Retrain to Retain job retention scheme to help 25,000 fitness and sports professionals after tough year


By Tom Walker May 19, 2021

Retrain to Retain will be administered by CIMSPA and partners including UK Coaching and EMD UK / England sport

A new job retention program, backed by funding from the National Lottery, has been launched to support fitness and sports professionals in England.

Retrain to Retain is designed to support up to 25,000 fitness and sports coaches who have had to find work outside the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and will prioritize those who work in areas of economic deprivation or support under-represented groups.

Sport England is investing £ 5million in the program, which will provide training, resources and tools to help coaches and fitness professionals get back to work.

It will also provide support to up to 5,000 self-employed or micro-enterprises and over 500 employers to reopen their businesses, reducing the cost of operations and addressing skills shortages by funding training costs. essential.

Retrain to Retain will be administered by CIMSPA and a consortium of partners including UK Coaching and EMD UK.

It will include funding for professional accreditations and insurance, investment in specific training programs and courses, and provide access to a wide range of additional resources such as a ‘workforce support line’. »And a network of skills and employability.

It will also establish an online learning community that will include blogs, podcasts, tips and fact sheets.

Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA, said recycling to conserve will be a major boost for the sport and physical activity workforce, allowing thousands of professionals to stay or return to the sector.

“From athletic coaches and personal trainers to swimming teachers and group exercise instructors, this highly skilled workforce plays a vital role in maintaining the nation’s physical and mental health as we are coming out of COVID-19, ”Dillon said.

About 30 percent of sports and sports coaches are self-employed, with 71 percent having had to find other work to secure an income during the pandemic.

Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth said Retrain to Retain will support a professional workforce who has helped other people be physically active, but who have had to give up their roles due to the pandemic.

“While it has been fantastic to see people embrace the return and reopening of sport and physical activity, we need to make sure that the sport and fitness professionals who do so are supported in every way possible. ”Hollingsworth said.

“This has been an extremely difficult year for this part of our staff, and I am delighted that we can confirm this investment and program as part of our ongoing COVID-19 recovery work.”



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