exercise professionals are suitably knowledgeable and qualified to help safeguard and promote the health and interests of everyone who use their services.
Regulatory bodies protect businesses in the sector. They aim to promote excellence and best practice.
An example would be the Fitness Industry Association (FIA), which aims to help businesses in the sector meet requirements and standards for Health and Safety, Customer Care, and Staff Training.
Careers in the Sector
There are lots of different ways to be work in the sector. Lets take a look at some of them.