A partnership between New College Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) has resulted in six Fitness, Health and Exercise students gaining employment in the fitness industry.
HND Sports students Robert Hay, Ross Wilson, Nicholas Small and Morgan Haggerty will take up post as Personal Trainers in the Aquatec in Motherwell, while classmate John Barry Jamieson will be based in Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. HNC student Melissa Deans has also been employed as a Gym Instructor at Airdrie Sports Centre.
Their success comes after gaining practical work experience at NLL centres in conjunction with their course at the Motherwell campus, ensuring theoretical knowledge is then applied in a practical setting.
Students on the HNC and HND Sport and Fitness courses have the opportunity to visit NLL venues and work on the gym floor including delivering gym inductions and create client programmes, embedding theory from the classroom.
Mark Gunning, Sports and Fitness Lecturer at the Motherwell Campus, said: “Over the last few years, we have built up a great working relationship with NLL to allow our students to put theory into practice within a real life working setting.
“This gives the students invaluable experience in working with a wide range of clients in a commercial setting – which benefits their learning so much.
“The partnership has allowed gym managers to have first-hand experience and see how our students train clients and build rapport. They see value in our HND programme at New College Lanarkshire, and this is evident in the fact that so many of our HND Fitness students gained employment from one interview selection.
“I’d like to thank NLL for giving the students this opportunity and congratulate the six who have an exciting career in fitness ahead of them!”
Nichola McLachlan, Health and Fitness Development Manager at NLL, said: “We are delighted to welcome the students as new North Lanarkshire Leisure employees. Having this partnership with the College has allowed significant progress to be achieved in both students ability in interviews but also key skills to be achieved before employment.
“This relationship between NLL and NCL establishes a clear path between learning and employment and takes a huge step forward in maintaining and progressing talent within the health and fitness industry.
"We look forward to continuing to build on this relationship and feed more students into our very exciting health and fitness department.”