Parkwood supports apprentices

Parkwood Supports Apprentices!

March the 5th to the 9th is National Apprentice Week. During this week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.

In honour of National Apprenticeship Week we would like to share two of our recent successful apprentices stories.

Matthew Bratton started at Crook Log Leisure Centre on the 4th of September 2017 after studying Sport and Exercise Sciences at North Kent College. He has been working alongside the fitness instructors in the gym and has this to say about his experiences; “Everyone has treated me superbly, from gym staff and customers to the management including the centre manager. I have learnt so much from them and they are all willing to help me with my studies and are helping me to improve and reach the best of my abilities. To be honest it feels like I am a part of one big happy family. I recommend Crook Log for apprenticeships as you have so many possibilities to learn new skills, make friends and to progress further with their active experiences. To any new apprentices I wish you good luck  and enjoy the experience whether it is as a membership advisor, recreation assistant or a fitness instructor.

Jess Kiddell started as an apprentice at Erith Leisure Centre and studied with various different areas including reception, lifeguarding, cleaning and administration. During her time as an apprentice Jess completed  NPLQ First Aid, Fitness Instructing Level 2, NVQ in Activity Leadership multiskilled Level 2, Employment Awareness Level 2 and in addition to this was able to gain Swimming Instructing Level 2 upon completion of the apprenticeship.

“I have been offered training and support all throughout my time working for Parkwood Leisure and have been given multiple opportunities for progression within my role. I have thoroughly enjoyed working within this organisation and have gained skills which i will continue to use throughout my career. I am looking forward to progressing further and gaining more skills and knowledge to continue to develop.”

Jess has now progressed to the role of Trainee Duty Manager at Crook Log Leisure Centre.








If you would like to find out anymore about the Apprentice program please contact your local leisure centre or go to for further information.


Press contact

Cat Wenham

0203 887 3335


Crook Log Leisure Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath DA7 4HH

About Parkwood Community Leisure

Working in partnership with the London Borough of Bexley, Parkwood Community Leisure operates three large centres which offer an impressive range of facilities to the local