A TyneMet Apprentice who is undertaking an apprenticeship with Active Northumberland has fulfilled one of his biggest dreams -  winning the AOC Regional Personal Trainer Competiton.

The College hosted this years AOC Regional Fitness Competition and Andrew Pearson, 21, from Seghill in Northumberland who studied apprenticeship with TyneMet and Active Northumberland was awarded first position  in the Personal Trainer Competition for the North of England. 

Andrew said: “From an early age, I’ve always had an interest in sport and started out playing ice hockey, motorcross and football at various levels.  I knew that I wanted to coach and begun volunteering in my teens - which really give me a good grounding in what was expected in the future and to begin developing the skills to support my future career. Particpating in the AOC regionals was really exciting and a truly enjoyable experience, it was a very professional atmosphere and I felt prepared for the competition because of my coaching experiences within my apprenticeship at Active Northumberland. I’m now a full-time employee with Active Northumberland – choosing an apprenticeship was the best thing I’ve ever done and I feel I’ve achieved so much all ready.”

Following studying a Level 3 Sports Development (apprenticeship), Andrew then progressed to complete a Level 2 certificate in fitness instruction followed by a Level 3 certificate in Personal Training, all with TyneMet. 

Andrew added: “It was great to meet other up-and-coming personal trainers in the industry and I learnt a lot from the experience. I’m now getting ready for the semi- finals and my dream is to compete on the world skills event. ”

The World Skills Event showcases the value of skills and raises the recognition of skilled proffesionals worldwide and encourages participation from a wide range of trades.

Andrew is one of many apprentices to secure employment with Active Northumberland within Actives gyms as fitness instructors and also as instructors for the clip and climb facility – Northumberlands very first climbing wall leisure concept that combines all the fun of a theme park with climbing.

TyneMet and Active Northumberland’s successful partnership in delivering the Level 3 Diploma in Fitness, Coaching and Leisure Operations has provided apprentices with a unique learning environment and an opportunity to gain the skills, experience and qualifications the leisure industry demands.

Lee Paris, Community Sports Manager at Active Northumberland said: “Without TyneMet's support, Andrew would not have gained the qualifications, knowledge and skills to exceed in the leisure industry.  Andrew's enthusiasm for sport and physical activity rubs off on the young people and adults he works with, he's a real asset to Active Northumberland and more importantly, to the local community.  The support from the staff at Tyne Met has been excellent and I would definitely recommend local organisations to contact them if you are considering employing apprentices in the future.”

For more information and to find out more about enrolling on the Level 3 Diploma in Fitness, Coaching and Leisure Operations in partnership with Active Northumberland, call Tyne Metropolitan College on 0191 229 5000 or email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk