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Areas for improvement Remuneration
package, career prospects and
training could be better
main factors, but males are more likely FIG 2. WHO PAYS FOR
than females to cite low pay (64 per cent TRAINING BY OCCUPATION My employer Myself Both
of males versus 50 per cent of females)
and better career prospects elsewhere
Total
(49 per cent versus 35 per cent).
General manager
3%
training needs
Club/duty manager
A third area for improvement is in
Studio or fi tness manager/
training. One-third of respondents who supervisor/team or group leader
undertook no training would not
Gym instructor (Level 2)
recommend their employer, while 82 per
cent of respondents who had spent 11 or
Advanced instructor (Level 3)
more days training would. Expectations of
Personal trainer (Level 3)
remaining in the industry also correspond
with the number of training days received.
Group exercise and aqua

instructors/teachers (Level 2)
Those who intend to stay for up to one
Yoga, pilates or Keep Fit

year received an average 4.7 training days,
Association teacher
4%
up to three years received 4.2 training
Exercise referral/clinical exercise/
active programme manager
days, up to fi ve years 5.5 days and more
0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
than fi ve years 5.9 training days.
A fi fth of respondents reported a lack
of training, but only seven per cent said instructors, and only 40 per cent of of club/duty managers and 72 per cent of
they had not received any. The average personal trainers. When asked specifi cally GMs have their training paid for. A high
number of training days for employees in about their fi tness qualifi cations, the proportion of yoga or pilates teachers
the sector is six days, with 19 per cent most common was other Level 3 (38 (96 per cent), group exercise and aqua
attending 11 days or more. per cent) followed by other Level 2 (16 instructors (77 per cent) and personal
There is some evidence to suggest a per cent). Only 24 per cent reported trainers (72 per cent) pay for their own
problem with the relevance of training. having an NVQ/SVQ at Level 2 or 3. training, which can be partly attributed
The level of education among respondents This indicates that, although a high to their self-employed/freelance status.
was good, with 27 per cent of fi tness proportion of respondents hold a higher In summary, where there is
workers holding an honours degree as level qualifi cation, this may not be directly dissatisfaction in the fi tness workforce,
their highest level of education. However, relevant to their work. links can be made to remuneration
only 55 per cent of respondents who held More respondents report employers package, career prospects and levels or
a degree or doctorate had a sport- or contributing to training – 40 per cent relevance of training and development.
fi tness-related qualifi cation. This breaks compared to 31 per cent in 2007.
down to 81 per cent of studio and fi tness Generally, management occupations liz smith
managers, 51 per cent of advanced receive a lot more support – 75 per cent healthclub@leisuremedia.com
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