I‘ve always been sporty and I’ve taken part in competitive sport since I was quite young. I took PE at GCSE and I swam for the City Of Derby Swimming Club when I was younger. I used to train with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who also went to Derby College.
I was working at Arc on a casual basis when I noticed that the centre was looking for a leisure apprentice so I thought I’d apply. I’ve always wanted to be a fitness instructor and I knew it would be good experience. When I was younger, I wanted to be a personal trainer in the navy, but I always knew I would be a personal trainer somewhere! It always seemed right because I spend most of my time in the gym or doing exercise!
While on my apprenticeship I got my Level 2 in personal training through Derby College and I’m now working towards my Level 3. It’s good to be progressing through different levels of qualifications because I’m always improving and gaining more experience! It’s also good because I’m not stuck in a classroom sitting around, I’m actually doing stuff!
I love the variety that my Job brings, I’m not doing the same thing every day, I work with people of all ages and all abilities.
As part of my apprenticeship, I did a bit of everything including swimming teaching, life guarding and helping on Reception, as well as fitness instruction. I love the variety that my Job brings, I’m not doing the same thing every day, I work with people of all ages and all abilities. Most mornings I have a fitness class that I run and then I help out with other bits in the afternoon. I experience different things every day, not only toddlers and children, but pensioners as well!
I would say I have a high level of responsibility where I work. If I start teaching something wrong, then they could get injured. Like, if someone wants to know how to squat and I tell the wrong thing they could really hurt themselves, which I don’t want to be responsible for! I’ve had people who were blind before, I had to make sure he was safe getting on and off of the equipment, its good working with such variety. I’ve even introduced Pound classes at work, which is a full body cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks. People really enjoy our classes, and not many places round Derby offer that.
Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. I go to Derby College once a week to meet with my tutor, but the rest is independent learning for exams or additional work and things like that.Start your Apprenticeship Journey!