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“As an Awarding Organisation we’re regularly in contact with leading companies within the active leisure sector and know that employers were concerned about the lack of soft skills among newly qualified personal trainers. This is why we decided to refresh our Level 3 PT Qualification and incorporate specific modules to address these areas,” says Jenny Patrickson.

Active IQ Managing Director Jenny Patrickson

Active IQ’s Managing Director Jenny patrickson

“Discussions have shown that many employers were also equally concerned about the currency of the Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification, due to it previously being a qualification that was developed by the Sector Skills Council at that time. Since then, the industry has moved on, and we’re seeing far more boutique operators and employers who have a completely different offering in terms of fitness instructing and group exercise. This change is why we have taken the decision to completely refresh the Level 2 Gym Instructor programme. Previously gym instructors and group exercise instructors took the same core units, and then progressed into different pathways, but they will now undertake separate qualifications which are fit for purpose and a better reflection of each role. The refreshed Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification will be available from December and the Level 2 Group Exercise Instructor qualification will be available in the new year.”

“There is a need to raise standards right across our sector. It’s far more common to see Level 4 becoming the new Level 3 when it comes to qualifications, but to really raise the bar we need to start at entry level with more valid qualifications for the industry. By raising the standards from the ground up, we can help people to gain the right skills to set them up in their career. The overall aim of the refreshed qualification is to help those entering the industry become ‘work ready’ from their studies to build confidence among employers and gym owners.”

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