Each placement will vary due to individual company policies but below is a standard example of the placement process.

1. To improve service provision for disabled people by increasing staff awareness of disability issues.
2. To promote the centre and the benefits of exercise to disabled people in the local community.
3. To increase the number of disabled people using the centre for fitness activities.
4. To improve the InstructAbility student’s skills with clients of all abilities and enhance their employability.


  1. The placement period runs for 12 consecutive weeks, approximately 3 days per week, 6hrs per day. 
  2. Students commence the placement after completing the Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification and working towards the Level 3 Exercise and Disability module.
  3. The placement includes all tasks associated with a gym instructor role for 2 days per week.
  4. 1 day per week is spent on promotional and community outreach activities designed to engage new disabled clients.
  5. The placement is an unpaid voluntary role which students commit to in return for free training and qualification.

1. The Local Project Lead (LPL) discusses placement preferences and options with each student at the start of the programme.
2. The LPL sets up a meeting with the student, General Manager and other relevant staff to discuss the placement.
3. Start date, shift patterns and outreach activities are discussed and a Service Level Agreement is signed between all parties.
4. A named member of centre staff is assigned as a mentor who oversees the placement with other staff supporting on a day to day basis.
5. The student is issued with a staff uniform and undertakes company and role specific induction training.  Student and mentor create a community engagement plan.
6. The student progresses from shadowing, assisting and instructing under supervision with weekly reviews of progress.
7. The student and placement provider complete evaluation forms and monitoring data.
8. At the end of the placement a review meeting is held to discuss the impact of the project and future employment opportunities.
9. The student graduates from the InstructAbility programme and is presented with all certificates. NB Only students who complete the programme receive their qualification certification.

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