College Principal Swaps Roles with Gym Apprentice for National Apprenticeship Week

Date: 06/03/2014


The Principal and Chief Executive of Dearne Valley College tried out something a little different than his usual working day recently, in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2014.

Principal, Martin Harrison swapped his suit for a gym hoodie to switch roles with Fitness Apprentice, Courtney Sterling. 19-year-old Courtney is currently on a Level 2 Instructing Fitness and Exercise Apprenticeship at the College’s sports centre, DVC Sports, is about to progress on to Level 3. The Principal shadowed Courtney in a personal training session with a client to gain a feel for the working day of the modern Apprentice.

Roles then reversed and Courtney sat in the bosses chair for a few hours and joined the Principal on a catch-up and attendance meeting with a group of the College’s Engineering students to gain an insight into Principal, Martin Harrison’s role.

Speaking about his change in schedule, the Principal said:
“It’s really important for me to understand exactly what it’s like to be a Dearne Valley College student, I must admit this usually involves meeting groups of students, working with our Student Association or reading student survey results, so a Job Swap was exciting and a little different from the norm! I jumped at the chance to spend some time learning about Courtney’s position as a Fitness Instructing Apprentice, as part of the College’s wider celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week 2014. It was also a fantastic opportunity to take Courtney under my wing and teach him about my own role within the College.“

Apprentice, Courtney Sterling said:
“I was excited to show the Principal what I do on a daily basis and he really got stuck in and helped to advise the client on how to use some of the equipment in the fitness suite. It was also really interesting to shadow the Principal in his activities to see what goes on behind the scenes; I got quite comfortable at his desk!”

For further information or to enquire about our range of Apprenticeships, please contact the College on 01709 513355, or at


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