My Career Journey at Lifetime Training by Matthew Summerbell
My journey to becoming a Regional Trainer began as a learner. I completed my Fitness Level 2 & Level 3 qualifications with Lifetime and then continued onto my Level 2 & Level 3 management qualifications with the same trainer. It was my Regional Trainer that inspired me to work within the role. Being able to see how I had progressed encouraged me to help others follow a similar route.
I spoke to my Regional Trainer at the time asking about the role and how to progress into the industry. Speaking to my Regional Trainer it became evident that this role was the one for me; meeting new people, travelling around the local area and helping people progress and achieve milestones in their life really appealed to me. Shortly after this discussion a vacancy came up and my Regional Trainer put me forward for an interview and I was offered the job.
Entering the role as an unqualified assessor, being in a new role, new people and unfamiliar processes was a bit daunting. However, the on-boarding and induction were really good and the support staff were excellent, so I quickly settled in to the company and my role.
The support I had in the first 6 months of my new role was second-to-none, between my manager and my IQA I had all the support I needed to understand the role and complete my Assessing qualification.
Since completing that qualification, Lifetime have actively supported my development; progressing me through teaching qualifications and giving me exposure to different aspects of the company.
In my previous roles I had been working in gyms and health clubs; waking up and working in the same place each day quickly became boring. The Regional Trainer role gives you the opportunity to make sure every day is different, which for me is one of the most beneficial aspects of the role.
Whilst the working environments and flexibility of the role are great, the best feature has to be the learners. Being able to support learners, teach them new things and watch them grow in their career is the most reward aspect of the role.
Moving out of my previous role and progressing into a Regional Trainer was the best decision I have made and almost three years on I have now moved up in to an Area Manager position where I will be the one supporting the Regional Trainers and bringing on board new team members.
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