PETROC has launched a new graduate scheme to create business opportunities for newly qualified personal trainers and fitness instructors.
Jump Start is designed for former fitness students who have just completed a course at the college and are looking to set up their own personal training or fitness business and develop a client base, but don't have the initial start-up costs and equipment they need.
"The programme provides a low-risk option for our personal trainers, as they will be able to pay on a monthly basis to use our facilities to train up to 10 of their own clients," said programme manager Teresa Davies.
"The only condition is that their personal training clients are members of our gym. Other than that, the former students will have the flexibility to develop their brand and business model, while having the safety net and credibility that comes with being associated with Petroc."
The scheme is also open to fitness instructors, who will be able to use the studio twice a week for classes such as aerobics and pilates, to develop their classes and client base in a safe, well-equipped environment.
The graduate programme will last for one year, after which the students are expected to be at a stage where they naturally progress to running their own personal training business.
Scott Branch, who is running bootcamp sessions through the Jump Start programme, said: "By signing up for the graduate scheme I have avoided a lot of the start-up costs that are required when you go it alone. I think it's a fantastic opportunity for students and I really hope that we get some more on board over the coming months."
Josh Davies, who has just come fifth in his category at the Miami Pro UK Championships, is a personal trainer in the gym.
Josh said: "I've been offering personal training in the gym for four months now and have four clients. The scheme works well for me, as it gives me the independence I wanted from running my own business, but with the support network of college."
For details email t.davies@ petroc.ac.uk.