Outdoor programmes apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the outdoor programmes sector.

The UK outdoors sector covers a wide-range of leisure, learning and well-being activities undertaken within the natural environment. The sector encompasses private, public, charitable/not for profit and voluntary operations.

Training opportunities

This is a vibrant, exciting and growing sector to work in that is particularly suited to those with a passion and enthusiasm for working both with people and in the outdoors.

Although enthusiasm for adventurous activities is a must, it must be remembered that outdoor activity instruction is actually about people instruction in outdoor activities.

Types of apprenticeships

On this advanced level apprenticeship you could work as an outdoor instructor, preparing, leading, and reviewing a series of appropriate programmed outdoor activity sessions in a safe, engaging and inclusive manner for a range of participants.

You could also work as a head of activity, leading on a specific activity or of a specific team, with an associated range of resource implications such as people, financial and logistical.

Looking beyond an outdoor instructor role, career development can often lead to significant elements of leadership and management within roles.

Promotion or progression could be into roles such as a chief instructor or centre manager.

Job roles

Advanced level apprenticeship

  • outdoor instructor
  • senior instructor
  • team leader/supervisor
  • head of activity
  • project leader
  • group leader/counsellor