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Apprentice Outdoor Activity Instructor

Scout Adventures Hawkhirst
£9,122.88 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2021

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Education & Training
Hospitality & Travel, Unspecified
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Advanced
Start Date
12-18 months
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Scout Adventures is owned and run by the Scouts. For over 100 years, they have delivered opportunities and activities to millions of young people. Set in 70 acres of coniferous forest in rural Northumberland, Scout Adventures Hawkhirst offers amazing water sports as well as a range of other activities.

Scout Adventures believe that amazing things happen in the great outdoors. Apprentice Instructors inspire, coach and teach hundreds of young people each year in the art of Adventure. Working in some of the country’s most inspirational locations this is an opportunity to join the Scout Adventures Apprentice Activity Instructor programme.

Learning by doing is at the heart of the Scouting and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing – gaining NGB qualifications, a recognised apprenticeship, and bags of experience in a range of adventurous activities from Kayaking to Climbing and archery to Tomahawk Throwing. Former apprentices have gone on to work in colleges, work as freelance paddle sport coaches, and work as fully fledged instructors both in Scout Adventures centres, and in the wider industry.

They are looking for someone to join the team who is just as passionate as we are about getting young people outdoors to have an adventure. As someone who wants to go on to a career as an Outdoor Instructor you will ideally already have some personal experience of outdoor activities, and have a clear vision of what you would like to achieve during your Apprenticeship and the exciting adventures you might go on to have in the future.

While working at Scout Adventures Hawkhirst you could obtain the following qualifications:

  • Customer Care Training
  • Safeguarding training and certificate
  • Manual Handling (ITC Level 2 Award in safe moving and handling
  • Prevent Training
  • 2 Day ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid
  • COSHH Training
  • Climbing Wall Instructor Award Training
  • A range of NGB awards dependent upon individual and employer aspirations.

Day to day duties:

  • Undertake an apprenticeship programme of on and off the job training and professional development.
  • Work with customers and centre teams to deliver high quality adventure experiences.
  • Assist with the maintenance, preparation, organisation and issuing of equipment.
  • Assist in the daily site duties to ensure a functional environment to deliver residential experiences.
  • Undertake evening duties on a rota basis, assisting the supervision of groups and provision of evening activities.
  • Undertake overnight on-call duties when required, providing a first point of contact for customers in an emergency.
  • Assist in ensuring that a safe environment exists for all visitors to the Centre.
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as may be required by the Centre Management.
  • Contribute to welcoming and supportive ethos, working flexibly when necessary to support colleagues.
  • This role will require regular weekend and evening working.

Skills and qualifications:

  • Ability to teach and speak in front of a group.
  • Ability to take responsibility for a group of young people and manage their safety.
  • Ability to adapt easily to situations and demonstrate a willingness to learn.
  • Genuine passion for outdoor education and desire to pursue a career on this field.
  • Able to adapt to changing situations, communicate, cooperate with and respect others in the team.
  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Hold a Level 2 in functional skills for English and Maths (or GCSE Grade Grade C/4 or higher), or be able to complete this within the apprenticeship.

Additional Information:

  • You must be a minimum age of 18 years on start date
  • You must be a UK Citizen
  • The nature of this post and the environment requires significant weekend and evening working.
  • The post is a live in, catered position in shared accommodation provided as part of the employment package with no deductions to salary for either accommodation or food.
  • A valid driving license would be advantageous but is not essential.


Essential Details:

Salary: £9,122.88 per annum

Working Hours:  40 hours per week 

Closing date: Tuesday 30th November 2021

Interviews: 7th December 2021 (between 10am-3pm)

Possible start date: 10th January 2022

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