When Amy Simpson of Normanby completed her personal trainer level 3 training at Middlesbrough College, she really hit the ground running.
For entrepreneur Amy – still just 18 – has already built up her own business, and recently opened her own 2,000sq ft fitness venue in a prime high street location.
Amy’s Middlesbrough College tutor Lyndsey Smith said: “We’re incredibly proud of Amy, and it just goes to show what you can achieve with the right training and the right attitude.
“While Amy was training at the college, she did really well and was nominated to take part in a fitness instructor national competition last year, where she succeeded in gaining fourth place out of the whole country.
“She was also a runner-up in our Student of the Year competition, and assisted with our Skinny Pigs in-college fitness classes.”
After gaining her personal trainer level 3 qualification, Amy worked as a part-time trainer with Everyone Active.
She has also built up her own personal client base for fitness and food plans over the past six months, run local community fitness classes in her former school, Nunthorpe Academy, and led health and well-being classes for her former teachers there.
Now Amy has taken over large premises in Normanby High Street so her clients can come to her.
She said: “I can’t believe how much the business has taken off. The phone is really busy and people are popping in off the street, which is a great feeling.
“I couldn’t have done it all without the experience at Middlesbrough College behind me. My tutors – Lyndsey Smith and Rich Bailey – really encouraged me, and it was working with them that gave me the inspiration to go for it.
“One of the units in my course was about business, and that gave me the knowledge to take the next steps.”
Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive said she was delighted by Amy’s success.
“At the college, we pride ourselves on encouraging a real entrepreneurial spirit in our students and foster close links with local industry and businesses,” she said.
“It’s great that we’ve been able to provide Amy with both the skills and the inspiration to set up a successful business.”