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Competition celebrates vocational skills

Simon Bartley, chief executive of UK Skills

In a bid to encourage vocational training across the UK, Vocational Training Charitable Trust, Britain’s leading QCA approved body is sponsoring the WorldSkills UK’s first ever National Fitness Instructor Championships to be held at the University of Bath on 7th and 8th June 2008.

The VTCT, which has been providing qualifications in specialist sectors for the past 45 years, will also sponsor areas like Beauty Therapy, Personal Training, Media Make-up and Holistic Therapies in the coming World Skills UK 2008 competitions.

Peter Wren, VTCT chief executive stated:

“VTCT acknowledges the WorldSkills UK’s National Fitness Instructor Championship as an excellent opportunity to celebrate individual excellence in the health and fitness vocational training sector.”

Led by UK Skills, a non profit organisation that champions skills and learning for work through competitions and awards, WorldSkills UK offers a unique opportunity for individuals and businesses to showcase expertise and skills at a national level. Its competitions in over 70 skills areas are free to enter. The National Fitness Instructor Championships aim to motivate young adults to acquire more vocational qualifications and training.

Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills pointed out that technical excellence combined with softer skills such as time management and thinking under pressure are essential in today’s highly competitive economy. Skills Competitions nurture both, helping students, trainees and employees prove their competency and potential for development at work to prospective employers.

Stephen Studd, chief executive of Skills Active, Britain’s Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning, explained:

“The fitness competitions at WorldSkills UK next year will offer competitors the chance to publicly test their skills against others from across the UK. This will present those working in the fitness industry with an excellent opportunity to showcase their skills and the dynamic nature of their work environment.”

Rinku Chatterjee

Registration for the competitions can be submitted online at by 28 February 2008.

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