Trainee Instructor Scheme

Trainee Instructor Scheme 

(Instructor Scheme)

Do you want a career in the Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Industry?

Do you want to be an outdoor instructor, a facilitator, an educator?

There are many ways into the industry; College, University, work part time and do the NGBs as and when you can afford them or you can find a training course.

Training courses vary in terms of what they offer so it’s worth comparing a few training courses to see what is truly on offer.

Our scheme has 4 different levels in which it can be entered, however most enter at a 1 or 1.5 year level then stay on to do the 2nd and 3rd years. In some cases instructors have stayed on to become part of our Senior Team or Summer Camp Managers.

1st year is often referred to as a Trainee year and the 2nd as the Developing instructor year, however all year levels are considered instructors and as such will work with groups as soon as appropriate. 

Below is a summary of what we can offer the right people. If you are interested in joining our team please get in touch.

Summary

Interviews:

August & September each year.

Interviews go to those who have worked at our summer camps first and are then opened to external applicants.

Start date:

1st, 2nd & 3rd years start in January each year.

1.5 years often start earlier, from the October before.

All year levels get;

  • Full in house training.
  • National Governing Body registrations.
  • National Governing Body training and assessments (details below).
  • Own private room in a shared staff house.
  • All costs covered: water, gas, council tax, electric, internet, TV licence.
  • Food: available at centre plus a weekly ASDA order to supplement.
  • Technical staff uniform. Varies from year level to year level.
  • Access to all High Adventure Vehicles and equipment.
  • All year levels get 28 days holiday. 10 to be taken over Christmas.

The duties of the role include;

  • Delivering high levels of activity that are safe, fun and educational.
  • Up to 2 evening duties per week.
  • Main work based at the Cowling site.
  • Opportunities to work at locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor kit, buildings and grounds.
  • 1st and 1.5 years do domestic duties.

Year levelMonthly wageEnd of year bonusEstimated full value. Including training, assessments, accommodation, food, etc..
1st £300.00£1200.00£15,000.00
1.5£300.00 increasing to £350.00 when passed PCV Minibus£1200.00Varied
2nd£350.00 increasing to £400.00 when passed PCV Minibus£1200.00£16,000.00
3rd£600.00£1200.00£17,000.00

Apart from your own fuel, beer tokens and any kit you wish to purchase through our pro-deals, you have very few expenses whilst on the scheme.

 Requirements to apply;

All positions are subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service Check.

At all levels we are looking for people passionate about being in the outdoors who are problem solvers with a people focused approach.  Your focus will be to crack on with the job in hand, delivering high levels of activity that are safe, fun and educational.

1st year: Full UK Drivers licence.

1.5 year: Full UK Drivers licence and at least 1 or more NGBs

2nd year: Minibus licence with CPC card and Tacho card, plus multiple NGBs, ideally what we offer in 1st year.

3rd year: Minibus licence with CPC card and Tacho card and all of the NGBs we offer in 1st & 2nd year.

Application details are at the bottom of this page.

More detail…

1st year (Trainee):

National Governing Body (NGB) Training

  • Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) Training (Climbing).
  • Level 1 LCMLA Training & Assessment (Caving).
  • FSRT (Paddling).
  • 2 Star Paddlesport (Paddling).
  • Paddlesport Instructor (Paddling).
  • Paddlesport leader (Paddling).
  • MIAS Road leader (Cycling).
  • PCV Medical (Bus).
  • PCV Theory Test (Bus).
  • CPC Mod 2 & 4 (Bus).
  • 16 hour First Aid Training & Assessment.
  • In house training (High Ropes, Archery, etc..).

In house training

  • PPE Inspection.
  • Bike maintenance.
  • Jobs training – looking at how to maintain an outdoor centre.
  • Coaching processes.
  • GCSE – delivering to meet the Syllabus.
  • Manual handling.
  • Archery.
  • High Ropes.
  • Labyrinth.
  • Low Ropes.
  • Indoor wall.
  • Onsite Abseil.
  • Local Crag climbing & abseil sign off.
  • Team building.
  • Mt Biking.
  • Cycling.
  • Caving.
  • Stream walk.
  • Bouldering.
  • Zip Wire.

Domestic training

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • Multiple weekend trainings with the Domestic Manager.

 Domestic role

  • Up to 30 weekends a year.
  • Weekend hours vary depending on when groups are in centre.
  • Cleaning the centre, bedrooms & bathrooms.
  • Kitchen duties; preparation, cooking & serving of food.
  • Friday afternoon and Monday morning hand over.

 The duties of the role also include;

  • Delivering high levels of activity that are safe, fun and educational.
  • Up to 2 evening duties per week.
  • Main work based at the Cowling site.
  • Opportunities to work at locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor kit, buildings and grounds.

  1.5 year

 National Governing Body (NGB) Training

This will depend on the NGBs you come with.

In house training

  • PPE Inspection.
  • Bike maintenance.
  • Jobs training – looking at how to maintain an outdoor centre.
  • Coaching processes.
  • GCSE – delivering to meet the Syllabus.
  • Manual handling.
  • Archery.
  • High Ropes.
  • Labyrinth.
  • Low Ropes.
  • Indoor wall.
  • Onsite Abseil.
  • Local Crag climbing & abseil sign off.
  • Team building.
  • Mt Biking.
  • Cycling.
  • Caving.
  • Stream walk.
  • Bouldering.
  • Zip Wire.

Domestic training

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • Multiple weekend trainings with the Domestic Manager.

 Domestic role

  • Up to 30 weekends a year.
  • Weekend hours vary depending on when groups are in centre.
  • Cleaning the centre, bedrooms & bathrooms.
  • Kitchen duties; preparation, cooking & serving of food.
  • Friday afternoon and Monday morning hand over.

 The duties of the role also include;

  • Delivering high levels of activity that are safe, fun and educational.
  • Up to 2 evening duties per week.
  • Main work based at the Cowling site.
  • Opportunities to work at locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor kit, buildings and grounds. 

2nd year (Developing instructor):

National Governing Body (NGB) Training

  • Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) Assessment (Climbing).
  • Mountain Leader Training (ML) (Hill Walking).
  • 3 Star Canoe Training & Assessment (Paddling).
  • 3 Star Kayak Training & Assessment (Paddling).
  • Paddlesport Coach Training (Paddling).
  • PCV Practical Training & Assessment (Bus).

In house training – Continued development in all areas from 1st year, plus

  • Course director training.
  • PPE Inspection.
  • Bike maintenance.
  • Customer service training.

The duties of the role also include;

  • Delivering high levels of activity that are safe, fun and educational.
  • Up to 2 evening duties per week.
  • Main work based at the Cowling site.
  • Opportunities to work at locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor kit, buildings and grounds.

3rd year:

Your choice of a reasonable option up to the course value of £1200 and 10 days.

Possible options to select from;

  • Level 2 LCMLA Training & Assessment (Caving).
  • Mountain Leader Assessment (ML) (Hill Walking).
  • Paddlesport Coach Assessment (Paddling).
  • White Water Kayak leader (Paddling).
  • White Water Safety & Rescue (Paddling).
  • Canoe leader (Paddling).
  • MIAS Training & Assessment (Mt Biking).
  • BCA Mines Training & Assessment (Cave/Mines).
  • IOL Bushcraft Course.
  • Steve Banks, Coaching Processes Training.

 The duties of the role also include;

  • Delivering high levels of activity that are safe, fun and educational.
  • Up to 2 evening duties per week.
  • Main work based at the Cowling site.
  • Opportunities to work at locations across the UK.
  • Working 5 days out of 7 in a week.
  • Jobs time; maintenance of outdoor kit, buildings and grounds.

General Information

We believe that 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 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 registrations 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 scheme for the faint hearted.

When you are doing your research (which you definitely should do), ask the outdoor centres for full details of what the scheme involves and what you will get… the devil is in the detail!

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.

Requirements to apply;

Entering at any year level will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

At all levels we are looking for people passionate about being in the outdoors who are problem solvers with a people focused approach.  Your focus will be to crack on with the job in hand delivering high levels of activity that are safe, fun and educational.

  • 1st year: Full UK Drivers licence.
  • 1.5 year: Full UK Drivers licence and at least 1 or more NGBs = RCI, LCMLA, Paddlesports, etc..
  • 2nd year: Minibus licence with CPC card and Tacho card, plus multiple NGBs, ideally what we offer in 1st year.
  • 3rd year: Minibus licence with CPC card and Tacho card and all of the NGBs we offer in 1st & 2nd year.

How to apply…

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

Click here for APPLICATION FORM

Interviews dates to be confirmed. Normally held in August & September each year. 

Start date in January each year.

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