How single dad Colin worked his way from Income Support to a glass of champagne at 10 Downing Street; Thanks to the New Deal for Parents, Colin Scott qualified as a personal trainer, giving him a career with flexibility for his family.
In 2001, Scott, from Inverkip, was looking for a career that would provide him with job satisfaction as well as the flexibility he needs to carefor his children.
Having completed the Premier Diploma in Personal Training in Glasgow, Colin is now a successful personal trainer to some of Scotland's top athletes and sportsmen.
Colin said: 'I spent 10 years of my working life behind a desk pushing paper all day long.
'When I was made redundant I found there were few local opportunities that offered flexibility.
'I saw an advert in the local newspaper for personal trainers and realised I could combine my passion for fitness with a flexible career.
'Luckily for me, the government's new deal for lone parents scheme provided the financial support that allowed me to enrol on the course.
'The Premier course covers all the aspects needed to enter the fitness industry and has given me the skills and knowledge to provide my clients with the support they need. The course is by far the most thorough UK qualification available.'
Colin's course is respected within the industry and incorporates membership of the Register of Exercise Professionals at the highest level, which is a government-endorsed system of self-regulation for all instructors, coaches and teachers in the exercise and fitness industry.
After graduating, Colin started his own personal trainer and sports therapist business working across Scotland.
His enthusiasm and expertise meant that his client list quickly expanded.
Since he started in 2002, Colin has worked for some of Scotland's top sportsmen and women, including the Scottish Olympic weightlifting team and the Scottish triathlon team.
Colin said: 'Deciding to become a personal trainer has changed my life completely.
'I now decide when and where I work and, most importantly, have the time to care for my children.'
The icing on the cake for Colin was when he received the invitation from Downing Street to meet Tony and Cherie Blair after he was put forward to attend the event by his advisor on the New Deal for Parents scheme.
Colin said: 'It was really encouraging to meet people who were in the same position as I was only a few years ago, making a real success of their lives.
'These days I am excited about the future and the challenges it holds.
'My plan is to continue growing the business and hopefully open my own personal training centre and therapy clinic in Glasgow.'
Premier Training is throwing open its doors to all would-be fitness professionals for free careers advice on Wednesday
Anyone interested in finding out more about a career in the fitness industry can visit Premier's training centre at the Next Generation Club in Glasgow or call 0141 959 3400.
I decide when and where I work and, most importantly, have time for my children