The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) has officially entered the pilot stage! Before the Register can be rolled out to everyone in the aquatic industry, it needs to be tested.
The Register is being piloted in England initially, with plans to roll out across the UK so that everyone in the aquatic industry can be involved in this new and exciting development.
The pilot will run for approximately four months, during which time 1,000 individuals will be invited to take part. The pilot is free for those who are taking part; this is thanks to a subsidy provided by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).
At the end of the pilot there will be an evaluation of the system, where we will ask individuals and employers for feedback. This will allow SkillsActive partners to make final updates ready for full launch.
When can I get involved?
RAPs will formally launch just in time for the summer when everyone, young and old will be diving into the pool to hopefully cool off.
There are still a few places left! So if you would like to be involved at this exciting early stage, please feel free to visit our website and register to become a member at: www.aquaticregsiter.org.
If you don’t manage to make it on to the pilot and you work in the aquatic industry, you will be warmly invited to join and show both the public and employers alike that you hold relevant qualifications when the Register is fully launched.
A little more about RAPs
The Register has been developed with those involved directly in the aquatic industry. The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and Swimming Teacher Association (STA) have all worked in partnership with SkillsActive to develop RAPs. Ultimately the Register is a mechanism to support employers, individuals and the general public. It will give the public assurance that registered individuals hold the relevant qualifications for the job they undertake.
Come and read more about RAPs on our official website http://www.aquaticregister.org