A group of unemployed Wolverhampton residents have made a major step towards getting jobs in the leisure industry after successfully completing a training programme.

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The Fast Track into WV Active Opportunities 5 week course at the Bert Williams Leisure Centre saw 8 participants gain nationally recognised qualifications for careers as lifeguards or fitness instructors.

They have also signed up with YOO Recruitment for opportunities to work for the council's WV Active leisure centres after gaining practical work experience.

The programme was organised by City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with WV Active, QTT Training, City of Wolverhampton College, the Department for Work & Pensions and Yoo Recruit.

Jay Osborn, a trainee on the programme who achieved both the lifeguard and fitness instructor qualifications, said: "Before joining this programme I had been unemployed for over 12 months and my confidence level was very low.

"The training has been very enjoyable and I have gained nationally recognised qualifications and work experience of working in a leisure centre.

"I am now feeling much more confident and looking forward to securing employment in the leisure industry."

Peter Connelly, Commercial Manager for WV Active, added: "WV Active provides facilities for health and fitness activities across 3 excellent Wolverhampton venues - Central Baths, Bert Williams Leisure Centre and Aldersley Leisure Village.

"We are delighted to have been involved in this programme providing opportunities for unemployed residents at our leisure centres.

"The successful participants can now use this experience to progress further and begin their exciting new careers in the leisure industry."

  • released: Friday 29 April, 2016