Student Employment Programme

The Sport & Exercise Student Employment Programme provides experience and industry related professional development in one of the country’s leading and most diverse sport, fitness and active wellbeing settings.

Working at Pleasance Gym has been a highlight of my university experience. Through taking part in the programme I have achieved qualifications such as Level 2 Indoor Cycling and Level 2 functional training, alongside learning experiences with top educators from companies like Technogym, Eleiko and Wattbike! I would really recommend this experience to anyone.

Katy Boyce
MA (Hons) Education Studies. Gym Assistant 2021

About the programme

The team at Sport & Exercise are committed to your development – providing you with:

  • A ‘student experience’ employment contract of 6–10 hours p/w, commencing 2nd September 2024, ending 20 April 2025
  • On the job training, delivered by our highly skilled team of active wellbeing professionals
  • Opportunities to gain industry related training and professional qualifications, fully funded by Sport & Exercise
  • Opportunities to gain valuable insight into the University (and wider) network of sport & active health, which will undoubtedly enhance your employability potential
  • A fun, positive and inclusive culture which is based around our core values of being Open to EveryBody, Anything is Possible and Enabling Excellence

Performance Sport Intern - 8 hours per week

Working 8 hours flexibly across the week you will work alongside the performance sport staff to support all aspects of the Performance Sport Programme at Edinburgh.

Do you have experience of performance sport as an athlete? Would you like to gain work experience that will enhance your employability? We are looking to appoint a performance sport intern for the academic year 2024-25. Training, mentoring and experience across the full range of performance sport services will be available alongside identified CPD opportunities.

Applications for the 24/25 cohort are now closed.

Sports Assistant - 10 hours per week

Sports Assistants are responsible for helping provide an efficient, proactive, safe and inclusive service for our community of members and customers. They are based within one of our three Edinburgh sites – The Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym, St Leonard’s Land or Peffermill Playing Fields. 

Day to day responsibilities will differ depending on where you are based, however, all sites work towards the same high quality standards focusing on the services they offer. Where you are based will be determined at the selection stage. 

  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • NPLQ
  • Intro to Pool Plant 
  • Grounds Maintenance 
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Disability Awareness
  • First Aid at work

Applications for the 24/25 cohort are now closed.

Gym Assistant - 8 hours per week

Working as part of a team and with guidance from the Gym Team Leader, you will provide a safe, clean, fun and inclusive gym environment. Your main aim will be to enhance the gym experience for members and guests through excellent customer service and leading industry knowledge and skills.

A number of job specific learning opportunities and professional qualifications will be provided including: 

  • YMCA Gym Instructor (Level 2)
  • Watt Bike Foundation Course
  • Eleiko Strength Coach (Level 1) 
  • Lifting for Beginners Workshops 
  • Technogym Skillathletic Course
  • Mental Health Awareness

Applications for the 24/25 cohort are now closed.

Active Lives Assistant - 6 hours per week

Working as part of the Active Lives team at Sport & Exercise, guided by the Active Lives Lead, you will deliver exceptional, inclusive, and fun physical activity-based sessions, providing our University community with the best opportunities to improve their own wellbeing. 

You will enthusiastically engage with a diverse University community across the Central, King’s Buildings, Easter Bush, BioQuarter and Western General campuses. You will also be a professional and passionate advocate for all Sport & Exercise services, willing to go above and beyond to support our community to live happier, healthier, more active lifestyles..

  • Paths for All Walk Leader
  • Pickleball Ambassador
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Badminton Basics
  • Volleyball Ambassador

Applications for the 24/25 cohort are now closed.

Apply today

If you would like to be part of Sport & Exercise’ Student Employment Programme 2023–24; are passionate about physical activity and helping others, understand the powerful benefits movement can have on your wellbeing, have a can-do attitude, possess a high level of passion and energy for delivering outstanding customer service and also have the desire to undertake professional development then we would like to hear from you:

Applications for the 24/25 cohort are now closed.

Important information

Selection days will be held between 20 – 27 March 2024. The selection days will provide the opportunity for you to get to know more about Sport & Exercise, the team, our services, and operations. There will be also be some fun practical sessions and 1:1’s interviews.

Further Information

For further information please contact