Graduate Trainee Manager Scheme

£19,386 to £21,690 pa + benefits* (based on location)
01 Nov 2018
30 Nov 2018
Start Date

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 between August and September 2019 and is available across GLL's locations in -

  • London
  • Oxfordshire
  • Chiltern
  • Cambridge
  • Welwyn and Hatfield
  • Manchester
  • Belfast
  • Newcastle
  • York
  • Swindon
  • North Kesteven (nr Lincoln)
  • Cornwall
  • Cardiff
  • Bath

This award winning scheme is a two year placement and development programme that aims to fast track talented people into 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'll complete statutory, management and modular training throughout the two years. You'll also experience working within a central support team and gain experience in project management and human resources.

You will be guaranteed a permanent management position up to Assistant Manager level on completion of the scheme.

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 and up to Assistant Manager salary in year 3
  • 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)
  • 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.

Closing date for applications: 30th November 2018

Assessment days in December 2018 and January 2019

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

About Us
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 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 and are an Investors in People Silver Award employer.

GLL is an equal opportunities employer.