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Sector Skills Council Looks at Working in Fitness in 2006

SkillsActive, and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), have launched the third Working in Fitness survey ““ the largest annual survey of people working in the health and fitness sector in the UK.

SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Sport and Recreation, Health and Fitness, Playwork, The Outdoors and the Caravan industries. Its mission statement is: “To ensure best quality, best business and best value within the Sector to achieve its economic and social potential.”

Further, SkillsActive has a “Shaping the Future” scheme, where it implements four “Ps”- namely, “People: ensuring all people in the sector are appropriately trained and qualified; Productivity: ensuring better performance through the professional development of the sector; Provision: ensuring the sector has accessible, relevant and funded training across the UK and Promotion: ensuring the contributions of the sector are recognised at a governmental level.”

Confidential and Supported

So, the annual Working in Fitness Survey is a confidential survey conducted online and with the support of the SSC, along with like Leisure-net Solutions, the Fitness Industry Association and FitPro, over 1,200 employees working in the industry completed it, last year. The survey will run throughout June and July, with the results and findings being compiled in late August. The results will be printed in the REPs Journal and reported at the SkillsActive / REPs Conventions across the UK in November 2006.

Muriel Bankhead, head of research at SkillsActive, said: “The survey is open to all working in the UK fitness industry. Its really important that as many people take part as possible to get a good representation of jobs in the industry. This is the third year of running the survey and the results will show comparisons of salary levels, job satisfaction and spending on training and development.”

She emphasized greatly on the high levels of confidentiality of the survey, saying: “Those completing the survey can be assured that the results will be totally confidential, and will be analysed anonymously with the results being reported at regional and occupational levels only. No one will be able to identify individual answers.”

As if this is not enough, people completing the survey get a chance to enter a prize draw, where the lucky winner gets a complimentary pass to attend this year’s FitPro Business Conference 2006 at the NEC, Birmingham on 26 and 27 September. The two day conference package is valued at £295.00 and includes an action packed line-up of speakers, presentations and training opportunities. To find out more, please click here.

Sudakshina Mukherjee

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