ReTrain, part of a £2m CIMSPA initiative designed to retool the sport
and physical activity workforce (funded by The National Lottery through
Sport England), has already allocated over £330,000 of funding to more
than 250 employers across England.
Since launching in September, the ReTrain programme has been extremely
popular with employers across the sector, with over 600 training
requests covering nearly 300 sites being made through the online
Over two thirds of training requests in the first 12 weeks were for
aquatic roles and those that support swimming pool operations, such as
assistant swimming teachers, swimming teachers, lifeguards and pool
plant operators. The remaining requests covered a variety of exercise
and fitness roles, including gym, group exercise, strength and
conditioning instructors, personal trainers, health navigators and duty
Employers will be notified over the coming weeks if their initial
applications have received funding, and CIMSPA is now undertaking a
process to match successful applications with training providers.
Training requests already submitted will be continually reviewed and
assessed as the initiative moves forward. All training will be delivered
by accredited CIMSPA Training Provider Partners, 26 of which have so far
registered interest in being part of the ReTrain programme.
Tara Dilllon, CEO, CIMSPA said:
“Being able to inject £2m directly into the sector during this
pandemic has been so important. The money goes right to the heart of our
mission in keeping brilliant employees skilled in their roles and
supporting operators to showcase their greatest assets – their teams.
This remains a people focused sector and it has meant so much to our
partners to be able to do something positive during this very difficult
Colin Huffen, Head of Regulation and Standards , CIMSPA, commented:
“We are delighted with the response to ReTrain from employers and
training providers across the sector in England. There is clearly a
large appetite among employers to train existing and new staff, enabling
them to continue providing vital services to the public and we are proud
to be facilitating this, with the help of Sport England.”
Funding through ReTrain will continue over the coming months and into
the new year, with employer partners of CIMSPA, CLUK and ukactive,
based in England, are invited to continue identifying their skills gaps
and apply to CIMSPA at www.cimspa.co.uk/retrain.