South Devon College has a diverse set of courses and qualifications you can pursue to drive a change to any career.
One particular industry showing higher demand is sports and fitness and one mother-of-two and former landlady has taken full advantage of that.
Leanne Byrne, 39, was once the landlady of The Snooty Fox in Torquay but she is now running her own fitness sessions and helping others achieve their goals, all after training with South Devon College.
With Covid-19 restrictions in place, more and more people are turning to personal trainers to help maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst gyms are closed.
This trend is expected to continue long into the future to minimise contact with larger groups of people when exercising.
So, if you’re into sports and fitness, why can’t that personal trainer be you?
At South Devon College, you can train to be a personal trainer and fitness instructor with a range of courses led by Simon Holden, who also has his own personal training business. Simon has guided many into successful careers in sports and fitness.
One of those students is Leanne who has recently completed her Level 3 qualification after wanting a career change.
Former landlady Leanne reluctantly made the decision to close the pub in October 2019. This resulted from a drop in profits due to having to stop putting on live music as apartments were built above the venue.
Leanne had always enjoyed keeping fit and healthy and knew that was the direction she wanted to take her career in next.
She said: “I loved being active before I took this leap and now I have a new found love for all things fitness and health.
“I’m pleased to say I passed my Level 3 Personal Trainer course. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my tutor Simon Holden and the staff at South Devon College; Niall Thompson, Teri Lyn Embley and Lynn Stephens.
“I am now excited for the future and what it will bring!”
Simon Holden is a fitness lecturer at the college and has more than ten years experience in the industry with qualifications in a wide range of sports.
He said: “My advice to anyone looking to join the fitness industry would be to look at the bigger, over-arching qualification you want to go for.
“Then look at the smaller strings you can add to your bow with extra qualifications because they are ultimately what’s going to make you more rounded, more employable and ready to hit the ground running. Good luck everyone and I hope to see you on our future courses.”
How is the course funded?
If you’re thinking about returning to education, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan.
These loans help you to pay the fees charged by colleges and training organisations. The Advanced Learner Loan is a Government-funded loan to help adult students.
It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.
Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed. You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £25,725 a year.
Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
You may also qualify for bursary support depending on your household income. This could help fund your course equipment costs, travel costs, childcare fees and IT equipment that would ensure you’re ready for studying remotely if you need to.
More information about funding can be found on the website, here.
If you think that can be you, visit southdevon.ac.uk where you can find all of the courses on offer.
If you have any questions, get in touch by calling 08000 380 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.