AoC Sport’s response to ukactive and Future Fit’s latest report, ‘Raising the Bar 2016’

Ukactive and Future Fit Training’s latest report on industry standards, ‘Raising the Bar 2016’, is an update of the report Future Fit published last year, ‘Raising the Bar’.

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The initial report stated new recruits were not suitably trained to hold down jobs in the fitness industry, while the latest report outlines industry concerns over the ability of fitness employers and their employees to deliver a service to, and engage with, special populations. 88% of the sector’s employers believe personal training staff are not adequately educated to engage with these groups.

‘Special populations’ refers to those such as children, older adults, pre and post-natal women, diabetics and overweight clients, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the fitness industry, as it is tasked to help deliver on NHS, government and Sport England policies .

The WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition, run by AoC Sport, challenges both Gym Instructors and Personal Trainers across a variety of tasks, marking on a range of skills from time management to rapport with a client.

Competitors in both categories are required to perform to industry standards within tight timescales. They are graded on all aspects of the job role(s) including:

  • demonstrating excellent customer service skills
  • the ability to motivate and encourage
  • an engaging personality and affinity for working with others
  • the ability to actively promote themselves and their skills concisely
  • coverage of a full and effective session; PT in 40 minutes and Gym Induction in 30.
  • concise and creative written planning skills
  • careful and responsible use of the working area.

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As a result, employers are starting to recognise the value of the Fitness Trainer Competition in helping students become industry-ready, and AoC Sport is encouraging and recognising the skills through the competition which employers desperately need.

The competition must meet the rigorous standards set by WorldSkills UK, and is endorsed by a number of leading industry bodies, including Active IQ, YMCA Awards and GLL, while one of our judges is the Head of School of PT at Future Fit Training.

As a result, the Fitness Trainer Competition is able to provide employers with a ‘quality stamp’ and assurance that the applying candidate can actually ‘do the job’, with their skills and abilities checked, challenged and stretched beyond the requirements of the qualification.

AoC Sport’s Christopher Pitts, who manages the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition, said: “The competition provides an excellent opportunity for students studying qualifications in gym instructing or personal training to challenge themselves beyond the levels and requirements set as part of their formal qualifications.

“We test on a range of industry and personal skills and attributes, while also giving competitors the opportunity to not only learn from one another, but also from the feedback provided by our collection of top-level industry judges.

“The competition also helps students develop a range of skills, suitable to enabling them to work and engage with people who, while maybe not traditional gym-goers, are becoming an increasingly growing percentage of overall clientele.”

Rob Johnson CEO of Future Fit said: “It was fantastic to see the finals first hand at the Skills Show and the competition is an excellent method for assessing the skills required by industry in a live environment. We look forward to driving the competition forward with AoC Sport and demonstrating the best practice within the industry.”

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The initial report stated new recruits were not suitably trained to hold down jobs in the fitness industry, while the latest report outlines industry concerns over the ability of fitness employers and their employees to deliver a service to, and engage with, special populations. 88% of the sector’s employers believe personal training staff are not adequately educated to engage with these groups.

‘Special populations’ refers to those such as children, older adults, pre and post-natal women, diabetics and overweight clients, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the fitness industry, as it is tasked to help deliver on NHS, government and Sport England policies .

The WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition, run by AoC Sport, challenges both Gym Instructors and Personal Trainers across a variety of tasks, marking on a range of skills from time management to rapport with a client.

Competitors in both categories are required to perform to industry standards within tight timescales. They are graded on all aspects of the job role(s) including:

  • demonstrating excellent customer service skills
  • the ability to motivate and encourage
  • an engaging personality and affinity for working with others
  • the ability to actively promote themselves and their skills concisely
  • coverage of a full and effective session; PT in 40 minutes and Gym Induction in 30.
  • concise and creative written planning skills
  • careful and responsible use of the working area.

IMG_3290

As a result, employers are starting to recognise the value of the Fitness Trainer Competition in helping students become industry-ready, and AoC Sport is encouraging and recognising the skills through the competition which employers desperately need.

The competition must meet the rigorous standards set by WorldSkills UK, and is endorsed by a number of leading industry bodies, including Active IQ, YMCA Awards and GLL, while one of our judges is the Head of School of PT at Future Fit Training.

As a result, the Fitness Trainer Competition is able to provide employers with a ‘quality stamp’ and assurance that the applying candidate can actually ‘do the job’, with their skills and abilities checked, challenged and stretched beyond the requirements of the qualification.

AoC Sport’s Christopher Pitts, who manages the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition, said: “The competition provides an excellent opportunity for students studying qualifications in gym instructing or personal training to challenge themselves beyond the levels and requirements set as part of their formal qualifications.

“We test on a range of industry and personal skills and attributes, while also giving competitors the opportunity to not only learn from one another, but also from the feedback provided by our collection of top-level industry judges.

“The competition also helps students develop a range of skills, suitable to enabling them to work and engage with people who, while maybe not traditional gym-goers, are becoming an increasingly growing percentage of overall clientele.”

Rob Johnson CEO of Future Fit said: “It was fantastic to see the finals first hand at the Skills Show and the competition is an excellent method for assessing the skills required by industry in a live environment. We look forward to driving the competition forward with AoC Sport and demonstrating the best practice within the industry.”

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