THE sport and fitness industry will play a vital role in reducing the level of jobless in Burton as an employer of young people, according to the industry’s skills body SkillsActive.
Although the rate of unemployment is at its lowest since spring 2011, youth unemployment remains a worry with figures from the Office for National Statistics indicating that youth unemployment has risen for the first time since last summer, now at 957,000.
Jean-Ann Marnoch, registrar for the register for exercise professionals, which is part of SkillsActive, said: “Despite the challenges facing the economy in Burton, the sport and active leisure industry is experiencing growth as people try to step up healthy lifestyles. The take-up of personal trainers is increasing 15 per cent year on year. Much of the job creation is going to be among the 16 to 24 age group who make up 30 per cent of the workforce in the sector. And as interest for jobs in our sector increased following the Olympics, now is an ideal time to introduce young people to the active careers.”
SkillsActive has created a programme called ActiveAmbition which engages with employers, gauges their requirements in regards to skills.