Students from Preston’s College swapped the classroom for the workplace after taking over the reins at Leyland Leisure Centre. The 12-hour takeover gave 11 sports students aged 16-18 the chance to gain a real insight into their future industry and understand the skills required to succeed.
Of the 11 learners taking part, four were invited to apply for vacancies within Leyland Leisure Centre by already possessing skills currently in demand, including gymnastics training and female gym instructors.
One such learner was 16-year-old Elliott Kerrigan, who impressed the centre so much with his positive attitude and ambition that he took centre stage by shadowing the deputy manager.
Elliott, who is currently studying a Level 1 in Sports, said: “The day was totally different than what I expected and I really enjoyed every bit of it. I thought we would shadow staff but we were able to get stuck in and do things ourselves such as ordering stock, finance and pool maintenance, which are tasks that I never knew the job involved.”