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SkillsActive is delighted to have announced the approval of a new set of ‘National Occupational Standards’ (NOS) for the fitness industry across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with immediate effect.
 
The new standards have been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and regulatory bodies in each of the four nations of the UK, after direct input from SkillsActive and leading employers in the fitness industry.
 
Ian Taylor, Chief Executive of SkillsActive said:
 
“The development of these robust and rigorous UK-wide occupational standards is the result of widespread employer engagement. I want to put on record my personal thanks to the hard work of the employer members of the ‘Fitness NOS Group’ - 
 
Active Communities
Active Communities, West Belfast
Active Belfast
Aurura Leisure Centre
Antrim Borough Council
Babcock
Ballymoney Borough Council
Banbridge District Council
Belfast City Council
DC Leisure
Everyone Active, SLM Ltd
Falkirk Community Trust
GLL
Nuffield Health
Newport City Council
Newry and Mourne District Council
OCLL
Pembrokeshire County Council
Renfrewshire Leisure
Sport Aberdeen
South Lanarkshire Leisure
Swansea City Council
Virgin active
West Lothian Leisure
Watford YMCA
 
Ian Taylor continued to say:
 
“Employers and professionals can be confident that a set of national occupational standards have been created which will meet the needs of the fitness industry. We, at SkillsActive, however, will remain vigilant over future skill needs. Job roles are continually changing and we need to ensure these are reflected as industry changes. Going forward, we need a ‘fitter workforce for longer working lives’ as the state pension age increases beyond 65.  I firmly believe that ‘skills for wellbeing’ will be seen as just as important as ‘skills for growth’ by the end of the decade.”
 
 
For further information please contact
 
Ian Taylor, Chief Executive, SkillsActive -  Ian.Taylor@skillsactive.com
 
Stuart Turner, Group Director of Standards and Qualifications, SkillsActive - Stuart.Turner@skillsactive.com
 
Notes to the Editor:
 
About SkillsActive 
 
SkillsActive is the Government Licensed Sector Skills Council for the Active Leisure and Learning Industry. SkillsActive is an officially recognised and licensed organisation that sets the best quality standards for skills, offers effective training solutions and facilitates career development in the sport, fitness, outdoors, playwork and caravan industries. Visit www.skillsactive.com for more information.
 
Steering Group Members /Expert Working Group Members
Evolve
FutureFit
GLL
Intelligent Training Systems
Les Mills
Lifetime Training Group Ltd
Middlesex University
Nuffield Health
OCLL
PFE Training
REPs
SkillsActive
Southampton Solent University
University of Bedfordshire
Watford YMCA
YMCA Fit
 
Focus Group Members 
Active Belfast
Active Communities 
Active Communities, West Belfast
Active Stirling
Antrim Borough Council
ASA
Aurura Leisure Centre
Babcock 
Ballymoney Borough Council
Banbridge District Council
Belfast City Council
CCEA
Crown Fitness
DC Leisure
Edinburgh College
EDLeisure & Culture
Everyone Active SLM Ltd
Falkirk Community Trust
Fitness Wales
KA leisure
Newport City Council
Newry and Mourne District Council
Pembrokeshire County Council
Renfrewshire Leisure
South Lanarkshire Leisure
Sport Aberdeen
SQA
SQA/Edinburgh College
Swansea City Council
The energyWise Academy
Train Direct
University of Ulster
Virgin active
West Lothian Leisure