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STRONGER MANAGEMENT.

Najoua Chekaya describes how the Level 5 Apprenticeship in Management and Leadership is already influencing her management abilities.

“It takes a fair amount of dedication when you’re working full time, but I tried to incorporate as much as possible of the course into my work, which helped a lot.”

Najoua Chekaya, 29
Regional Manager, Pure Gym

STRONGER MANAGEMENT

As a teenager, Najoua ‘Naj’ Chekaya was fascinated by fitness. Her aunt used to work as an instructor and Naj would help her practise and learn new routines.

This interest stayed with her and she secured a part time job as a cleaner in her local leisure centre to be in the environment she loved. After doing A Levels, Naj worked on reception and then undertook an NVQ Level 3 in Personal Training as well as training in the various skills required to teach classes such as Pilates and Body Pump.

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BOOSTING SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

Now 29, Naj is a Regional Manager for Pure Gym looking after 21 sites across London and Essex. “I line manage the gym managers and support them to run the clubs,” she says.

“I started at Pure Gym in October 2012 as a Gym Manager then I was promoted to Senior Manager and two years ago, Regional Manager. I was encouraged by our Learning and Development team to undertake a Level 5 Apprenticeship in Management and Leadership through Intec Business Colleges and I thought it would be useful in my role and good to have on my CV.”

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ON-THE-JOB LEARNING

Nat has learned to balance work and study: “Carrie, my tutor, and I meet once a month to review my assignments but I undertake most of the study at home.”

“It takes a fair amount of dedication when you’re working full time, but I tried to incorporate as much as possible of the course into my work, which helped a lot. I was lucky enough to be seconded onto the team working on the LA Fitness acquisition which was really interesting and helped with the change management aspect of the qualification.”

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CREATING A FUTURE CAREER PATH

“For my assignments, I needed to undertake research myself as they involved things I’d never considered before. This research was probably the aspect of the learning that I enjoyed the most.”

“The qualification differs because it is much more self-managed, self-motivated. And I think that the advantages of doing an apprenticeship while you’re on the job is that you can apply everything that you’re learning and put it into practice straight away. In five years’ time I see myself ideally looking to take the next step into regional director rather than regional management.”

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