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Now is the time for innovative solutions

SUKI KalIraI is interim chief executive of SkillsActive

Boxercise launches ali-inspired course

Boxercise has acquired rights from California, US-based Muhammad Ali Enterprises to launch a new training course bearing the name of the legendary boxer. Te Muhammad Ali Boxing


Trainer course launched in January in order to coincide with wider celebrations mark- ing Ali’s 70th birthday. Instructors who com-

n a week where politicians expressed ‘deep concern’ over Forces job cuts and youth unemployment rising to 1.04 million, it’s easy to feel like burying

one’s head in the sand. Despite this depress- ing news, it has never been more timely to forge ahead with innovative solutions. As the sector skills council for active lei-

sure, learning and well-being SkillsActive is well placed to deliver such solutions, drawing on our expertise, contacts and gov- ernment connections. We remain dedicated to finding ways of increasing the prospects of young people seeking jobs, helping those leaving the armed forces, directing employ- ers to skilled and work-ready employees and ensuring affordable and useful training is available to everyone in our sector. We’re working with employers, train-

ing providers and the armed forces on our Change Gear programme (see right) set- up to offer specific support to ensure those leaving the services are empowered to make informed decisions about the opportunities available to them. To find out how you can get involved visit SkillsActive is able to help get more young

people on the road to a fulfilling career. Starting with National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 February), we’re sending out a challenge to employers to get staff trained via apprenticeships. Employers can access thousands of pounds a year in funded train- ing. SkillsActive can help you identify how much your staff are eligible for and negoti- ate training to meet your requirements. SkillsActive’s Group Training Association

can offer partnership networks to small or medium enterprises in England to help them access match funding for training – see We can also help businesses meet statutory requirements. Not only are we offering traditional meth- ods of training, but we aim to work with providers to produce innovative delivery. Tis helps make training provision easy,

industry specific and cost efficient (http:// Now is the time to seize the nettle and meet challenges head-on.


plete the training course will be able to use Ali’s name to promote classes, personal training sessions or boot- camps. The course focuses on “unorthodox” methods, including rotational footwork while crossing the feet; and the “Ali shuffle”. Andy Wake, director of Boxercise, said: “Boxercise is recognised as the world leader

Tose who pass the course will be able to use Muhammad Ali’s name

in boxing-related fitness, with the result being a collaboration between the biggest name in boxing fitness and the biggest name in world boxing.” Details:

Change Gear programme to launch

SkillsActive, the sector skills council for active learning and leisure, is set to launch a new initiative to help Armed Forces personnel pursue a career within the sector. An employment and train-

ing fair scheduled to take place at Guildford’s Surrey Sports Park on 8 March will mark the launch of the Change Gear programme. Te programme will offer

specific career change support for those leaving the services, with the event to provide information on employment opportunities across the industry. Other components of the initiative will

include the Explore Sport workshop to help those new to the sector and Train to Change, which will deliver the right qualifications. Julie Evans, head of programmes at SkillsActive said: “What we are hoping to

SkillsActive is looking to help service personnel enter the leisure sector

achieve with Change Gear Employment and Training Fair is to look past the uniform to the person within. “Our sector has massive potential for growth

and career development and therefore offers a wealth of opportunity for those entering it.” Details:

Active IQ unveils new up-skill qualification

A new qualification designed to up-skill health and fitness industry professionals, and help them achieve practitioner status, has been launched by Active IQ. Te Active IQ Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) is

Read Leisure Opportunities online:

now available at Levels 3 and 4 and is endorsed by the Institute for Learning. Mandatory units include the roles, respon-

sibilities and relationships in lifelong learning and the use of inclusive learning and teaching approaches. Details:

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