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Active IQ named as a finalist for ‘Exporter of the Year’ at FAB 2021 Awards


Posted on 4 November 2021

Active IQ has been named as a finalist in the ‘Exporter of the Year’ category of the sixth annual FAB 2021 Awards, organised by the Federation of Awarding Bodies.

The ‘Exporter of the Year’ award recognises the success of an organisation’s exports and international business.

This year, Active IQ has been making great waves abroad, particularly in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, the team has been breaking new ground to help to train and recruit Saudi women instructors. All in partnership with Spectrum® Wellness for Women, who are the first Active IQ training provider in the Kingdom. Active IQ worked closely with Tracy Aldereyaane, VP at Spectrum, to develop resources that support the needs of learners in the region, – teaching in the community or working with clients in local fitness facilities. Their role not only involves exporting Active IQ’s qualifications but also includes supporting local trainers on their journey to qualify, build their business and cascade their knowledge.

At the end of October, Active IQ attended Dubai Active as an exhibitor and sponsor of the business and buyer’s lounge, giving the team a perfect platform to showcase its manuals, that have been translated into Arabic. So far Active IQ has translated three qualifications and attracted just over 450 candidates. Following consultation with local training providers, Active IQ took local dialect into account, and developed an Egyptian translation and a formal Arabic translation of their course material to ensure the language was recognised across the regions.

Now in its sixth year, the FAB 2021 Awards recognise the contributions made by awarding organisations and their employees to education and skills in the UK over the past year. The winners will be announced at the FAB 2021 Awards dinner, sponsored by Creatio, on 11 November at the Marriott Hotel in Leicester.

Tom Bewick, FAB Chief Executive, said “This year we received an abundance of excellent nominations for the FAB Awards, all of which were of a very high standard and demonstrated the commitment of our members to learners and the sector. I am immensely proud of how our industry has risen to the challenges of the last two years and I have heard and seen so many examples of excellence demonstrated by individuals and teams pulling together to support one another as well as centres, employers and of course learners. We look forward to celebrating as an industry on 11 November.”

“We are delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in this category and to have our work recognised in this way,” says Jenny Patrickson, Active IQ managing director. “The FAB Awards are prestigious with nominations received from many industry sectors. To have the work we do in the leisure industry noticed among so many other dynamic industries is an achievement in itself and we are looking forward to celebrating with the other finalists at the awards dinner.”