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An Outdoor Activity Instructor supervises and guides children and adults in activities and pastimes such as canoeing, sailing, climbing, surfing, cycling, hillwalking, archery, bushcraft, rock pooling, geology, plant identification, habitat or wildlife walks at an introductory level. They will be supervised while working in a limited range of venues and weather conditions following tightly defined operating procedures.
The main responsibility of an Outdoor Activity Instructor is to run a safe and enjoyable activity session. They will: Prepare for the session — gather information about the participants and resources for the activity. Deliver the session — brief participants, maintain safety, provide on-going instruction and encouragement. Meet session outcome — support participants to achieve set outcome (such as new skills / knowledge, thrill seeking, personal or team challenge). Close the session — hand-over participants, return resources and equipment, log any issues.
Individual employers will have their own entry requirements, these will typically be existing knowledge and skills relating to the activities they are leading on as training for these are not included in the apprenticeship. It is about training the apprentice to deliver Outdoor Activity sessions, and the specific knowledge and technical aspects required to enable that. Due to the nature of the work within the sector, employers will usually require employees to be 18 years of age or above. A* - C GCSE English & maths or equivalent. If these qualifications are not held on entry, applicants will be asked to undertake an English & maths assessment prior to starting the course. Functional Skills English & maths must be completed prior to reaching End Point Assessment.
An e-portfolio of evidence: to include written and verbal assessments, short answer questions, video evidence and any other assessments relevant to the skills, knowledge & behaviours being checked. Each apprentice will also have to complete and pass an independent End Point Assessment, which fully assesses the skills and capabilities they have developed throughout their apprenticeship.
Applicants must be employed in a relevnat occupation in order to complete an apprenticeship.
On completion, Outdoor Activity Instructors may be eligible to apply to be Registered Members of the Institute for Outdoor Learning to support their career development and progression.
Starting 1st September 2021 - Ending - 31st March 2023
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The fee quoted is for the academic year 21/22.
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