The programme, delivered by Sussex Downs College, in partnership with the FIA, SkillsActive, and the Sport and Fitness Employers Group (SAFE), will teach professionals to learn behavioural change techniques and how to motivate inactive audiences.
Many employers have already signed up to be part of the Joint Investment Programme (JIP) and with 1,300 fitness professionals set to benefit, more businesses have the opportunity to be part of the programme to up-skill the sector.
The programme offers employers (and those who are self-employed) match funding on the following courses:
• L2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement
• L3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Older Adults
• L3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for Older Adults
• L2 Award in Community Activation
• L3 Unit - Enabling Individuals to Change Behaviour and Improve Health and Well-being while working as a Health Trainer
• L3 Unit - Customer Service in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
• L3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for Ante and Post Natal Participants
• L3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
• L4 Certificate for the management of lower back pain
David Stalker, CEO, FIA said: “Through this programme, employers will support us to up-skill over 1,300 fitness professionals to be able to introduce a currently inactive audience to physical activity, helping us achieve a more active nation”.
Suki Kalarai, SkillsActive’s CEO said: “This is a great opportunity for employers to ensure their staff are completely up-to-date with their training without breaking the bank. In these straitened economic times training budgets can often be the first thing to be cut so we’re especially pleased to be able help ensure those working in the fitness industry carry on learning.”
Liz Kemp, Project Delivery Coordinator at Sussex Downs College said: “Sussex Downs College is delighted to be working with the FIA and SkillsActive on such a challenging, high profile national project supporting leisure and fitness employers. We are looking forward to, not only managing the network of high quality training providers that will be delivering the qualifications, but also being part of the main steering group and monitoring the impact the project has on improving the physical activity of the nation.”
For more information on the programme visit www.skillsactive.com/jip
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As part of SkillsActive strategy to access appropriate funding on behalf of the sector, a success application was submitted to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Growth and Innovation fund in June 2011. Specifically, SkillsActive applied to the Joint Investment Programme strand of the fund, which matches government funding with that from employers in England to deliver skills in sectors with real business productivity and growth ambitions. The programme provided access to funded training for employers in the playwork and fitness sectors.
While training is currently ongoing for individuals who have been accepted onto the programme, the JIP is now closed for new learners. SkillsActive is working with its partners in the sector to bring new funded training opportunities to individuals and employers and we will post information about these opportunities on this site when available.