leading fully FCA regulated finance credit scheme to help fund their learning.
“We aim to be leading edge in terms of the quality of person we produce – our students and our employees.“ Employee engagement is a key corporate objective.
The Training Room naturally focuses on students’ entry-level qualifications but also their overall professional approach. It is the only career provider with uniformed academy staff, and a student code of dress, punctuality and politeness. “We professionalise their new career from day one, and include several course aspects that other trainers don’t.“
Known high standards make it easier to place graduates with potential employers, among them long-standing business partners such as David Lloyd Leisure, Fitness First, Virgin Health, or LA Fitness.
Learning quickly and creative thinking are attributes of Davies – vital in his 1990s business operations role with easyJet. “We had seven planes when I started, 150 when I left. I just loved the challenge of doing different things every day. We had a ball in the early years, but then easyJet floated and things changed.
“I was 29, but could see the desk-job I would have in 10 year’s time.“
Davies left, took the skills and knowledge he had learned, and invested his easyJet share capital into a new venture – a gym – which quickly highlighted the need for professionally qualified personal trainers.
Cue the fast-growth easyJet lessons. “In 2006, we had two full-time employees, Hayley and me. We aimed high, made bold decisions, worked hard. We ran a low-cost operation outsourcing everything. In our first year we trained 200 people, now we train thousands.“