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Recruiting for fitness: qualifications and the challenges of an employer-led system

Lloyd, Caroline ORCID: 2008. Recruiting for fitness: qualifications and the challenges of an employer-led system. Journal of Education and Work 21 (3) , pp. 175-195. 10.1080/13639080802214019

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Current UK skills policy is centred on the need to drive up qualification obtainment and make the system more employer‐led with Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) being given the role of articulating the ‘voice’ of employers. Through a study of recruitment and selection processes in the fitness industry, this paper explores employers’ attitudes to existing qualifications and whether their skill needs are being identified by their SSC. It also considers the broader implications of an employer‐led system. The research is based upon interviews undertaken in 17 gyms, focusing on the occupation of fitness instructor. The findings reveal that managers adopt a wide range of approaches in how they recruit, train and value qualifications in the labour market. Although qualifications in this sector are important, the over‐supply of ‘qualified’ workers means there is little incentive for most employers to tackle low wages or improve opportunities for training and development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: recruitment; qualifications; training; fitness industry; skills
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1363-9080
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:08

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