Graduate Leisure Manager (North & Midlands) – Midlands

Graduate Leisure Manager (North & Midlands)

Places for People



We are Places for People Group, we're a social enterprise that believes it's more than just homes that make a community – it's the people. That's why we build homes and manage communities where everyone can thrive.   

We aren't your typical company. We apply the same philosophy to our People as we do to our communities, ensuring our team is appreciated and supported. At Places for People, you're more than just a number – you're a part of our cause.   

More about your role  

As part of our Emerging Talent 2023 programme, we are proud to launch our Places Leisure Graduate roles.  We are excited to offer four individuals a trainee management role at one of our leisure centres across England. This two-year programme of development will provide an accelerated route into management, offering the graduate insight into the running of our leisure centres. The start date for this role is 18th September 2023.  

You'll rotate across different departments within our centre, understanding both the operational and commercial aspects of our business.   From time in our member areas such as reception and front of house through to sales, budgeting, and strategic planning you'll get to know the ins and out of what we do whilst benefiting from on-the-job training from your new colleagues.  Successful candidates will undertake Mental Health first aider training and if the centre allows pool plant expertise.  

You'll become an ambassador for our ethos, creating active places and healthy people, you'll deliver a People First experience for members, making a difference to the lives of those in our communities. 

This is a site based role, to be considered you need to be commutable to one of our Places Leisure sites across Amber Valley, Birmingham, Harborne, Hinckley, Rotherham, Sandwell, Sheffield, Tewkesbury, Wolverhampton, Wyre Forest

More about you  

You'll be a recent graduate; our preference is that this is within a leisure or sports discipline. However, we are open to applications from other academic backgrounds where candidates show a passion and interest in the leisure industry. You may have coaching experience or a previous background working in a leisure role. 

You'll have a real love for the leisure industry and a passion for the services we deliver.  Our ethos will drive you to succeed and be proud to act as an ambassador for Places Leisure.  The successful candidate will get stuck in and utilise this opportunity to learn from those around you. You'll be open to challenges and be excited to innovate creative solutions to deliver for our communities. 

To be successful in this role you'll be a people person with great communication skills. Your day-to-day role will see you speaking with our members, colleagues and delivery partners and the ability to adapt your style to meet their need is essential. Most importantly this role should excite and intrigue you! 


You'll join our Emerging Talent programme which brings together SPIRITed and talented individuals from across Places for People. The programme is designed to provide you with a wide range of skills, business insight and sector specific knowledge over two years.   You'll learn a lot and quickly, you'll get exposure to some of our senior leaders as well being connected to a business mentor to support you throughout. You'll be encouraged and empowered to flourish and thrive within a nurturing environment. Our ambition gives you all the challenge you could wish for and that's why we can offer you tangible and exciting career progression in a diverse ad pioneering environment. 

We are a large diverse and ambitious business, which will give you all the challenge you could wish for.  

We know that there's always more we can do to make you smile, that's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package with each role, yours will include:  

  • An opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Lots of opportunity to access ongoing personal learning and development
  • Access to our Company Pension scheme
  • Cashback plan for healthcare costs – up to £500 saving per year
  • Discounts of up to 50% on activities, centre shop and cafes

What's next?  

Hopefully what you've read here has got you excited and wanting to apply. The first step of the application process should take around 20 minutes. You'll be asked to complete your personal details, academic history and provide us some additional supporting information about you. Don't worry you should know all of the answers. The next part of the application form is asking you to complete a few additional questions, these will ask you to consider your reason for applying, what you want out of the Emerging Talent programme and how you would address current societal issues. Take your time over these, your answers will be shared and may lead to additional questions throughout the application process.  

Finally, you'll be asked to upload a CV, this should include an overview of your work history so far, don't forget to include any volunteering you've done. You will need to make sure this includes all of your academic achievements, from GCSE to your most recent qualifications.  

Once we've been able to review your application and CV, successful candidates will be sent invites to complete a video interview.   This gives you the opportunity to give us more information and offer insight into the person behind the CV.  



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