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Apprenticeship

"MEN (& WOMEN) WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS."
Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922)

There are many parallels drawn between the Active Apprenticeship 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.

Our Instructor Apprenticeship is a 12 month programme designed to support people who are passionate about the outdoors and who need to gain personal & group experience to further their qualifications and develop a career as outdoor instructor. Access to the Active apprenticeship could be achieved on completion of the 5 month Instructor Training Course.

We promise 12 months of adventure, challenge, new friends, new skills & experience, beautifull places and lots of laughs to go with the blood, sweat and tears! In the end our aim is to deliver experienced, motivated and knowledgeable instructors to the outdoor industry. This is an amazing opportunity to give your self a big step forward towards your dream.

Active’s apprenticeship cuts through the barriers to support you in your development;

Active Outdoor Pursuits is an adventure activities instructor with bases in Ayrshire, Aviemore& Newtonmore. Services and facilities offered by Active include;

  • 68 bedded outdoor centre
  • Self catering hostel
  • Mobile adventure services to a multitude of venues across Scotland
  • Outdoor retail shop
  • Cafe, bookshop & gallery

Our clients include and are not limited to;

  • Schools from primary school multi activity to Gold Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
  • Youth groups and Community Organisations
  • Businesses & Corporate groups
  • Instructor Training Courses
  • Personal & Team Development Courses

The Active Apprenticeship is designed to support people, with the right attitude, to gain the following opportunities:

  • Learn new skills from working beside qualified and experienced instructors.
  • Get group experience in a wide variety of activities and settings.
  • Access to company outdoor equipment.
  • Be based in the Scottish Highlands – access to amazing rivers, mountains (we advise that you have your own car and means to support its up keep and fuelling for use on your days off - so as to maximize your personal practice time)
  • Mentoring & support as you work towards you new career
  • Live, work and play with others who share your ambition and drive
  • Learn what makes an outdoor centre tick
  • Training and Assessment courses included
  • Salary in accordance with minimum wage apprenticeship regulations.

Other benefits;

  • Accommodation: Successful applicants will be based at Craigower Lodge, Outdoor Centre Newtonmore but with expeditions and residentials to a variety of locations across the UK. You will have a bed and use of the staff lounge.
  • Meals will be available whilst clients are being catered for. At other times self-catering facilities are available.
  • Candidates will have at least 6 days off per 4 week period
  • 6 weeks Annual leave which is generally taken around December /January.
  • 25% staff discount when purchasing outdoor equipment and clothing at Active Aviemore.

This is not a training course. As an Active Apprentice you are an employee with a 12 month Apprenticeship contract. Your are both a learner and a valuable team member.

Day to day duties; you will be expected to assist in all aspects of service delivery and participate fully in centre life. This includes maintenance of the centre, buses and equipment, cleaning duties, catering & kitchen assistance, bookings & office support, working in the shop & café, organizing equipment before/after sessions, taking turn as Duty Instructor etc. Evening and weekend working are normal.

The aim being to work towards attaining the experience, group sessions, skill level to allow you to attend the formal training and assessment elements of the following NGB qualifications. Note this list does not provide a tick list for everyone’s personal goals for the Active Apprenticeship, as everyone on the programme will have different learning speeds, specific areas of interest, ambitions and talent. Please see this list as more of the "flavour" of potential collective outcomes. Some years all apprentices have realised all below and other years some have attained all while their peers happily had a less demanding schedule for their personal development plan. Basically we cannot guarantee you will achieve all these but we can guarantee you will be skilled up, clued up & geared up to be 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
  • Snow Sports Awards (only if you choose to use your A/L join us on our ITC ski trip (usually to the USA) – we will provide accommodation, equipment & training, you organise & fund your own for lift passes & transport).
  • Trail Cycle leader Training / Assessment
  • 3/4 star Canoe/Kayak
  • 3 star Sea Kayak
  • Canyon Guide Training

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.
  • Have attained a 1st Aid course within the last 12 months.
  • A passport - we have run at least 1 international trip each year since commencing the programme in 2003.

2013/2014 Apprenticeship Applications

  • Applications welcomed from Jan 1st 2014
  • Application deadline Fri April 11th
  • INTERVIEW WEEKEND - 10-12th May
    • arrive Friday 7pm onwards
    • come prepared for outdoor activities
    • finish approx. 4pm Sunday
    • self-catering accommodation included
  • Start Date - Monday 16th June 2014
  • Finish Date - Wednesday 16th July 2015