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Firefighters boost their fitness with Active IQ


Firefighters over the UK are now improving their knowledge of health and fitness with the new Active IQ Level 3 Advanced Exercise and Fitness Apprenticeship, which has been tailored to the needs of Fire Brigade Union Members.

The apprenticeship, delivered through a number of Active IQ approved centres, covers a wide range of content, including anatomy, physiology, psychology, nutrition and implementation of effective exercise and fitness plans. Additional focus within the apprenticeship aims to benefit the long-term health, fitness and wellness of Firefighters, rather than previous practice which focuses primarily on short term fitness.

“Despite being a fitness enthusiast, I can now see that I was not training in the most efficient way,” says firefighter Richard Davis, from Leicestershire. “When this is added to the insights we have gained alongside nutrition, there is no doubt my overall health and fitness has improved since starting the apprenticeship.”

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Active IQ now offering End-point Assessment Services

Leading Awarding Organisation Active IQ continues to expand its offering with the launch of its new End-point Assessment service for Customer Service Practitioner and Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship standards. Each standard describes the skills, knowledge and behaviours that an apprentice needs to be fully competent in each occupation. End-point Assessment ensures the effective independent assessment of apprentices at the end of their apprenticeship journey, and Active IQ is also providing both training providers and employers with high quality learning resources to support the journey itself.

Active IQ gained approval to carry out End-point Assessment in March this year by being accepted onto the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations. It is a demonstration of the quality of its processes and resources, that Active IQ was one of the few awarding organisations accepted on its first application to the register.

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Commentary from Sarah Edmonds, Direct of Quality and Standards at Active IQ

Sarah Edmonds, Director of Quality and Standards at Active IQ

The Institute for Apprenticeships (the IfA) has announced the chairs of its 15 route panels. They include figures from industry and education, and are designed to lead the development of standards of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by employers for every occupation in England. For Active IQ, the chairs for

“Health and Science” – Kirk Lower (Health Education England) and “Childcare and Education” – Sir Nick Weller (executive principal, Dixons City Academy, Bradford) are of particular significance.

These are the routes within which the majority of our business will reside, as the agenda currently stands. Colleges and other institutions, providers and employers are keen to see a joined up approach to post-16 education, and clear pathways to employment for our young people. Whilst it is disappointing that training and education opportunities for young people considering a career in sport, coaching, training or teaching physical activity or exercise do not currently sit under one single route, it is now more important than ever that clear, useful information advice and guidance is made available to all stakeholders, otherwise we may be at risk of losing a generation of would-be professionals at a time when the result of physical inactivity across the UK is putting enormous pressure on the health system.

Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships, Antony Jenkins, says of these appointments that “Their expertise will ensure the panels are run smoothly and that quality will be maintained across the system”. It is of paramount importance that not only does the IfA run smoothly, but that the system works in a way to ensure opportunities to deliver the “asks” of the employers they seek to serve are not lost in a bureaucracy of red tape that serves the system, rather than industry.

Read Sarah’s commentary on the ukactive blog here.