GLL – the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise was among the winners at ukactive’s Active Training Awards – scooping Apprenticeship Provider of the Year.

Over 250 thought-leaders from the physical activity sector – including ukactive Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, came together at the Reading Hilton to celebrate successful workforce development throughout the industry.

Part of its social enterprise ethos, GLL exists to make a positive difference to the communities it operates in. In doing so, GLL remains committed to providing recruitment and development opportunities for local people – reflected in GLL’s apprenticeship programme.

GLL’s apprenticeship scheme applies almost 25 years of industry experience and develops people through its Better leisure centres and the GLL College, nurturing candidates with bespoke training in line with the values that have helped position GLL as a thought leader in the sector – with 92% of apprentices remaining within the organisation in permanent employment.

GLL is a nationally recognised training provider with the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Stuart Dickinson, National Apprenticeship Manager said: “We are extremely proud to have received this award. At GLL, we have always valued the importance of nurturing talent, by developing training programmes that provide extensive industry knowledge, combined with crucial exposure to day-to-day leisure operations in a practical setting.

“GLL is the market leader in the leisure social enterprise sector and we are showing leadership through our commitment to providing the best possible training and development, up-to-date with industry standards, to provide better people and ensuring better service for communities across the UK.”

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Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Operating under the Better brand, we manage 258 public sport and leisure centres, 113 libraries and 10 childrens centres in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations.  GLL has 850,000 members and welcomes 46 million customer visits per year.

Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, we also operate in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education – as well as offering the GLL Community Foundation and the GLL Sports Foundation – one of the largest independent support programmes for talented young athletes in the UK.