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TAFE NSW Newcastle helping locals tap into fitness industry jobs boom

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TAFE NSW Newcastle will play a critical role in training the next generation of local fitness instructors as the Hunter emerges from its COVID-19 hangover.

That’s according to the nation’s peak health and exercise industry association.

The local fitness industry is recovering from the impacts of COVID, with restrictions forcing gyms to close and instructors out of work.

But, the reopening of the economy is triggering a surge in demand for mentors and personal trainers to help motivate and train locals to achieve their health goals.

Australian fitness industry’s peak body AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said an exodus of fitness instructors from the industry during COVID, combined with a flurry of new gym memberships, had created a “perfect storm of opportunity” for those wanting to enter the industry.

“There were a lot of people who left the industry over the past two years,” he stated.

“However, when I speak to our members, they tell me the last three months have broken all records when it comes to new gym memberships for young people.

“Demand for fitness instructors is growing rapidly as a result and gyms are struggling to get qualified staff.

“We see TAFE NSW as an important part in getting quality graduates coming through.”

The federal government’s Job Outlook website says demand for instructors is expected to remain strong over the next five years.

TAFE NSW Newcastle head teacher of fitness Karyn Gardner said TAFE NSW offered students the practical skills, work experience and industry connections to make a running start to their career.

“The industry struggled during COVID-19 but now we’re seeing gyms looking for staff again,” she explained.

“Locals are seeing what’s next.

“They may have started their fitness journey on their own during the pandemic and they’re now looking for industry professionals to help them take the next step.

“It’s an extremely rewarding job and, for many fitness instructors, it really is a calling.

“They live the health and fitness lifestyle and get so much out of it, they want to share that with the community.”

Ms Gardner said the Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) is a six-month course, including units in planning group exercise sessions, developing gym-based exercise programs for individual clients, and providing healthy eating information.

To explore the range of courses available at TAFE NSW and via TAFE Digital, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601 for more information.

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