When Joel started his apprenticeship with us he was shy, lacked confidence and like most 17 years olds, was unsure about what he wanted to do with his future.
A year on, he has made great progress. His confidence has grown significantly and he has established himself as a key part of the Pure Fitness staff.
We are very proud of how far he has come over the last 12 months and wish him the best of luck for the future.
1. How did you find out about the apprenticeship at Pure Fitness?
I started at Pure Fitness in January 2016, just after I had dropped out of sixth form. My original plan was to start in September at Kirklees college to do a business course but in the meantime I decided to check out the GOV.co.uk website to look for jobs/apprenticeships and found this one for Pure Fitness and I applied straight away.
2. How are you finding the course with Lifetime Training?
They have a different style of teaching than what I am used to from my school days, but overall I am learning a lot and it’s really good that they can come to the workplace to sort out my coursework rather than me having to go to college once or twice a week.
3. How much have you learned from doing the Level 2 NVQ so far?
When I started at Pure Fitness, my knowledge of the fitness industry was limited. I messed around too much at school and so didn’t achieve my full potential. The advantage of doing this course is that I’m doing it on my own so there is no opportunity to be distracted and in the process, my knowledge of fitness has increased massively.
4. What have you gained so far from your apprenticeship at Pure Fitness?
My subject knowledge of the fitness world has been the biggest gain. Also working with everyone at Pure Fitness has been such a positive influence on me. The personal trainers all have different qualities and I feel as though I’m learning new things from them on a daily basis.
5. What part of working at Pure Fitness do you enjoy the most?
I think for me, it’s the classes. I remember the first class I did, nearly a year ago. I was so shy I could barely string two words together. I’d like to believe my confidence has also grown massively, and I’d like to thank Pure Fitness for that.
6. What class do you enjoying teaching the most? And why?
LBT has to be up there. When I first walked into this class I was so nervous that I couldn’t even demonstrate an exercise. Now I feel confident enough to walk into the room and crack a few jokes with the members. It’s a lot of fun and there’s a great atmosphere.
7. What sports do you take part in outside of work?
I only really focus on football, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have the dream of being a premier league footballer! But oh well, Sunday league is just as good! I played last season for an under 17’s team and we won the league. This season I took the step up to open age. It’s a big transition, but I’m working hard and the goals are coming!
8. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to anyone?
Absolutely, even if you are unsure of what job you are wanting. When I got this apprenticeship I was wanting a job involving business as that was my favourite subject at school. But from the moment I started this apprenticeship I knew that the Fitness Industry was the place I wanted to be.
9. With fitness professionals being very active on social media is there anyone you follow? And why?
Not anyone I follow and pay close attention to. But I do watch some fitness videos on YouTube just for extra ideas to input in to my training. But to be honest all the information I get is from the staff at Pure Fitness so I don’t feel as though I need to get any extra ideas from social media.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still at Pure Fitness, as a qualified personal trainer with lots of clients! This is where I dream to be and I am willing to put in the hard work to get there.