The path to success
Embarking on the career of your dreams and reaching your goals has never been easier, thanks to Direct Skills Group.

Embarking on the career of your dreams and reaching your goals has never been easier, thanks to Direct Skills Group.

Armed with over 40 years’ experience and a growing offering of top-class training programmes, Direct Skills Group is committed to helping people from all walks of life gain the qualifications, skills and confidence they need to travel down – and succeed in – the career path of their dreams.

Whether someone is looking to turn their passion for the gym into a day job, land a role at a leading salon or five-star spa, or even start their own business within the realms of fitness or beauty, Direct Skills Group provides the gateway through its leading courses, which combine in-person training in both a classroom and real-life setting.

And while all graduates leave Direct Skills Group’s training academies with the diplomas and practical tools needed to flourish in their chosen industries, the business is also dedicated to educating its students about – and opening their eyes to – the variety of careers that their training can lead to.

Here, the team provide an insight into some of the exciting avenues open to its graduates and how they can lead to not only enjoyable and long-lasting careers, but fulfilling lifestyles.

So, you want to work in the fitness industry?

The business’ fitness training division has expanded in recent years from its training academy in Leeds to Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, helping it become a leader in its field and a trusted, go-to provider for anyone wanting to make a living on the gym floor.

Working in fitness – which involves helping others improve their physical health and mental wellbeing – can make for an extremely rewarding career, however it’s essential that people are fully-qualified for the role they want.

Through Direct Skills Group, fitness fans can gain their Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training, as well as an extended Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Personal Training and even a Level 3 course in Sports Massage.

Many graduates leaving with these qualifications under their belt go on to forge satisfying and sustainable careers as gym instructors, assistant instructors and personal trainers in large national gyms and small independent gyms, but the possibilities don’t end there.

Some go on to become gym managers, service managers and membership advisors, while others set up their own businesses as self-employed personal trainers and online fitness coaches, enabling them to work remotely from anywhere in the world and achieve optimum work-life balance, more flexibility and freedom.

So, you want to work in the beauty industry?

Direct Skills Group’s training offering within beauty therapy is going from strength to strength and from its national training academies – including its brand new academy in Newcastle – beauty-lovers of all ages are given the knowledge and practical skills they need to make their mark in this growing and fast-paced industry.

Spending your working week helping others to look and feel their best inside and out can make for a gratifying career – and Direct Skills Group’s varied range of beauty therapy courses can open a number of doors for anyone in search of a hands-on, client-facing role in salons, spas and beyond.

Courses include Level 3 Diploma in Combined Beauty Therapy Skills, Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology and Level 3 Diploma in Makeup Artistry, along with Level 2 & 3 advanced apprenticeships in beauty therapy.

Many graduates who leave Direct Skills Group secure careers at local salons – including those where their practical training took place – and spas. These include beauty, massage and skin therapist positions, as well as salon receptionist and aesthetic practitioner roles and even spa manager and spa director roles.

Others go on to become lash and brow specialists, senior nail technicians and beauty consultants – either within a salon or a spa, or in a freelance capacity.

Some go full circle and become educators themselves, specialising in salon training, assessing and lecturing, while others may leave Direct Skills Group feeling inspired to set up their own business as a self-employed clinic or spa-owner, or become a freelance make-up artist or masseuse, enabling them to work and travel freely all over the world.  

For more information about how Direct Skills Group can help you to unlock your potential and lead you down the path of success, visit

Posted 12th March 2024

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