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traInInG active IQ to expand vocational operations

Awarding organisation Active IQ has announced that it will be expanding its services into a number vocational and educational sectors outside the active leisure sector. Building on the compa-

ny’s apprenticeship solution launched earlier this year, Active IQ aims to offer qual- ifications designed to assist employers and employees alike to up-skill – with a particular focus on prepar- ing young people to join the UK workforce. Te new sec- tors will include finance as well as business and administration. Suzy Gunn, operations director at Active

How to make the most out of the university experience

Gareth edwards is education director of The Springboard Charity and Springboard UK

Active IQ has become one of the leading awarding bodies in fitness

IQ, said: “Tis is a move that we really think makes sense in terms of driving the company forward. We’ve had great success operating in the active leisure sector, and will continue

to do so, but we felt that we could apply our educative and qualification expertise to other sectors too.” Active IQ currently delivers more than

45 accredited qualifications from Entry Level to Level 4 within the leisure sector. Details:

TRX launches UK training service

Randy Hetrick, creator of the TRX Suspension Trainer, has visited the UK to launch a new training service. Hetrick unveiled TRX

Training and Education dur- ing this year’s Leisure Industry Week (LIW), where he took to the stage and delivered a key- note session entitled Te Next Evolution in Small Group Training. Te new UK-based service

has been created to deal with the demand for TRX’s training modules across the country. TRX figures show that dur- ing 2012, TRX’s UK-based course instructors will teach more than 1,000 trainers in suspension training and other disciplines. • TRX equipment was recently installed at


s the new academic year in uni- versities and colleges is now fully underway it’s a good time to pause and think about how to

get the best out of the higher education expe- rience. Key to a successful time is building a mutually respectful working relationship with your personal tutor to smooth prog- ress towards your ultimate goal. A refined tutorial scheme will help to promote a sense of community between academic staff and students, and vitally, contribute to the well being of students and their academic success by enabling them to feel regarded as indi- viduals and that their contribution will be listened to and valued. Oſten, the best schemes have a solid struc-

ture with a senior tutor or faculty head liaising with other heads of department or their nominees so that students always know where to go with a problem – academic or otherwise. As a ‘tutee’ it’s really important to help yourself by responding promptly to requests from a personal tutor, whilst ensur- ing that the appointment time is respected. Remember tutors don’t just have one per-

Te training service follows an increase in demand for TRX kit in the UK Te Hard Candy-branded chain of health

the fourth Hard Candy Fitness club in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

clubs was founded by US pop star Madonna alongside New Evolution Ventures in 2010. Details:

Icon Training offering fully-funded packages

Icon Training has been awarded additional funding to deliver its Ofsted Grade 1-tailored packages for the leisure sector. As a result of the further grants, the company is offering 500 funded places in connection


with its Aquatics, Studio Instructor and Customer Excellence training packages. Companies looking to take advantage of the

training opportunity have until 31 October to register their interest.

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son to see or just your problem to deal with. Always know how to get hold of your tutor at short notice in case of emergencies and give them a number that you can always be con- tacted on. It’s really important to keep the communication channels open and inform tutors of any relevant circumstances which may affect your studies. Don’t leave things to the last minute, particularly when you’re looking for a reference. Make sure you give plenty of notice because the sooner you get in the queue the better. So what can you expect from your per-

sonal tutor in return? Always remember that they’re there for you and have your best interests at heart. Tey want you to succeed and grow as an individual. Tey can help you get better results and assist in planning your workload, while collaborating on your personal goals. It’s about helping you build confidence in what you’re trying to do and most personal tutors will remain with you for the duration of your course.

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