FIT UK shortlisted for national award

GMLPF member FIT UK Training & Education Ltd has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year category in the Active Training Awards 2016.

FIT UK offer specialist training courses including Apprenticeships for people who want to start and develop careers in the active leisure sector.

The Active Training Awards celebrate exceptional performance and commitment in the physical activity sector, specifically that of vocational education, training and development.

Earlier this year, FIT UK won the Apprenticeships 4 England Small Sub Contractor of the Year Gold Award

FIT UK Scoops Gold!

Local provider FIT UK Training & Education Ltd has scooped a Gold Award from Apprenticeships 4 England.

The GMLPF member was crowned small sub-contractor of the year earlier this month, at a ceremony in London. Competition for the awards was tough, with twice as many entries compared to last year.

Alan Reddin, Director of Business Development at FIT UK, says: ‘It’s a fantastic achievement. The award recognises the hard work that our team puts into impacting careers and lives through the active leisure sector. It also recognises the positive relationships we have with our partners and employers across Merseyside and on a national level.’

The awards body acts as the voice of the annual Apprenticeships Conference, aiming to recognise outstanding achievements in the industry.

GMLPF launch region’s first provider Sports Forum

GMLPF launch region’s first sports provider forum in response to calls for a coordinated approach to training in the sports sector

Developing a Blueprint

The inaugural GMLPF Sports Forum meeting took place last month at Tranmere Rovers’ newly refurbished grounds.

Membership Development Manager at GMLPF, Jo Rymer said:

“The GMLPF Sports Forum has been established to share best practice and to give a collective voice to members regarding the future of training for the fitness and leisure industry in the region.”

Representatives from various training organisations including football academies gathered to begin developing a blueprint for how the forum can operate.


There are several types of end user that the providers want to create a dialogue with. They include potential professional sports people, young people in the NEET group, and anybody who wants to access post-16 education in the sports and leisure industry.

The forming of the group is not just good news for the industry but also anybody looking to take a related qualification, as well as employers wishing to recruit young people in the industry.  Hot topics that came up included how courses could be accredited with UCAS points and the Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme. The member organisations of the Sports Forum also expect that they will be able to refer applicants to each other as appropriate.

Watch This Space

One of the things that the sports providers are particularly passionate about is the wider impact they may be able to have on issues such as obesity and mental health amongst young people  So watch this space for further discussion around these topics.

Further meetings will take place on a quarterly basis.  Progress Sports, Tranmere Rovers academy, Fit UK, JM Education, TVC Wirral & Liverpool, SALT/LFC Academy and the Jamie Carragher Academy all attended the first meeting.

Updates and news on social media will carry the hashtag #GMLPFsports

For further information please contact [email protected]



GMLPF is helping its members target young people on the Wirral this month in Good2Go magazine which is being distributed to pupils in schools. The publication offers advice on careers, exams and education, as well as information on Apprenticeships, Traineeships and other vocational learning.

11 Members Featured

Lots of our members and their students and even former students feature in the GMLPF sponsored pages. A total of 11 GMLPF members were featured across 6 pages.

Alt Valley Community Trust’s pioneering project to help young people to work in the NHS received a full page opposite a Mode success story that tells the story of Sarah Noonan’s journey to becoming a business owner. The spotlight was also on Shannon Sample who started out as a volunteer with disabled young people, progressed to an apprenticeship and was then named Outstanding Learner of The Year at the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards.

More Good News

St Helens Chamber have a spot to explain how they found 25 young people employment in a single week. And Michael John Academy share their good news about success rates among hairdressing and barbering students. Readers will also see a story about the GMLPF-funded #YOLO programme which teaches the art of wellbeing.

Further features cover the successes of Liam at Liverpool Chamber Training; Mark at Knowsley Community College; Hattie at Fit UK; Adam at Progress Sports and tpm hairdressing student Patrick Wilson. There might even be a #GMLPFhero among them!

Get Involved

We are always looking out for news stories from our members so please keep them coming. Editorial and social media support is just one of the benefits our members enjoy. Get in touch with your stories today by emailing our PR team [email protected] or membership enquiries can be sent to [email protected].

Commitment pays off for Hattie

Hattie finds rewarding employment thanks to Traineeships and Apprenticeships training and support from GMLPF member, Fit UK.

22 year old Hattie O’Neill was keen to start a career in the fitness industry, and was referred to Fit UK. They placed her on a 16 week Traineeship in health and fitness which led to a level 2 qualification in fitness instruction, employability skills and job search qualifications, as well as functional skills in maths and English.

Work experience

As part of the Traineeship, Hattie undertook work experience in the health and fitness department at the Toxteth Fit Fire Hub. She really made the most of the opportunity, proving to be a valuable team member, popular with staff and gym members. This lead to the offer of a permanent job at the Hub which Hattie proudly accepted.


Whilst working, Hattie is continuing to develop her skills on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Personal Training with Fit UK.

Lisa Smith who is the Duty Manager and Youth Lead at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub said

“From the start Hattie showed great potential and had a great rapport with our members. She is a very motivated young lady who inspires others to reach their full potential. Due to her commitment and popularity we were pleased to offer Hattie a permanent position facilitating sports activity at our centre. I am very proud to have Hattie join my team as I have no doubt that she will encourage others to follow in her footsteps”.

Fantastic opportunity

Hattie says: “I can’t thank FIT UK enough for putting their faith in me and giving me this fantastic opportunity. I am really enjoying the Advanced Apprenticeship and working at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub. The staff are fantastic and it’s great to be part of the team.”

The Next Step

By joining GMLPF you will benefit from free publicity. We’re always on the look-out for interesting stories about learning and skills to include under the GMLPF banner in magazines, newspapers and on our website.

Knowsley Challenge

In August, we sponsored a double page spread in the Knowsley Challenge paper, entitled ‘The Next Step’, outlining options at 16. Case studies and news were included from a range of GMLPF members including tpm, Mode Training, Fit UK, Myerscough College, St Helens College and Progress Sports.

Educate magazine

The September edition of Educate magazine also saw us putting the spotlight on the activity of members through Mapped Out, and North Liverpool Community College had a dedicated news story about the success of a wellbeing programme ‘You Only Live Once’.

Having your stories in print not only gives you valuable media exposure but also gives your students and staff a boost. So once you’ve joined up make sure to get in touch with our PR team via [email protected]

Great Member Benefits Spur Growth at GMLPF

GMLPF has a clear mission to represent the interests of organisations providing learning and skills services .

We focus on being their voice and, with the ever evolving political landscape, help keep them well informed and ahead of the game. As well as the bigger colleges, many smaller and independent training providers find enormous benefit from GMLPF membership – accessing support and resources that they otherwise may not be able to afford.

Government policy changes

The support we provide spans everything from helping members prepare for Government policy changes such as Apprenticeships Reform, to running workshops on preventing radicalisation among students.

Marketing campaigns

Marketing support is also available to members. During the summer of 2015 we ran a radio advertising campaign on Juice FM aimed at young people and secured a substantial amount of regional editorial coverage – both of which have benefitted members directly.

Mapped Out

One of the most powerful tools we offer is the Mapped Out directory.
Mapped Out is the only regional directory of its kind in the UK. It offers GMLPF members the ability to list all their training opportunities in a single place, searchable by their entire audience in one fell swoop.

Rachel Bertenshaw, is General Manager at Mercia Training, a long standing member of GMLPF. Rachel says: ’Mercia has felt the benefits of GMLPF training for a number of years, most recently when we attended the workshop on radicalisation. We were aware that we had a new legal requirement to extend our safeguarding of students but it’s always a challenge to know where to start. That’s where GMLPF stepped in.

We attended the workshop and discussed with other members what best practice could be. Ultimately this means that we’re providing the best service possible for our students so the GMLPF membership cost is very modest compared to the benefits.’

Latest members

Training providers that have recently joined up include Fit UK, Hit Training, North West Education and Training, Now Skills, Street League and The Military Preparation College.

10 benefits of GMLPF membership

As well as inclusion in Mapped Out – GMLPF’s unique online directory of Apprenticeships and other provision for 16 to 18 year olds – here are ten other benefits of membership:

1. Networking events with other members

2. Regular updates on national, regional and local issues that affect you

3. A central point of contact and support for learning providers

4. GMLPF lobbying activity gives you a voice that’s heard by decision makers

5. Links to industry networks and professional bodies

6. Collaboration and sharing of best practice with other learning providers

7. Subsidised training sessions

8. Participation in GMLPF marketing campaigns targeting young people, employers and schools

9. Consultations on issues such as quality and funding

10. Inclusion on GMLPF’s digital channels including the website and social media and benefit from our PR team’s activity

To discuss joining GMLPF, get in touch today:

E: [email protected]
T: 0151 707 8775