Introduction to Trailblazer

Launched in 2014, Trailblazer is a government-launched scheme comprising a group of representatives tasked with defining and re-shaping the way Apprenticeships are delivered in the Active Leisure sector.

Chaired by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and ukactive, the group comprises representatives from many of the industry’s leading employers including David Lloyd Leisure, Nuffield Health, Everyone Active, Virgin Active and Parkwood Leisure.

Lifetime’s Client Services Director Nigel Wallace, who is heavily involved in the Trailblazer programme, explains why the group is so important to the Active Leisure industry: “Employers within health and fitness draw around £30m funding into the sector to support the training of their staff, and without Trailblazer, this would have stopped.

“The Trailblazer programme is vital in ensuring that training continues in a format that is much more applicable to operators, with re-vamped qualifications that have been designed by employers for employees.”

The Trailblazers submission was led by Places for People Leisure, one of Lifetime Training’s long-standing partners. Sports Development Director Richard Millard is also one of six individuals that make up the Trailblazer project management group.

Later this month, the standards for leisure manager and personal trainer Apprenticeships will be submitted to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and, pending approval, the new Apprenticeships will be launched in August 2015.

“The new standards will be very different from what is currently available; they will be more practical and responsive to industry and employer requirements, benefiting both the employer and employee,” explains Nigel.

“For example, the new PT standard will incorporate modules focused on the teaching of soft skills and business development, two key areas of learning that will significant improve a personal trainer’s offering and consequently, the service delivery for their employer.”

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