Discovery Learning sent in the following case study to Civvy Street to help explain what they can offer today’s Service-leavers.

Name: Graham Pardew

Course Title: Master Personal Trainer Diploma (Special Populations).

Training Provider: Discovery Learning

Can you tell us a little about your Military background (what outfit,tours, highpoints etc)?

I have been in the Armed Forces for over 30 years and am due to retire in October 2012. My main highlights were receiving best graduate at the end of my Royal Signals two year apprenticeship, being successful on my Yeoman of Signals course, and most importantly being commissioned as an Officer. I have enjoyed the numerous challenges and rewards of serving on arduous operational tours in the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

When you entered resettlement did you have a fixed idea of what you wanted to do when you left the Military?

Yes, I was clear that I wanted to do something that I enjoyed rather than sticking with communications, as I had throughout my time in the Army. Having been an athlete and enjoyed team sports and physical fitness all of my life, my aim was to become qualified and get employed in this area when I left the Armed Services.

Where did you find information about the different ELC scheme and the courses you could complete?

The ELC scheme is well advertised within the Armed Forces and the Personal Trainer course was clearly detailed in the course listing.

What attracted you to the course you have just completed?

My daughter had already completed the Level 3 PT course and recommended Discovery Learning to me. The main attraction was the depth of detail available that I’d need to obtain the necessary knowledge that I was lacking (eg: anatomy and physiology). The high standard of instruction and value for money were excellent.

What did the course involve and did you enjoy it?

The course involved both theory and practical, commencing with Gym Instruction Level 2, then personal training, ending with a 1 week module of GP Exercise Referral Module. I really enjoyed the course, because I was able to learn so much in a very short timeframe. The content of the course was ‘spot on’, and the professionalism and standard of the instructors was very high indeed. The instructors were able to explain the course to a wide variety of students. I most certainly left at the end of the course feeling fully qualified, and

What was your favourite aspect of the course?

Although I really enjoyed the practical sessions, which I found more interesting (and enabled me to receive knowledge and skills from a variety of other students), my favourite aspect of the course was gaining knowledge of the ‘science’ behind exercise, fitness and
nutrition. This significantly improved my confidence of being able to deliver safe and effective physical exercise and answer any questions from clients at a satisfactory level.

How do you see this course benefiting you in your career development?

I aim to use my skills and qualifications in a local gym, to conduct personal training and establish a GP Exercise Referral Scheme in the vicinity of where I live.

Where do you see your career going in five years’ time?

I aim to establish my own fitness centre on my own or through a franchise. I plan to provide a facility for a wider range of clients, concentrating on specialist groups and those requiring exercise and fitness to improve their health.


Leading British car body repair brand ChipsAway, continues its global expansion, with the opening of its first middle-eastern franchise in Saudi Arabia.

ChipsAway, one of the world’s largest car repair networks, has announced its expansion into the Middle East with the opening of a master franchise in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The expansion marks the next step for the British business, which currently has 300 franchisees in the UK and also has a growing network of international master franchisors across the globe. Continue reading “Leading British car body repair brand ChipsAway, continues its global expansion, with the opening of its first middle-eastern franchise in Saudi Arabia.”

Augural Vessel Protection Officers Course Complete

Last week the very first candidates completed their two week training for maritime vessel protection.

The unique ELC eligible course, run by international maritime and offshore industry risk consultants Eos Risk Management 1, consists of two weeks intensive content on Ship Security, Company Security, Port Facility Security, 4 module STCW 95, Maritime Security Risk Management, CHF Radio Operations and Weapon System Management.

Classroom seminars and exercises were mixed up with hands on weapon management and life raft operation to ensure strategic thinking and practical skills were understood.

“The situation with piracy, particularly in the waters surrounding the Horn of Africa, is very serious and costs our global economy billons in lost time, cargo, insurance and counter measures every year,” explains David Johnson, Eos Risk Managing Director.

“We spent many months planning the content of this course from our own vessel protection experience as a benchmark for the maritime protection industry.”

The course has been designed to meet the requirements laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) with regards to the selection of Private Security Personnel looking to provide armed maritime anti-piracy security services.

Highly qualified course instructors were able to bring their practical anti-piracy experience in delivering counter measures in high risk waters to the 17 course candidates.

In additional to professional training Eos provide consultancy and armed teams for protective vessel security and anti-piracy, specialist maritime security systems, threat intelligence, vulnerability surveys & risk assessments, asset hardening consultancy and full
project management, physical protection, recruitment and manpower services, and ISPS compliance.

With a turnover exceeding £10 million, Eos is continually developing their training offering for ex-military and maritime personnel and in the summer will be launching a brand new training facility with real life simulator scenarios. As a consequence over 1000 candidates choose to learn with Eos each year.

The next course commences on 11th June, interested parties can secure their place online at