Karen Hanly, owner of Warehouse Fitness Ladies Only Gym tells us how with the help of training provider Focus Training her in-house training proved cost-effective and helped her deliver training opportunities to a whole new audience.
Up skilling your staff can be expensive but add on travel costs and, in some cases, overnight accommodation, and the bill goes up considerably. In Karen’s case, as her gym in based in the Isle of Man, travelling expenses can easily double the overall cost.
Karen wanted to recruit a Level 2 qualified instructor to teach at the Douglas based gym and whilst there were plenty of applications, she was disappointed to find that none had the necessary qualification.
Her initial solution was that she would do it herself, become a qualified instructor so she could further increase the variety of classes available to her members. Karen’s starting point was to talk to Focus Training, one of the UK’s leading providers of fitness training however, when she factored in the cost of getting to the mainland to attend the necessary courses, Karen decided she needed to think outside the box.
Karen and Focus worked together and agreed to bring the training to the Isle of Man by using the facilities at the Warehouse Gym. Karen was also able to access support funding through an IOM grant. The idea proved very popular and a total of 13 students attended the first, highly successful Level 2 Gym Instructor and Spin Instructor courses.
Karen comments, “By bringing Focus Training to our facility to run their courses, not only did it reduce the cost for me personally, it also opened up the training possibility to others. Our island is committed to reducing obesity levels, especially in our young people, and we need more qualified fitness professionals to help us achieve our objectives. We are already planning further training programmes with Focus.”
Mike Watts, the Focus Training tutor who delivered the courses said: “We have the resources to deliver in-house, bespoke courses anywhere in the UK. At any venue where there are 5 or more students requiring training, it is usually a far more cost effective for us to go to the client facilities.”
For further information on in-house training call the corporate team at Focus on 01204 388330 or visit www.focus-training.co.uk