We have a range of apprenticeships so you can earn while you learn. You'll have your own mentor and learn all the skills you need through work, home study and, in some cases, practical workshops. Take your first step on the career ladder today.

Available apprenticeships

Personal Trainer

Develop your career and get internationally recognised qualifications with the YMCAfit Level 3 Personal Trainer Apprenticeship.

  • Learn at work with your own mentor
  • Home study via eLearning
  • Practical workshops

Once completed you'll get the following qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (including Exercise Nutrition and Advanced Training, Fitness Testing)
  • YMCA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
  • YMCAfit Suspension Fitness
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Functional Skills (Maths and English)
  • YMCA Level 3 Employment Awareness

Gym Instructor

Start your career in gym instructing and get internationally recognised qualifications with the YMCAfit Level 2 Gym Instructor Apprenticeship.

  • Learn at work with your own mentor
  • Home study via eLearning

Once completed you'll get the following qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • YMCA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • YMCA Level 2 Employment Awareness
  • City and Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills (Maths and English)

Exercise to Music

Start your career in exercise to music and get internationally recognised qualifications with the YMCAfit Level 2 Exercise to Music apprenticeship.

  • Learn at work with your own mentor
  • Practical workshops
  • Home study via eLearning

Once completed you'll get the following qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Exercise to Music)
  • YMCA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • YMCA Level 2 Employment Awareness
  • City and Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills (Maths and English)

Kids' Fitness

Become a Kids’ Fitness instructor with the YMCAfit Kids’ Fitness Apprenticeship and inspire the next generation to lead healthy and active lives.

  • Learn at work with your own mentor
  • Home study via eLearning

Once completed you'll get the following qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym or Exercise to Music)
  • YMCA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • YMCA Level 2 Employment Awareness
  • City and Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills (Maths and English)
  • Plus an additional course from the following:
    • Teen Gym
    • Kids' Dance Cheerleading
    • Kids' Playing Games

Leisure Management

Begin your career in leisure management and become an accomplished team leader with the YMCAfit Level 3 Leisure Management Apprenticeship.

  • Learn at work with your own mentor
  • Home study via eLearning

Once completed you'll get the following qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Leisure Management
  • YMCA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management
  • YMCA Level 3 Wider Key Skill in Improving own Learning and Performance
  • YMCA Level 3 Employment Awareness
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Functional Skills (Maths and English)

Leisure Operations

Gain the skills you need to perform a variety of operational roles in gyms and leisure facilities with the YMCAfit Level 2 Leisure Operations Apprenticeship.

  • Learn at work with your own mentor
  • Home study via eLearning

Once completed you'll get the following qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Leisure Operations
  • YMCA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Operational Services
  • YMCA Level 2 Employment Awareness
  • City and Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills (Maths and English)

Each of our apprenticeships allows you to add one additional qualification from:

  • Core Stability
  • Emergency First Aid
  • High Intensity Training
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Kettlebells
  • Kids' Dance Cheerleading (only Kids' Fitness apprenticeship)
  • Kids' Playing Games (only Kids' Fitness apprenticeship)
  • Padwork for PTs
  • Supple Strength
  • Suspension Fitnes
  • Teen Gym (only Kids' Fitness apprenticeship)

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to take part in a YMCAfit Apprenticeship, you should be:

  • Currently working in a fitness or leisure environment for 30 hours or more per week
  • Aged 16 to 23-years-old
  • Not degree qualified
  • Working within YMCAfit's Apprenticeship delivery areas
  • A qualified Level 2 Gym Instructor (if applying for the Level 3 Personal Trainer Apprenticeship)
  • Not currently in full-time education

Book now

To find out more about any of our programmes please call us on 020 7343 1870 or email apprenticeships@ymcafit.org.uk.