Exercise Industry Awards finalists showcase on-job training success

November 20, 2017

Over half of this year's New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards finalists engage with on-job qualifications through Skills Active Aotearoa.

Skills Active is the industry training organisation for sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation and performing arts. The organisation develops nationally-recognised on-job qualifications that provide passionate people with the opportunity to upskill within the workplace.

The Awards, which have been running since 2005, recognise excellence in New Zealand's exercise industry, and acknowledge those who positively impact the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

This year’s finalists include trainees, workplace partners and assessors engaged with Skills Active.

Chief executive Grant Davidson says the number of finalists with links to the organisation is a testament to the effectiveness of on-job training, and reinforces Skills Active as an industry leader.

“When developing qualifications, we work closely with the industry to determine its needs, which means those who engage with our on-job training gain highly-relevant skills and knowledge.”

The 20 award categories cover all corners of the industry, from Supreme Club of the Year, to Small Group Trainer of the Year.

All five finalists in the Chain / Group Facility of the Year category are workplaces that Skills Active engage with to provide on-job training.

Nikki Williams has completed Skills Active certificates in Personal Trainer Level 4 and is currently doing a Skills Active apprenticeship, with the aim of becoming a New Zealand assessor.

Nikki is a finalist in the Group Exercise Instructor of the Year – Own Choreography category. 

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She says she cried when she found out she was a finalist.

“For me, being self-employed, you don’t get performance reviews, people come back to your class, which is massive feedback, but to get it from the industry to say you’re doing a great job, and you’re doing it right, up to the standard we’re looking for – to get that pat on the back is massive for me.”

Throughout her 30-year career in the exercise industry, she has continuously studied to upskill, and currently works as a self-employed group exercise instructor, personal trainer, pilates instructor, and life coach.

With a busy work schedule, plus having a family, she loves the flexible style of learning, and support system that Skills Active qualifications offer.

“There is enough space to do it [the study] in my own time, but there is still the accountability I need to keep moving forward.”

Nikki says the similarity between the finalists is that they are all self-motivated.

“We are go-getters in the industry. We use Skills Active because we can move ourselves forward, and Skills Active supports that.

“If anyone says, ‘How do I get into the fitness industry?’ I always recommend Skills Active.”

The winner of each category will be announced at the annual Exercise Industry Awards Dinner on November 25 in Auckland.

To check out the full list of finalists, click here.


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren
0220 371 012

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation (ITO) for sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation and the performing arts. We promote sport and recreation careers and workforce development, create world-class, nationally-recognised qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.