Updated: Friday, 25th April 2014 @ 9:36am

Boxer Ricky Hatton praised for training during National Apprenticeship Week

Boxer Ricky Hatton praised for training during National Apprenticeship Week

By James Haviland

Boxer Ricky ‘The Hit Man’ Hatton might be better known for boxing and healthy eating but during National Apprenticeship Week he is being praised for his commitment to training.

Ricky owns Hatton Health and Fitness an exclusive health club based in Hyde employing 11 apprentices in partnership with Trafford College.

Trafford College Principal, Sir Bill Moorcroft joined Ricky to present apprentice, Phil Latchford, father of two from Denton, with a £100 prize for all his hard work and commitment.

Ricky said: “Our strong belief is that people come to gyms to interact with the staff and fellow members, not to enter a cold place where you pay a lot and get little customer care.  

“Our Apprentices are living proof that our belief in customer care and interaction with members is absolutely the right path to continue to follow in order to add value to the whole experience. 

“Trafford College tutors have provided us with great support and given our staff that extra motivation – which is reflected in our membership retention.” 

Sir Moorcroft also recognised the club’s commitment to training and met some of the apprentices to hear about their experiences.

Sir Moorcroft said: “It has been great for me to visit Hatton’s gym and speak to the apprentices in their workplace. The college is committed to supporting employers who take on apprentices, and it’s great to see a business that is thriving from it.

“Taking on an apprentice is not only a fantastic opportunity for the individual, but it can reap real rewards for the employer, developing a hard working, committed and skilled workforce which can help a business grow.” 

National Apprenticeship Week aims to raise the profile of apprenticeships across the country, promoting the benefits to businesses and learners. 

To find out more about Trafford College apprenticeship opportunities visit www.trafford.ac.uk or call 0161 886 7070.