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21 Nov 2017
Report highlights workforce challenges for employers in physical activity sector

A third of fitness professionals are considering or have considered leaving the physical activity sector, an industry report is set to reveal.

Lifetime Training and ukactive spoke to 300 current and former fitness professionals in the UK to learn about their experiences.

The findings will show that 45 per cent of those who left their job in the sector moved to work in another industry. The reasons most often cited included a lack of clear career progression; unmet expectations of the job role; workplace culture; and few training or development opportunities.

The report, set to be released in full at the Active Training Conference 2017 next week, focuses on workforce challenges for companies – exploring the limitations to staff retention and how physical activity companies can create supportive environments to attract and retain talent.

The conference takes place on 30 November 2017 at The Hilton in Reading, where findings from the report will be discussed in detail, including how to develop a plan that helps reduce staff turnover.

More than 200 leaders from the profession will learn about the pressing issues in the skills agenda, with panel discussions on how technology will impact the exercise professional, the secret to successfully investing in people and navigating fast-changing policy.

“This report asks what more we can do to keep the brightest and best within our sector – helping to create a truly world-class workforce,” said ukactive CEO Steven Ward.

Matt Robinson, operations director – active leisure at Lifetime Training, added: “The past three years have seen a real shift in focus with the onset of new products and technology. However, things are coming full circle and people have become paramount once again. The key to a successful business strategy is the people who interact with customers day in and day out.

“A realisation has set in with business owners that we need strong customer service and the right people equipped with the right skills to drive change and better business performance. Developing and keeping these people is critical, particularly with the increased investment in the skills agenda brought about by the apprenticeship levy and the sector’s backing of CIMSPA to progress a proper model of occupational development.”

The conference will include keynote speeches ex-footballer Dougie Freedman and former NBA star John Amaechi, as well as talks from Public Health England's national lead for adult health, Dr Justin Varney, and Sport England's head of workforce, Caroline Fraser.

The event concludes with the Active Training Awards, which will be hosted by former elite sprinters Darren Campbell and Katharine Merry.

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15 Mar 2018
Jeff Kohl to receive ISPA Dedicated Contributor award
The International Spa Association (ISPA) will present Jeff Kohl, former chief operating officer of Spa & Club Ideations, with the 2018 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, US, set to take place 24-26 September.
13 Mar 2018
Wellness professionals gather for inaugural Women in Wellness Leadership Conference
On 6 March, two days before International Women’s Day, 230 wellness professionals from across the USA and beyond convened in New York City for the first-ever Women in Wellness Leadership Conference presented by American Spa magazine.
08 Mar 2018
RKF debuts luxury linen line with Paris fashion show
RKF Luxury Linen has debuted its new collection of high-end luxury linen wear with a fashion show in Paris.
08 Mar 2018
Attendances for women’s elite sport events set to break 500,000 barrier for first time
Women’s sport has never been more popular, as the number of spectators attending elite events in the UK is set to break the half-million barrier for the first time this year.
07 Mar 2018
Details confirmed for first ever FIBO USA event
Reed Exhibitions has confirmed the dates and venue for the first ever FIBO USA fitness trade show later this year.
02 Mar 2018
Global head of Miraval unveils plans for growth
Hyatt has plans to grow both Miraval and Exhale following its recent acquisition of the two wellness brands, with the hospitality giant investing another US$100m in Miraval by the end of this year, according to Marc Ellin, global head of Miraval Group, who spoke at the World Spa and Wellness Convention in London earlier this week.
01 Mar 2018
Matt Roberts reveals details of spa and fitness partnership at The Langley
London-based fitness entrepreneur, author and personal trainer Matt Roberts has called for a greater integration of spa and fitness in today’s holistic wellness space.
26 Feb 2018
Programme of speakers revealed for boutique fitness event Sweat
Daniel Macaulay, CEO of sports marketing group Brandwave, has been revealed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Sweat event, taking place on 8 March.
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