RNC – providing a sporting chance at a new career

Millie is in the gym standing next to a piece of gym equipment as she leans on it. In the background there are various other pieces of cardio machines and weights.

Millie always liked sport but she never thought she could pursue a career in the fitness industry. Due to personal circumstances Millie has lost her confidence to the point that she did not leave her house as she did not feel safe. However, a few years ago she became a member of a martial arts club which was just the spark she needed to start looking for a job in that field.


After visiting her local job centre, Millie was referred on the SES programme (Specialist Employability Support) and in February 2016 she enrolled with RNC (The Royal National College for the Blind) and began an intensive five month course: NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.


It was not easy at first: “I had no confidence in running the exercise classes; I was so nervous but learning a lot of the theory helped, especially A&P (Anatomy and Physiology) because now I know what I’m talking about, what muscles are worked with different movements, etc. The course is pretty intense but if you put the time and effort in, you can succeed. The Sports Teachers will do everything they can to help you. Part of the course is having a real life case study and being encouraged to regularly talk to clients, along with running the exercise classes – this has really helped me gain my confidence back.”


SES trainees are also given regular support with job searching. “The transitions team are brilliant; they help you all the way. They supported me in setting up my work placement but they also encourage you to do things for yourself. They helped me with all the forms I had to fill in for Working Tax Credit, Access to Work, etc – it was all new to me!”


Now she is nearing the end of her course Millie says “I’ve really enjoyed being here and I’m trying to get as much as I can out of the place before I leave!” She won’t be going too far though, she has a work placement set up at Abi Nim Gym; a Hereford community-based gym located at local VI (visually impaired) association Vision Links. She will be leading on exercise classes such as Pilates and Boxercise, as well as Personal Training and supervising the gym.


Millie will be travelling on the train to get from her home to the gym, with Access to Work funding taxis to and from the station. Before she starts working, she will also have another assessment in the workplace to ensure that things such as assistive technology are provided for her in order to access the computer systems.


Thanks to the SES programme, Millie now has the confidence to enter the workplace in an industry that she loves. “I’m really going to miss RNC, especially the people, but it’s time to move on and I can’t wait to get stuck into work.”


If you are interested in finding out more about what the SES programme has to offer please email our enquiries team at info@rnc.ac.uk or call 01432 376 621.


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