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TRAInInG PTI unveils Suspended Movement course

UK-based provider Premier Training International (PTI) has announced the launch of its new CPD Certificate in Suspended Movement Training, which has been on offer since late December. The first of the courses,

which are due to take place from the end of February 2012, have been designed for fitness professionals looking to learn more about suspen- sion training techniques. Available at a number of

Strictly shape up with Springboard

GARETH EDWARDS is education director at The Springboard Charity

Te first of the new one-day courses will commence in late February

selected PTI venues, the new one-day course will provide an understanding of the theory and safe application of effective methods and includes a variety of exercises. PTI sales and marketing director Victoria

Branch said: “Courses such as the Certificate in Suspended Movement Training allow learners

the opportunity to offer their clients a new and stimulating way to exercise. “Te methods and techniques acquired over

the day are designed to integrate seamlessly with other training modalities so as to enable trainers to enrich the breadth of training pro- vision that they can deliver to client.”

De Vere unveils new apprenticeships

A new apprenticeship pro- gramme, which has been designed to offer “high quality” employment oppor- tunities to young people is to be unveiled by the De Vere Academy of Hospitality. Due to formally launch on

1 February 2012, the De Vere Apprenticeship scheme is to last for at least 12 months and will see all candidates employed across the group. Te programme has been

devised following consul- tation with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and now complies with new national standards for apprenticeships. De Vere Academy managing director Kellie

Rixon said: “Te De Vere Academy now has an even more robust structure that will allow more young people to become stars in the catering, hospitality, and service sectors.

De Vere’s apprentices are to be employed across the hospitality group “We are grateful for this further collab-

oration, support, and development being undertaken with NAS.” NAS chief executive Simon Waugh added:

“Te new delivery model proposed by De Vere meets the comprehensive quality standards for apprenticeship.” Details:

Business leaders support £1bn Youth Contract

Te leaders of the four largest employer organ- isations have backed the government’s £1bn Youth Contract, which aims to create job and learning opportunities for young people. Te British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, the British


Retail Consortium, and the Federation of Small Businesses all support the initiative. It follows a round-table discussion headed

by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, which also saw representatives from Hilton Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group attend.

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hile we all looked forward to Christmas and the well deserved break with family and friends, our thoughts

have inevitably turned to shedding those excess pounds that we have accumulated fol- lowing the parties, pies and profiteroles. Now it’s time to turn those good inten-

tions into brilliant deeds for 2012 by signing up for The Springboard Charity’s Latin Aerobics sessions. Strut your stuff as the Virgin Active Zumba-trained instructors guide you through salsa, samba and reggae- ton steps at some of London’s top hotels. Springboard and partners Virgin Active

have teamed up with Marriott Grosvenor Square, Rennaissance St. Pancras, Lancaster London, Te Tower Hotel and Grosvenor House Hotel, so you’ll be strictly sweating in some of the best venues in town. Te good news is that the cost of this

programme is less than joining a gym, so you’re improving your health and having a great time all at a very reasonable cost. And don’t forget you’ll also be helping to raise vital funds for a charity that directly sup- ports young people, disadvantaged groups and unemployed people by helping them get meaningful opportunities to get a job in the hospitality and leisure sector – one that’s managing to hold its own during this diffi- cult economic climate and there is a demand for new talent to enter the industry. Te sessions started on 9 January at the

Grosvenor House Hotel, and will run every Monday for six weeks. You won’t even feel like you’re working out because the fun fac- tor takes over as you immerse yourself in the latest aerobic dance craze! Get all your friends, family and colleagues involved to boost your drive and confidence. Don’t think of it as a workout, think of it as a party! We’re aiming to get 600+ people signed

up to take part and, with the Olympics just around the corner, there couldn’t be a bet- ter time to get involved. Get fit as you dance the winter blues away! As Len Goodman might say: “It’s got be worth at least a seven!” Details:

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