Apprenticeships with NESA: Liam Thompson

Along with progressing learners in their chosen field of sport, NESA also gives opportunities to staff to develop their skills and earn qualifications while working. Liam gave his thoughts on the role so far, and how he has settled in to the NESA programme.

Liam Thompson, Sports Coaching Apprentice:

“TyneMet has been nothing but rewarding for me so far, ranging from learning new things everyday about the role to receiving help from the more experienced coaches on how to improve sessions.

“I have been welcomed with open arms into the office, definitely a sense of relief as I was feeling extremely nervous on my first day. Having not much experience as a coach I have received tips and pointers which have helped me adapt and adjust my sessions to benefit the participants, this will ensure that they have they have the best possible experience when under my supervision.

“The sessions have ran smoothly and efficiently so far with few to none altercations, which has been essential in building and maintaining a bond with the participants. The main objective for the session is to ensure that everyone is having fun and getting involved, additionally I give off praise and motivation in the sessions to raise self-esteem and confidence.

“The most challenging aspect of the job so far has been meeting and introducing myself to everyone, first impressions are vital as you want to be civil and friendly with everyone. With time I’m becoming more confident in conversations as well as delivering sessions on a daily basis, this has helped me express myself more and voice my opinion if necessary.

“Overall, my first two months have been a pleasure and an enjoyable experience. Hopefully this will continue in the short and long term, as it will help provide the best possible “Move It” sessions to the participants.”

Sarah Bennett, Sports Development Officer

“At TyneMet we want to give individuals’ the opportunity to study but also work in their chosen area.

“Being part of NESA as an apprentice allows the learners to do this. The apprentices are vital to the work we do as part of the college’s learner experience as they deliver the majority of extracurricular activities across college for the learners.

“Liam has settled in exceptionally and is already producing some really high quality work both in the classroom and in the delivery of sessions. I am excited to see him develop into the role as he learns and gains more opportunities to improve his skills and employability for the future.”