WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition

After an incredible year with the 2016 Fitness Trainer Competition – the first as part of the WorldSkills UK suite of competitions – AoC Sport is managing the 2017 competition again as the trusted organising partner of WorldSkills UK after being shortlisted as a ‘Partner of the Year’ in 2016.

The WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition, supported by Active IQ is the only WorldSkills UK competition – of a suite of more than 55 competitions – in the active leisure industry and the only skills competition for students in the UK working towards qualifications in the fitness industry, regardless of where and with which institution they study.

The competition challenges aspiring fitness professionals’ skills on industry-driven criteria – developed by a professional technical experts group under the direction of Karen Stanton – and allowing them to demonstrate that they have more to give to prospective employers than just their qualification.

For 2017, the competition team is delighted to be supported in lead by Active IQ once again, a leading UK-wide awarding body specialising in design and delivery of sector leading vocational qualifications. The competition team also welcomes the support of Future Fit Training, training provider of the year 2016, as the competition’s official training partner who will supporting our competitors through their online CPD platform; Pro Zone.

We recognise and support the work of Future Fit Training who publish the yearly ‘Raising the Bar’ report, highlighting the skills gap in the industry between vocational training and industry entry requirements. Future Fit Training have endorsed the competition as an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have the additional skills needed by the modern and ever-changing industry; their head of school for personal training having judged with the competition team at every stage through 2016 and continuing into 2017. You can read more on Paul’s experiences in the competition in his most recent blog for Gym Owner Monthly magazine.

The competition finals for 2017 will once again be held at the Skills Show, the nation’s largest careers and skills event. The Skills Show is held at the NEC in Birmingham from 16-18 November and is anticipated to draw 100,000 visitors. Tickets to the Skills Show are FREE and available from WorldSkills UK directly.

AoC Sport will continue to support the development of skills competitions for the fitness industry across various levels and from autumn 2017 a resource and CPD pack will be available for colleges to embed skills competitions into their teaching.