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Trainee Manager Scheme - External Applicants


Job overview


If you have a real passion for leisure, sport and fitness and are interested in leisure management, the GLL Graduate Trainee Manager scheme could be for you. The scheme starts in September 2018 and is available across GLL’s locations in London, Manchester, Belfast, Chilterns, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon, Newcastle, Carlisle, Cardiff, Cornwall, Bath and Taunton. Salary package is subject to location offered.


This award winning scheme is a 2 year placement and development programme that aims to fast track talented people into Assistant Manager roles and produce the senior managers of the future. Many of our current Directors, General and Assistant Managers came through the Trainee Manager Scheme.


Leisure managers operate within complex business environments and are responsible for centres operations, leadership, customer liaison, technical, programming, marketing and financial management. The Trainee Manager scheme helps you to prepare for these challenges.


Our challenging two-year training scheme for graduates includes practical work experience in all aspects of leisure provision. You’ll complete customer-facing placements such as Fitness Instructor, Lifeguard and Customer Service Advisor within a structured programme in year one and supervisory placements in year two. In addition, you will complete statutory, management and modular training throughout the two years. You will also experience working within a central support team and gain experience in project management and human resources.


You’ll need a degree or equivalent qualification (a sports, leisure or business-related qualification is an advantage) and be:

  • Customer-focused
  • Business-driven
  • Committed to a career in leisure management
  • Flexible
  • Willing to travel within the UK
  • Hard-working
  • A competent swimmer
  • Capable of embracing this fast-track scheme



  • Salary increase in Year 2 of the scheme
  • Assistance with relocation if needed
  • Pension scheme
  • Uniform
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Travel allowance
  • Discounted staff fitness membership
  • Discounts on days out and other social activities
  • Continuous training and career development (qualifications and professional studies including CIMSPA accreditation)
  • Mentoring throughout the duration of the scheme
  • The opportunity to join the GLL Society and have a say in how we’re run plus associated social events


If you feel your experience, knowledge and career aspirations match this exciting opportunity, apply now.


GLL is an equal opportunities employer.


GLL is the UK’s largest leisure provider and one of the first and largest leisure social enterprises. Our aim is to get more people, more active, more of the time whilst making leisure and community facilities accessible and affordable. We operate 14 facilities in Belfast and have exciting expansion plans. We partner with local authorities to run leisure centres, swimming pools, libraries, children’s centres, spas, events spaces and world-class sporting venues such as the Copper Box Arena and London Aquatics Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - all under our Better brand. As a not-for-profit organisation, we’re different. Passionate about seeing our communities thrive, we invest back into our facilities, projects and people.


Closing date for applications:
17th November 2017


Telephone Interviews from the 20th -30th November 2017.


Assessment days in January and February 2018.


Working pattern:
Full time 39 hours

Contract Type:
Secondment / fixed term 2 years.

Starting Salary:

From £18,114 to £20,268 pa + benefits*

Initial Location:

Belfast, various locations available


*All pay rates are subject to skills, experience, qualifications, age and location.

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GLL is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The aim of GLL is to recruit people not just for jobs but for long term careers.



GLL is a registered trademark of Greenwich Leisure Limited, a charitable social enterprise and registered society under the Co-operative & Community Benefit & Societies Act 2014 registration no. 27793R. Registered office: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX. Inland Revenue Charity no: XR43398 VAT registration no: 219749179. Email: