Sports Apprenticeship Case Study: Chester Ashford

Chester Ashford, 18, came across a P.E & School Sports apprenticeship with CT Skills after completing a futsal scholarship with local football team, Mansfield Town FC and deciding that he wanted to take an alternative path as he felt university was ‘the right opportunity at the wrong time.’ 

CT Skills are proud to have excellent relationships with some of the best schools across the East Midlands and happily placed Chester with leading Nottinghamshire school, The Carlton Academy. Soon after beginning his apprenticeship, Chester was given the opportunity to plan lessons, assist with teaching and become a core member of the PE department. 

Chester explains; 

“Joining The Carlton Academy has definitely been the best decision I have made because it’s given me the freedom of dipping into teaching whilst also providing me with the vital skills and knowledge that I’ll remember for a very long time and hopefully take into teaching with me.”

With 74% of apprenticeship employers saying that their apprentices remain at their company much longer than non-apprentices, many sports apprentices will often progress in to the following roles: 


Sports Development Officer

Sports Coach 

Children’s Activity Professional 

School Sports Instructor 

Teaching Assistant 

Higher Level Teaching Assistant 

Chester continues;

“CT Skills have helped me hugely with my apprenticeship. Most recently, I have been observed for the first time taking a lesson which is a part of my course. I was extremely nervous but my colleagues and my tutor at CT Skills (Natalie Wright) were comforting and I soon found my feet in what was a good lesson as it turned out. Every Monday our group has training days with Natalie, where we learn new things about session planning and supporting the delivery of PE. I also find this very enjoyable.”

In the short period Chester has been an apprentice, he’s had an extremely positive impact on the staff at The Carlton Academy which successfully led him to winning the Respect Award for his hard work and dedication at the Made in the Midlands Awards. CT Skills are proud of Chester’s achievements and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the striving apprentice. 

Chester concludes; 

“Finally I’d just like to thank everyone at CT Skills and The Carlton Academy for their assistance and guidance in helping me become a better person and learning the things I now know which I didn’t 7 months ago.” 

If you are interested in an apprenticeship in Physical Education & School Sport with CT Skills or are a Head Teacher looking to up-skill your current employees, please call 0115 959 9544