Trainee Instructor Scheme

Trainee Instructor Scheme

What can be achieved in the Training Instructor Scheme?

Please complete the Application Form for Trainee Instructor at High Adventure 2018 and return to: mick@highadventureoec.co.uk 

CLICK HERE for Trainee Application Form High Adventure 2018

Interviews will be held between 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday 29th August, Wednesday 6th and Friday 15th September 2017.

There will be an activity in the morning, then candidates presenting a team building game then a 5 minute presentation on a topic of their choice followed by an interview.

The scheme overview…

This is a year long scheme with the potential to extend into a second & third year for the right applicants.

1st year:

NGB Training

One year training scheme with domestic duties. The Purpose of the year is to develop you as an instructor through working with a variety of clients and helping you to achieve a number of NGBs.

NGBs that are included in the First Year Scheme are below. Please note that this is a set list. If you already have any of these you will not be given something else to replace it as this would have a knock on effect to the Second Year Instructor scheme;

  • SPA Training (Climbing).
  • Level 1 LCMLA Training & Assessment (Caving).
  • FSRT (Paddling).
  • 2 Star Paddlesport (Paddling).
  • Level 1 Paddlesport Coach Training & Assessment (Paddling).
  • Level 1 MIAS Training & Assessment (Mountain Biking).
  • PCV Medical (Bus).
  • PCV Theory Test (Bus).
  • CPC Mod 2 & 4 (Bus).
  • L1 Award in Coaching Cycling (British Cycling, ACC).
  • 16 hour First Aid Training & Assessment.
  • In house training (High Ropes, Archery, etc..).

The role includes domestic duties on some weekends each month which involves;

  • Cleaning the centre, bedrooms & bathrooms.
  • Kitchen duties; preparation, cooking & serving of food.

The duties of the role also includes;

  • 2 evening duties per week.
  • Working at the Cowling site as well as other locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week, this could be weekends or week days.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor equipment, buildings and grounds.

Included in the package

  • Accommodation is at one of our staff houses in the local village or onsite at the centre and includes furniture and all bills.
  • Food is available when groups are in the centre and a small food allowance is given each week for when groups are not in.
  • Wage of £300.00 each month.
  • Use of all High Adventure Equipment.
  • 25 days holiday a year, 10 of which have to be taken at Christmas.
  • Staff uniform of technical outdoor equipment.
  • Apart from your own fuel, beer tokens and any kit you wish to purchase through our pro-deals, you have very little expenses whilst in the scheme.

Requirements

  • Must be 22 years old or older.
  • Must have a full drivers licence.
  • Be committed to a year (possibly 2 year) long scheme.

2nd year:

NGB Training

One year training scheme following on from the 1st year without domestic duties. The Purpose of the year is to continue to develop you as an instructor through working with a variety of clients and helping you to achieve a number of NGBs. You are given the responsibility of being the course director, the main contact point for the clients on their stay with High Adventure.

NGBs that are included in the Second Year Scheme are below. Please note that this is a set list. If you already have any of these you will not be given something else to replace it as this would have a knock on effect to the Third Year Instructor scheme;

  • SPA Assessment (Climbing).
  • ML Training (Hill Walking).
  • 3 Star Canoe Training & Assessment (Paddling).
  • 3 Star Kayak Training & Assessment ( Paddling).
  • Level 2 Paddlesport Coach Training (Paddling).
  • Level 2 MIAS Training & Assessment (Mountain Biking).
  • PCV Practical Training & Assessment (Bus).
  • In house training (High Ropes, Archery, etc..).

The role has Course Director duties with a range of client groups, this involves;

  • Sorting the arrival paperwork.
  • Checking the rooms, programme and kit are ready for the groups arrival.
  • Welcoming the group into the centre.
  • Running the introduction chat and the morning meetings with the group.
  • Checking the bedrooms in the mornings and sorting the morning clean before activities.
  • Being the main contact point for the group, sorting any issues that arise.
  • Waving the group off at the end of their visit.

The duties of the role also includes;

  • 2 evening duties per week.
  • Working at the Cowling site as well as other locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week, this could be weekends or week days.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor equipment, buildings and grounds.

Included in the package

  • Accommodation is at one of our staff houses in the local village or onsite at the centre and includes furniture and all bills.
  • Food is available when groups are in the centre and a small food allowance is given each week for when groups are not in.
  • Wage of £300.00 each month
  • End of year bonus of £1200.00. This is only paid out if you complete the full year.
  • Use of all High Adventure Equipment.
  • 25 days holiday a year, 10 of which have to be taken at Christmas.
  • Staff uniform of technical outdoor equipment.
  • Apart from your own fuel, beer tokens and any kit you wish to purchase through our pro-deals, you have very little expenses whilst in the scheme.

Requirements

  • Have passed the first year NGBs.
  • Be committed to a year long scheme.

3rd year:

NGB Training

One year training scheme continuing on from the second year scheme. The Purpose of the year is to continue to develop you as an instructor and consolidate what has been learnt in the first two years.

NGBs that are included in the Third Year Scheme are below. Please note that this is a set list;

  • Level 2 LCMLA Training & Assessment (Caving).
  • ML Assessment (Hill Walking)
  • Level 2 Paddlesport Coach Assessment (Paddling).
Your choice of one of the following;
  • 4 Star Kayak and BCU White Water Safety & Rescue (Paddling).
  • 4 Star Canoe and BCU White Water Safety & Rescue (Paddling).
  • Level 3 MIAS Training & Assessment (Mt Biking).
  • BCA Mines Training & Assessment (Cave/Mines).
  • IOL Bushcraft Course.
  • Steve Banks, Coaching Processes Training.
  • ML Winter Training.
  • In house training (High Ropes, Archery, etc..).

The role includes continuing with the course director role as well as taking on more of a leading role with the 1st & 2nd years. 

The duties of the role also includes;

  • 2 evening duties per week.
  • Working at the Cowling site as well as other locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week, this could be weekends or week days.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor equipment, buildings and grounds.

Included in the package

  • Accommodation is at one of our staff houses in the local village or onsite at the centre and includes furniture and all bills.
  • Food is available when groups are in the centre and a small food allowance is given each week for when groups are not in.
  • Wage of £300.00 each month.
  • End of year bonus of £2400.00. This is only paid out if you complete the full year.
  • Use of all High Adventure Equipment.
  • 25 days holiday a year, 10 of which have to be taken at Christmas.
  • Staff uniform of technical outdoor equipment.
  • Apart from your own fuel, beer tokens and any kit you wish to purchase through our pro-deals, you have very little expenses whilst in the scheme.

Requirements

 

  • Have passed the first year NGBs.
  • Be committed to a year long scheme.

General Information

High Adventure’s Instructor Scheme is quite simply the best scheme in the country.  We don’t say this in order to ‘pat ourselves’ on the back though!  The reason we say this is, is in order to ensure that you understand how & why this is the case.  Every year we get people applying for instructor positions, stating that they have been working as a ‘senior instructor’ for the last year at some other outdoor centre.  Then when we ask to see what qualifications they have, they have none, other than some ‘in-house’ assessments and the odd NGB Training.  It is very hard to hear these stories and even harder to have to explain to someone that if they are serious about being in the outdoor industry they MUST get their ‘NGB QUALIFICATIONS’.
This is why we have a Past & Current Trainee Instructor Scheme page.  It is so you can see ‘for real’ how & where our existing trainees are up to in terms of their professional development.  Please read their profiles, see and understand that they are actually becoming properly qualified in the various outdoor activities that are so very very important.
In addition to this, we pay our trainee instructors!  They also get everything else included – their board & lodgings, their log books to the various National Governing Bodies and of course the training and assessments as outlined above.  What this means is that every penny our trainee instructors earn is their disposable income.  Don’t mis-understand, during the year at High Adventure our trainee instructors have to work very hard, they literally ‘eat, sleep & breathe’ outdoor education.  This is not a year for the faint hearted.
Due to the popularity of the instructor scheme we have expanded the scheme from a single year to a three year scheme, which continues to push and develop you as an instructor.  We always fill our all our positions for the 2nd & 3rd year, from our 1st year positions, which usually means we do not advertise the 2nd & 3rd year positions externally.

When you are doing your research (which you definitely should do), ask the outdoor centres the devil is in the detail!

“what will I get?”

You need to see & hear them telling you a list of NGB ASSESSMENTS (not just TRAINING’S) and you NEED to be reassured that they will deliver on what they are telling you.I hope this helps, and if you are interested in our trainee instructor scheme then please take a look on our Jobs at High Adventure page.  The bad news here is that we are incredibly over subscribed with applicants.  Because of this we have changed our recruitment process and we now offer interviews for the trainee instructor positions to the staff who work for us on our summer camps prior to advertising externally.  This does mean that it is much harder to get onto the scheme if you are applying to us having not worked at the summer camps.

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