This one has really pissed me off. As someone who used to work in another curves I can confirm it takes no skills whatsoever to work here, there is minimum training required and working there would not benefit anyone in any way if they wanted another job in the fitness industry.
Disagree on that one a bit. Have a close family member who worked in one and then went on to open her own gym. It's a lot better than some of the other internships being advertised like waiting tables, working in petrol stations, etc. At least you could work out while interning, save on gym fees.
But in general I am disgusted by the Job Bridge scheme. It's simply not being used the way it is intended, and how internships for anything obviously entry-level like waiting tables gets the OK from the powers that be in the scheme is mind-boggling.
If a job is entry-level, requiring little training, no company should be allowed take an intern for this. Likewise, if the job is highly skilled and requires someone with professional experience, it should not be allowed as an internship. The scheme should be strictly limited to situations where people have some education/experience in the field, but not enough to be considered a working professional and need to gain experience. That's what an internship is for - to gain experience. Not force people who are unable to find work into slave labor.
I think the scheme should be scrapped or drastically limited to proper opportunities. The changes I would make: The mentors should be made to take a short course in how to train people if they don't have experience or qualifications in training/teaching. The mentors should have to complete progress reports on the interns detailing what the interns duties are, what they've been teaching the intern and how well they're doing learning the job. Someone should also drop by the workplace to monitor how the mentor works with the intern and see if there is any teaching/learning going on, more than twice as the scheme says, should be once a month.
If the interns are doing well, the company should be required to take them on as paid at a decent starting salary or be struck off the scheme. If they give more than two consecutive interns bad reports, the mentors should have to be trained again, especially in regards to interviewing prospective interns/hires. If they still cannot find an intern to train up and hire within the next two internships, they should be struck off the scheme.