Personal Trainer

The role of a Personal Trainer is to coach clients (on a one to one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals.

Through the design and provision of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management, Personal Trainers will motivate clients to positively change their behaviour and improve their overall wellbeing by providing specialist, tailored advice within their scope of practice, while always being aware of when to refer clients to relevant appropriate professionals for specialist information and guidance (e.g. physiotherapist, registered dietician, medical specialist).

A comprehensive understanding of business, finance, sales and marketing is also essential to enable the Personal Trainer to build and retain a stable client base. Personal Trainers are typically employed by a fitness or leisure centre or, once qualified, can be self-employed and should expect to work hours that may include evenings, weekends and public holidays.

Apprenticeship Information

Apprenticeships can play a key role in developing a business and securing success in achieving business targets and goals. When used correctly, an apprenticeship programme can be highly relevant to fill skill gaps for specific roles.

Our delivery model and partnered approach, ensures your business benefits from the apprenticeship programme.

The key roles for a Personal Trainer apprentice are:

  • Planning exercise sessions for clients
  • Taking gym induction
  • Hosting gym based classes
  • Offering healthy eating advice to clients
  • Maintaining a successful gym environment
  • Motivating clients by goal setting and engaging accountability
  • Promoting the gym at possible opportunities to increase memberships

Opportunities for apprentice graduates to progress onto are:

  • Assistant gym manager
  • Gym manager
  • Area gym manager
  • Private studio owner

Apprenticeship Structure

This apprenticeship programme runs in cohorts and have dedicated academic start dates. The apprentice will be required to attend monthly teaching and learning sessions with their dedicated coach for this apprenticeship programme. These teaching and learning sessions are a requirement for the apprentice to learn the needed knowledge, skills and behaviours to develop as a Personal Trainer and to achieve their apprenticeship assessments.

The apprentice will also be required to attend 1 assessment day at the end of the apprenticeship in order to complete their End-Point Assessment.

Breakdown of Apprenticeship Programme

Stage 1 – Induction & Initial Assessments
During this stage, Velocity Academy will complete the apprenticeship on-boarding process with you and your employer. During this, the apprentice will complete an induction to your apprenticeship programme and the apprentice will also complete initial screening assessments for their functional skills.

Stage 2 – Your Learning
During stage 2, the apprentice will receive their tuition attendance dates for their required apprenticeship programme. These tuition dates will be hosted through Velocity Academies Online Live Classrooms and lead by your dedicated programme lead. The apprentice and the employer will also be invited to an apprenticeship review meeting every 6 weeks with their apprenticeship programme lead.

Stage 3 – Mock EPA Activities
As the apprentice gets towards the end of their apprenticeship programme, they will be preparing for their End-Point Assessment (EPA) activities. Consider these as the final summative assessments that will lead to the apprentice achieving their apprenticeship. During this time, the apprentice will be conducting mock assessments with their programme lead.

Stage 4 – End-Point Assessment & Graduation
This is the final stage of the apprenticeship programme. The EPA activities are lead by the awarding body and the apprentice will be allocated an assessor from the awarding body to complete their assessments with. Once the apprentice has completed these assessments and passed them, they would then be ready for graduating from their apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeship Units

These are all Internationally recognised qualifications awarded through Active IQ who are governed by Skills Active. The units within the courses are:

The apprentice will study the following units during the Level 2 Gym Instructor course:

Unit 1– Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
Unit 2– Professionalism and customer care for fitness instructors
Unit 3 – Health and safety in a fitness environment
Unit 4 – Conducting client consultations to support positive behaviour change
Unit 5 – Planning and instructing gym-based exercise

The following units during the Level 3 Personal Trainer course:

Unit 6 – Applied anatomy and physiology for exercise, health and fitness
Unit 7 – The principles of nutrition and their application to exercise and health
Unit 8 – Understanding lifestyle, health, wellbeing and common medical conditions
Unit 9 – Encouraging positive health and fitness behaviours in clients
Unit 10 – Programme design and delivery for personal training
Unit 11 – Professionalism and business acumen for personal trainers

All of the above will achieve the Level 3 Personal Trainer Apprenticeship Standard. 

The apprentice will also complete the following online e-courses too:

  • Velocity Online e-course in Fitness testing assessments
  • Velocity Online e-course in Coaching clients with Diabetes
  • Velocity Online e-course in Advanced Bodyweight Training
  • Velocity Online e-course in Coaching clients with Obesity
  • Velocity Online e-course in Coaching exercise sessions for Older Adults
  • Velocity Online e-course in Becoming an Online Coach
  • Velocity Online e-course in Foam Rolling

Payment Information

Programme Payments

As a Non-Levy employer (SME), you’ll have an annual pay bill of under £3m. Non-Levy paying employers will share the cost of training their apprentices with government – this is called ‘co-investment’; the government pays 95% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training with the employer paying the remaining 5%.

Small, Medium Employer (under £3m annual payroll)

  • £20.00 per learner per month (5% employer contribution *10 months = £200) + VAT
    Small Employer Incentive

The government recognises that smaller employers have historically played a very important role in helping young and disadvantaged people into the workforce. They continue to support small employers to take on younger Apprentices (16-18).
So, for employers with fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the Apprenticeship training costs for these individuals.
£1,000 is available to any employer taking on a 16-18 year old apprentice, or a 19-24 year old with an EHC plan; also available for Levy employers.

Levy Employer (over £3m annual payroll)

  • On Programme: £266.67 per learner per month * 12 months = £4000 (80%)
    End Point Assessment: £800 (20%)
    Total Cost = £4,000
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