What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
This Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership is designed for those individuals who wish to gain a broad, but solid foundation to allow them to follow a career in the vibrant, exciting and expanding outdoor sector. It’s particularly suited to those with a passion and enthusiasm for instructing and leading people in the outdoors through adventurous activities. You could progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).
You will be required to maintain and complete a professional development portfolio in order to complete the apprenticeship. You will be provided with support from a college assessor/tutor, your employer and pending on your centre work allocation and location you can access college based portfolio support and skills training at Exeter College or Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre.
What topics will I study?
Various subjects related to activity leadership e.g. Health and Safety, Session Planning, Safeguarding.
You will receive technical skills training depending on your employers activity provision in Kayaking, Canoeing, Problem solving, Orienteering, Mountain biking, Sailing, Caving, Mountain leadership and Archery this will be jointly provided by your employer and the college.
What experiences will I get?
You will also study for National Governing and Awarding Body Leadership and Coaching Qualifications (e.g. Paddle Sports Coach, Mountain Bike Leader, First Aid).
What are the entry requirements?
Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 3 or above in English and maths. However, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.
You need to be employed and have a keen interest in outdoor adventurous activities and working in the outdoors with children, teenagers and adults in all types of outdoor environments and weather conditions etc.
What facilities are there?
You will have access to the facilities at Haven Banks Outdoor Education for college based NVQ knowledge and technical skills development delivery sessions.
What can the course lead on to?
As this course launches you directly into work this is an exceptionally good way of building your career and progressing into further training and employment. You could also progress on to the Advanced Apprenticeship.
Are there any additional costs?
What support can I get?
You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.
What will this training cost me?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.
If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.
Click here to see the Outdoor Programmes Apprentice of the Year award citation video from the Skills Awards 2014
Click here to view a video about Haven Banks made by one of our students
Click here to view the Apprenticeship Journey booklet.