Instructor Apprenticeships

Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922)

There are many parallels drawn between the Active Instructor Development Programme and the above job description for Shackleton’s expeditions …although we do get some daylight hours even in the shortest days of a Highland winter! This experience will challenge your commitment to a career as an outdoor instructor but at the same time it will accelerate your opportunities for personal development.

Active Aim: To deliver experienced, motivated and knowledgeable instructors to the outdoor industry.

Our instructor development programme is a 15-month programme designed to support people who are passionate about the outdoors, who are looking to develop their personal & group experience to further their qualifications and progress their career as an outdoor instructor.  We promise 15 months of adventure, challenges, beautiful places, new skills and new friends along with lots of laughs to go with the blood sweat and tears! This is an amazing opportunity to give yourself a big step forward towards your dream.

Access to the Active IDP could be achieved on the completion of the 5 month Instructor Training Course. 

Active’s Instructor Development Programme

What is Expected of you?

Active Outdoor Pursuits is an adventure outdoor company with bases in Ayrshire, Aviemore & Newtonmore.  Our clients include, and are not limited to; schools (primary & secondary) from multi activity weeks to the full Duke of Edinburgh programme, youth groups & community organisations, adventure activity day and multi day trips, Scotland-wide expeditions, business & corporate groups, Instructor Training Courses and Personal & Team Development Courses.

We ask for you to work diligently for the company in all aspects of our operations from activities through to maintaining our centre, buses and equipment, cleaning duties, catering & kitchen assistance bookings & office support.   Remain open to feedback, and embrace our “Active buddying” system to use your time off to train, mentor, practise, study and support from and with your colleagues.  We ask for excellent time keeping with appropriate dress, cleanliness and a positive attitude with willingness to learn.  Evening and weekend working is the norm.

Live, Work and Play with others who share your ambition and drive…

What are the benefits to you?

Successful applicants will be based at Craigower Lodge Raft Training River Findhornwhere accommodation is included in your working contract.  Expeditions, residential’s or camping trips to a variety of locations across the world.  You will have shared dorm accommodation and a shared private staff lounge. Meals will be available whilst clients are being catered for with other times self-catering facilities are available.

During the programme there will be many opportunities for you to learn, practise, shadow and extend your knowledge of the outdoor profession.  There will also be formal courses you will be obliged to attend in keeping with your personal development.  We cannot emphasise how important it is that you dedicate your time off to working with your colleagues to practise and develop your personal skills and gain wider experience to ensure you are fully prepared for all courses in advance.

Candidates will have at least 6 days off per 4-week period with 6 weeks’ annual leave which is general taken around December/ January where you will have the opportunity to join Active for the annual Snowsports trip to Colorado and to Spain for 3 weeks of climbing and hill-walking.

You will also receive a 27% staff discount when purchasing outdoor equipment and clothing at our equipment shop in Aviemore. Brands such as Millet, Salewa, Black Diamond, DMM, Palm, Petzl to name but a few.

The development programme commences with a 2-week induction to all operations within the company with the following two months mainly structures around shadowing and assisting instructors with further practise in Craigower and Aviemore roles. These first two months will be on a voluntary/trial basis.  During this time, we will work with you to develop a Personal Development Programme, a formal training schedule and spend time with you appraising your performance and clarifying agreed outcomes.  Following this period, you will move to a formal contract, a paid period of employment.

What Qualifications will you obtain?

The aim is to develop you in your career.  Working towards attaining the experience, group sessions and skill level to allow you to attend the formal training and assessment elements for the following NGB qualifications. Note; this list does not provide a tick list for everyone’s personal goals for the programme and everyone has different learning styles and specific areas of interest, ambitions and talent.  Please see this list as more of a “flavour” of potential collective outcomes.  We cannot guarantee you will achieve all of these as it these are dependent on your personal development and skills, as highlighted, it is your responsibility to use your time off to train and develop.  We can guarantee you will be skilled up, clued up and geared up to the best you can be at that point in your outdoor career.

  • Summer Mountain Leader; Training / Assessment
  • Single Pitch Award; Training / Assessment
  • BCU UKCC Level 1/2
  • SRA Raft Guide 1/2
  • UK Snow Sports Awards (only if you self fund joining in our ITC snow sports training trip to Colorado).
  • Mountain Bike leader L2 Training / Assessment.
  • 3/4 star Canoe / Kayak
  • 3 star Sea Kayak
  • In house Canyon Guide Training
  • Expeditions on foot, Bike, Canoe and Sea Kayak
  • Canoe River Garry  spain-climb  canyon

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Essentials; Passionate about the outdoors and willing to put in 100% commitment to the programme – it is intense! We demand a lot and give a lot! From the list of NGBs above, applicants should have at least 1 current NGB qualification, or formal training in at least 2 NGBs, or considerable and relevant outdoor experience in these areas.

  • Clean & current UK driving license held for at least 1 year. For vehicle insurance purposes candidates must be at least 21 on the post start date.
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate.
  • A passport – we normally have 2 international trip each year.

Instructor Development Programme Applications

If you wish to apply for our Instructor Development Programme please read through the person specification before submitting your application. Please note we do receive a high volume of applicants therefore if you do not receive a response from us then you have been unsuccessful.

Applications open – 1st December 2016
Application Deadline – 30th January 2017
Interview Weekend – 7th & 8th February 2017
Start date – 10th April 2017
End date – 9th July 2018

Download Person Specification

Download IDP Application w/ Disclosures