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TRAINING New courses aim to tackle skills shortage


Awarding organisation Active IQ has launched a new range of active leisure qualifications designed to help address the industry’s management skills shortage. T e issue of under-qualifi ed man-


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agers came into the spotlight during a panel discussion at industry confer- ence SIBEC earlier this year, when it was claimed that two thirds of health and fi tness industry managers hold the minimum level of qualifi cations required to do their job. T e panel also discussed the need for clearer career pathways in the physical activity sector, with better training at all levels to facilitate progression. Meanwhile, a recent survey


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of UK fitness managers carried out by ukactive and published by Central YMCA Qualifi cations found that 55 per cent believed their fellow exercise professionals are under-skilled for delivering social and psychological support to inactive people. Active IQ’s new suite of management and


leadership qualifications includes the first ever Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership. In addition, there will be the launch of the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Management (QCF) and the Active IQ Level


4 NVQ Diploma in Management (QCF). T e qualifications – professionally recognised by CIMSPA – have been designed to help alleviate the shortage of qualifi ed managers as the industry continues to grow apace. “There is an ever-growing demand for


leaders and managers within the industry and our new qualifi cations will certainly help bridge the gap between growth and demand,” said Active IQ commercial director Jenny Patrickson. Details: http://lei.sr?a=K6D8j


PT company to upskill entire workforce


Lifestyle Personal Training (LSF-PT) is bidding to bridge the gap between the fi tness and medical industries by insisting that its team of over 400 PTs are all trained to a minimum standard of Level 4 REPS by January 2015. T e announcement comes


amid a period of intense dis- cussion around ways the physical activity industry can become a credible pub- lic health delivery partner and help tackle the inactiv- ity crisis through exercise referrals prescribed by GPs. By attaining a Level 4


T e entire LSF-PT team across the UK will meet the new standards


REPs qualification, PTs gain ‘specialist’ status, pushing them towards a level of cred- ibility necessary to be at the forefront of public sector initiatives to deal with grow- ing health epidemics. It also enables the PT to engage with the GP community regarding ‘exercise referrals’ and a more specialised service within the wider health community.


18 Read Leisure Opportunities online: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/digital “We want our PTs to be operating at the


highest industry standard available,” said LSF-PT director Andy McGlynn. “Many of the trainers who operate in LSF-PT then go on to study very niche and special- ist areas in order to continue to improve their product offering to their clients.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=r5Q7d


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