New Skills Active qualification gives trainees a grounding in sport and recreation values

May 24, 2017

Skills Active’s new flagship qualification is designed to give learners a launchpad into a range of sport and recreation careers.

Skills Active is the industry training organisation for sport, community recreation, outdoor recreation, exercise and the performing arts.

The New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Exercise and Leisure Operations (SELO), released last month, is a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification that can be used in any sport and recreation workplace. It replaces Skills Active’s previous entry-level qualification, Sport and Recreation Core Skills Level 2.

Yvonne Hughey is the training manager at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, and the first registered assessor for the new Skills Active qualification. Her role is to grow and nourish the skill base at Hanmer Springs, by ensuring its 120 staff are fully inducted and trained, and supporting them in ongoing professional development. She is also responsible for the company’s health and safety policies and procedures.

Yvonne says what she likes about SELO is that it deals with fundamental values and culture that apply across every sport, exercise and leisure business, so it can be used in a wide range of occupations. At Hanmer Springs this means it works for all new staff, whether they are based at the pools, the spa, the artisan spa, the information centre, kiosk, or the café and grill.

“Staff can apply what they’ve learned to their part of the business,” she says. “I also love the health and safety component because it does a great job of helping people to understand what their responsibilities are.”

Having great talent in your business is about hiring for attitude, Yvonne says, and then helping staff develop the skills they need – and that is where SELO comes in. As new staff master this entry-level qualification, it is rewarding to watch them grow in self-assurance and ease in the role, she says.

SELO is being rolled out to some of Skills Active’s key clients such as Hanmer Springs and Wellington City Council, and Skills Active chief executive Grant Davidson says initial feedback has been very positive.

“This new and improved qualification can be used off the shelf, or customised to the employer. We look forward to it becoming the industry standard for introducing new staff into this exciting and dynamic workforce,” Dr Davidson says.


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren
0220 371 012

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation (ITO) for sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation and the performing arts. We promote sport and recreation careers and workforce development, create world-class, nationally-recognised qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.