AIPT Offers Indigenous PT Scholarships

The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers Closing the Gap with Indigenous Personal Training Scholarships

With approximately three in five Indigenous Australians aged 18 and over (62%) reporting no or low-level physical activity and two-thirds of (66%) of Indigenous people aged 15 and over are overweight or obese in 2012-2013, the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers is seeking to address this by offering two personal training scholarships to a male and female from the Indigenous community who can use their qualifications to address the health issues prevalent in their communities.

With applications now open until Friday, 13 March 2015, the scholarships will provide each recipient with free tuition in the Certificate IV in Fitness – Complete Personal Trainer enabling them to kick-start their careers in personal training and utilise their knowledge to assist with encouraging physical activity in their communities.

Established to empower Indigenous Australians with the much-needed health and fitness knowledge and skills to help address the chronic health and socio-economic issues affecting the Indigenous community, the scholarship winners will be educated in anatomy and physiology, designing and delivering gym and exercise programs for special populations, health assessment and screening, client motivation and quality service, occupational health and safety, risk management and business essentials including marketing.

Scholarship winners will be selected based on their passion and dedication to health and fitness as well as using their acquired knowledge to positively give back to their Indigenous community.

Their fitness industry recognised qualifications will enable their employment options to grow beyond traditional personal training and into the possibility of setting up their own businesses with a focus on special populations varying from children, new mothers, the aged and corporate environments.

Each of the scholarship recipients will be extensively supported with course materials and teaching resources, as well as being able to gain experience in a real gym environment, learning how to work with clients.

“At the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers we are committed to ensuring that the Indigenous community has accessibility to the very best in health and fitness and is the reason we continue to offer these two scholarships each year.  With statistics around the Indigenous community demonstrating low levels of physical activity and a high degree of overweight and obese people, it is important that we, as a leading fitness education organisation, contribute to addressing the issue.  Our previous recipients have gone on to become highly qualified personal trainers that are making significant improvements in their communities and we look forward to awarding two new scholarship winners this year that will go on to do the same” said Adam Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Personal Trainers.

With over 100 campuses and 250 mentors across multiple locations in every capital city and many regional centres as well as being aligned to many of Australia’s leading fitness chains including Goodlife Health Clubs, Fitness First, Genesis Fitness Clubs, Anytime Fitness, Snap Fitness, YMCA and over 60 independent operators, the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers has the largest network of fitness professionals and employers delivering education in Australia. They are committed to delivering fitness educational excellence and are a Registered Training Organisation.

The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers boasts a greater than 75% graduation rate for fitness qualifications that is driven by strong student support and a hands-on approach plus up to 80% of students begin their career following graduation.

The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers delivers Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Diploma of Fitness, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Business Administration, Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of HR Management, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Practice Management, Diploma of Work, Health and Safety, Certificate IV Training & Assessment.

The Diploma level qualifications are eligible for VET FEE-HELP assistance. For scholarship information use the below form to enquire.

* Sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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