Meet our case studies

All of our case studies have their own stories to tell on their personal goals and achievements, take a look at them here...
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Apprentice

Patrick James

Having completing my A-levels, I left secondary school with good grades and decided to further my education by attending university. However after completing a year and a half of my course I realised that university was no longer for me, and I no longer had the ambition to persevere with this form of education. I therefore decided to leave university and explore other opportunities.

After working in two menial jobs to earn money I started to worry about my future career prospects and whether leaving university was actually the right idea. Nevertheless I stuck by my decision and started voluntary coaching for Newport City Council. After a successful summer placement as a play worker I believed that coaching/working with children was something I was passionate about and something I wanted to do in the future.

A few months after volunteering and securing a part time role as a casual coach for the council, I heard about an apprenticeship opportunity at MPCT which would benefit me with future employment prospects. Soon after, I started the apprenticeship at Underwood Leisure Centre as a part of my Level 2 in Fitness instructing (Gym-based exercise), a course that would have been highly costly for me if I hadn't attended the apprenticeship scheme. 

During my training I heard about another upcoming apprenticeship scheme within the WRU. This was something that was of high interest to me as not only am I a keen coach, I am also extremely passionate about rugby and the opportunity to bring the two together was something I simply couldn't turn down.

So after some really helpful advice and preparation work about the interview for the role, I was lucky enough to be successful with my process and obtained the position. 

Having secured the role as an apprentice within the WRU I gained vast amounts of knowledge and experience working as an active member of the team, and being able to shadow existing full time employees. This is something I believe you can't do as a basic community coach, and is something that benefited me greatly as I continued my development. Working as an apprentice I was involved in activities such as the WRU junior/little stars programmes, the street stars projects in community first areas, as well as working with primary and secondary schools to improve participation levels in the game of rugby. 

Six months into my apprenticeship there was an opportunity for me to apply for a full time vacancy. The application process was a hard and daunting challenge but with the support given to me from MPCT I was successful in my application and begin my role as a full time Participation Youth Officer on 16 September 2013. 

Gaining this apprenticeship has been highly beneficial to me and is something I would advise to anyone looking to brighten their career prospects. It is something that better suited my lifestyle as it was more practical than being taught in front of a whiteboard. Having realised that mainstream education was no longer for me I am extremely lucky and privileged to have found the apprenticeship programme with the MPCT, and couldn't thank them enough for the help they have provided me with my CV, interview techniques and opportunities to gain qualifications.

I would recommend the course to anyone!

 

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Apprentice

Jon Shorland

Employer

Train Insane

Job Role

PT & Group Instructor

Qualifications gained from MPCT

Level 2 Instructing Exercise and Fitness Diploma
Level 3 Personal Training Certificate

Tell us what you like most about the training you have received

"Working with MPCT has benefited me greatly, I have been able to expand my client portfolio and develop new fitness classes to work with members of the public. The instructors were very knowledge and supported me all the way through my qualification. I would highly recommend the course to anybody looking to progress in the fitness industry."

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Apprentice

Ajay Sharma

Employer

Fit 4 Function

Job Role

Class Instructor

Qualifications gained from MPCT

Level 2 Instructing Exercise and Fitness Diploma
Level 3 Personal Training Certificate

Tell us what you like most about the training you have received

"The week’s course was very informative and was great to meet like minded people. All staff are very knowledgeable and their teaching methods are engaging. Most importantly the qualifications are well recognised and the staff are up to date with fitness trends meaning they can support you to get the best start in the industry."

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Apprentice

Cari-an Roberts

Employer

Ultimate Physique by Kate Austin

Job Role

Caz has gone from being a lifeguard and swimming instructor to being a very qualified and competent gym and class instructor. She is now a Duty Manager at Ultimate Physique by Kate Austin and takes most of the Exercise and Fitness classes there that include Aerobics, Circuits, Rikashake and Rikashot  classes for kids. Caz is now a Rikashake franchise owner and is highly regarded in this area of fitness. Caz’s classes are very popular, particularly with women and have featured on the BBC1 Wales TV programme ‘Young, Welsh and Skint’.  

Caz’s favourite fitness quote: “You’ve got this…less slacking, more attacking”

Qualifications gained from MPCT

Level 2 Instructing Exercise and Fitness Certificate
Level 2 NVQ Diploma Instructing Exercise and Fitness
Level 2 Award Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
Level 1 Application of Number and Communication Skills
Currently doing the Level 3 Personal Training Apprenticeship Programme at MPCT

Tell us what you like most about the training you have received

“MPCT offer great courses that are really enjoyable. I loved the Level 2 Exercise and Fitness course I attended. It was great fun, really informative and I met a great bunch of people. The instructors are really knowledgeable and are great at making the sessions fun and practical. I would recommend doing MPCT Exercise and Fitness course s to anyone wanting to progress within the industry.”

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Apprentice

Harriet Leek

Employer

Torfaen Country Borough Council - Sport Development

Job Role

Harriet has gone from being a lifeguard, swimming teacher and gum instructor to working full time as an Active Young People Officer for T.C.B.C Sport Development department. Harriet is based at Croesyceiliog School and West Monmouth Comprehensive School taking lunchtime and after school clubs in a variety of sports and also focuses on coaching rugby and ‘girls’ only fitness classes at both of the schools.  Harriet also coaches netball and is currently coaching Pontypool Dragons Under 15s and is an assistant coach with the South East Wales Development hub team where she also runs the teams fitness sessions.

Qualifications gained from MPCT

Level 2 Instructing Exercise and Fitness Certificate
Level 2 NVQ Diploma Instructing Exercise and Fitness
Level 2 Award Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
Level 1 Application of Number and Communication Skills
Level 3 Personal Training Certificate
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Personal Training
Level 3 Award Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
Level 2 Application of Number and Communication Skills

Tell us what you like most about the training you have received

“I love the fact that learning is done practically. I am a hands on person so it is great that I was able to learn by ‘doing’.  I particularly enjoyed the vocational courses, I learned so much, they were really fun and the instructors were very helpful…they were great.”