FAQs for employers


What training is available?
All training provided through ReTrain will be delivered by accredited CIMSPA Training Provider Partners and will result in CIMSPA endorsed qualifications for the individual.

The focus will be on funding courses that lead to new qualifications - helping businesses to recover after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Some of the training may take place online, but employers will also be required to provide free access to a training facility at your venue/s.

As a key part of ReTrain, CIMSPA has partnered with the Royal Life Saving Society to provide £400k of lifeguard training. This will help to meet an urgent need for around 11,000 new lifeguards to be trained, allowing swimming pools to open safely.

What are the criteria for accessing the free training?
The priorities for funding will be:
  • Qualifications that are endorsed against the sector’s Professional Standards; for example, qualifications for Group Exercise Instructors, Gym Instructors, Personal Trainers, Swimming Teachers, Lifeguards, Sports Coaches and Pool Plant Operators.
  • Sites based in areas of socio-economic deprivation.

Who pays for the training?
If your application is successful, CIMSPA will source the appropriate training provider(s) to deliver the training. CIMSPA will cover 100% of the costs of the training and pay the training provider directly, from the funding provided by Sport England.

Will the training available include apprenticeship opportunities?
No, ReTrain does not include apprenticeship training.


Will every employer be able to access this funding?
We will need to evaluate the number of applications that we receive and then allocate the resources based on the criteria above. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee that every application will be successful. CIMSPA expects that the number of Employer Partners/Member Organisations expressing an interest in receiving ReTrain Training Courses for the benefit of their employees will exceed the number of available courses. The selection of Employer Partners/Member Organisations to receive ReTrain Training Courses for the benefit of their employees is in CIMSPA’s absolute discretion and based on criteria that have been agreed in consultation with Sport England. CIMSPA accepts no liability for the exercise of such discretion and in particular in declining requests by Employer Partners/Member Organisation to receive Project ReTrain Training Courses for the benefit of their employees.


Is there an average time frame for how long the training courses will be?
It will depend on the course and what an employer has asked for. If successful, we will match employers with training providers and you will then be able to work out the best schedule for delivery.

How long will it take to find out if an application has been successful?
The process of reviewing applications is ongoing and, if you are successful, we will let you know as soon as possible. The timing will depend on the volume of applications for each course.


Is this available outside of England?
ReTrain has been funded by Sport England and is therefore currently only available to employers with sites in England. We are in discussions with the relevant bodies about making ReTrain available in other parts of the UK.

We have multiple sites throughout the country with different socio-demographic profiles. Do we apply for each individual site or for the whole organisation?
Please apply on a site by site basis.

Can any employer apply?
At the moment, ReTrain is only open for employers in England with a CIMSPA, CLUK or ukactive partnership.

What if I’m not a partner of CIMSPA, CLUK or ukactive?
We’d be very happy to discuss partnership opportunities with you. Please contact or call 07425 275045.

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