Leaving the armed forces? Fitness is a transferable skill

Most people who join the Army are expected to be at the peak of fitness, particularly if their job involves them being on the front line. This is exactly why ex-Army personnel are suited to careers in the fitness industry – all it requires is re-training that can fit around you and you’re on your way. For the 4,500 army personnel who have been handed their notice this week, this could be just the thing.

Take Barry Hall, an ex-member of the Irish Guard and qualified Personal Trainer, for example:

“As an ex Irish Guard fitness was an everyday part of my infantry life. Taking my skills from the Army and my ambition to consistently be at my peak fitness I knew this would make me an excellent PT.

“People are always looking for the more military-style fitness classes so, as you can imagine, this gives you such a wide variety of options from which to earn an income. Training with Lifetime gives you the opportunity to get qualified whilst adapting to life outside the Army. With Lifetime currently the largest provider in fitness courses you always find yourself bumping into squaddies!”

It’s not just front-line squaddies that can gain from re-training for a career in the fitness industry, army officers are just as likely to follow this career pathway. Having spent 30 years of his life working as a Senior Executive for the Ministry of Defence, Simon Crampin found himself unemployed when, in 2008, he was medically discharged from service as a result of a serious head injury.

As well as dealing with the on-going issues of Post Head Injury Syndrome, being out of work really impacted Simon’s self-esteem and motivation.

Simon realised he needed a new career path to turn his life around and was keen to explore opportunities within the fitness industry for establishing a second career and identified several training options. Simon signed up to a fitness training programme offered by Lifetime Training which proved a great start to his new career in the sector.

Simon said:

“I wanted to retrain to improve my career prospects and get a foothold in to the fitness industry, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Personal Trainer. Lifetime qualifications allowed me to do that perfectly. Although I found the retraining process very demanding, the support I received from my Lifetime tutors was extremely helpful and the knowledge and skills attained during the courses from trainers and other trainees were all invaluable.”

Lifetime is a preferred supplier to the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and an approved learning provider to the Enhanced Learning Credit scheme (ELCAS).

Barry adds:

“Lifetime is flexible, well recognised and ideally suited for the military-minded.”

Depending on your length of service, you will be entitled to funding for your course through ELCAS, which your dedicated Lifetime Course Advisor can help you with. Service leavers and armed forces personnel can call 0870 120 1207 for more details about military resettlement.

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