Not enough jobseekers in the Goldfields are giving the fitness industry the credit it deserves as a secure, rewarding and lucrative career path.
That is the view of Central Regional TAFE Kalgoorlie Campus lecturer Claire Baumgarten, who says attracting students to the Certificate III in Fitness had proved challenging since the education provider resumed offering the course last year.
Mrs Baumgarten said demand for gym instructors and personal trainers was always high in Kalgoorlie-Boulder but the course was yet to regain its former popularity.
“There is a big need for both instructors and personal trainers at present in Kalgoorlie. I know of at least three gyms which are really struggling to get staff. There is not enough out there.
“Also nationally as well, it is a very good industry to get into if you are wanting work.
“We only started running the course again in August last year, after having a bit of a break because of the change in the qualification, and we had to update our course to suit the new needs.
“We have been struggling to get the message out there, that it is back up and running.
“It was quite popular back in the day, so we are trying to get the message out again that it is up and going.”
Mrs Baumgarten said the industry was secure and rewarding and the best way to learn was face to face.
“To get into a Cert. III there is no prerequisite, apart from being 18 or turning 18 soon, then you do have a set job at the end of it. We won’t guarantee that you get work but there is work available,” she said. “Obviously if you go on to do a Cert. IV and become a personal trainer you have a whole range of options and types of ways you can do that, too.
“You can get work nationwide, and then from there if you still wanted to do further study from your Cert. IV, you can go into university as well.
“We feel doing the course face to face is the best way for people to practise before they are assessed and to really cement the knowledge that they need to know.”