At New Forest Activities we offer an Outdoor Instructor Apprentice Scheme lasting 12 months to give three lucky people a kick start into the fabulous world of outdoor activities.
Signing up apprentices now for 2016 & 2017
What you’ll need
We are looking for motivated and honest young people. We can take both school leavers and those a bit older and wiser looking for a new opportunity. Being over 18 will be an advantage as many of the awards are not valid until you reach this age. We do take one 16 yr old each year. You’ll need.
- Key skills at C or above / This can be done alongside your placement
- Be fit enough to take on the role of activity leader
- Experience in outdoor activities will be an advantage
- You’ll need to be a motivated, honest and confident person
You’ll be expected to become a strong member of our activities team, we are looking for motivated people with a passion for the outdoors. 80% of any instructor position will be customer facing; customer service, group management and dealing with clients will be key areas of the position.
You’ll complete a level 3 NVQ (National Vocational Qualiﬁcation) in Leisure Management and gain industry awards in outdoor activities. Your year’s apprenticeship will start can be flexible and will continue for 12 months from your start date . The apprenticeship scheme will involve;
- 40 hours per week / 5 days
- £3.40 per hour
- Working most weekends
- 26 days holiday
Depending on your ability, experience and motivation you’ll have the chance to complete or work towards the following. These will be signed off and certified towards the end of your years apprenticeship once you have completed all the various elements of the awards.
- 1st aid
- Battlefield LIVE Marshall training & assessment
- 2 star canoe and kayak
- Foundation safety and rescue
- Level 1 paddle sports coach
- 3 star sea, inland & open canoe
- ERCA High and Low ropes Instructor
- Site Specific Archery Award
- Bike Maintenance
Those joining with existing awards and qualifications may have the option of completing
- ERCA High Ropes Rescuer
- Level 2 paddle sports coach
- 4 star Sea kayak Training & Assessment
What you’ll get
An apprenticeship with New Forest Activities will provide you with a great start into the world of outdoor adventure activities. Through hands-on experience on the job the key benefits of being an apprentice include;
- Earn a salary while you learn the responsibilities and roles of outdoor professionals
- Receive training and assessments in industry qualifications
- Support as you learn and train
- Future prospects
- Earning while you learning
Apprentices do a real job, so you’re paid while you learn. All our apprentices receive a wage of £2.75 per hour and will do 40 hours per week.
Training and assessments
You’ll learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualiﬁcations and earning money all at the same time. You work towards a work-based qualiﬁcation such as a (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualiﬁcations.
There will be an intensive training period though the winter. It will be cold and wet and you’ll be expected to develop your skills and ability ready for groups and activities in March.
Support during training
We will support you during training and it’s always our aim to help you throughout as the course will be challenging. It’s our job to make sure you have the correct training in order to carry out your duties as part of the New Forest Activities Team. We have NVQ assessors in house to help you understand both the written and practical side of the apprenticeship.
A Word of Warning
To complete an apprenticeship you must have satisfy the requirements for your key skills (Maths, English and Science GCSE’s C grade or higher).
This is not an easy option for those fed up with teachers and education. You’ll be expected and paid to work hard and learn. Missing days, arriving late and not doing what you’ve been trained to do won’t simply get you a detention.
For those who feel that hard work, long days and working in all weather in the glorious outdoors could be for them, get in touch.