Outdoor Education Apprentice - Brathay Trust

Brief overview of the role:

We are looking to recruit an Outdoor Education Apprentice to join our team at Low Bank Ground in Coniston. To undertake a programme of on- and off- the job training and gain experience as an outdoor education tutor/technician and to assist in the delivery of safe, high quality courses, including evening activities as required.

Vacancy description:

Your role and responsibilities will include:


  • Assists tutors in the planning, delivery and evaluation of courses.
  • Assists groups on outdoor activities as directed by group leader, including: briefing groups, monitoring groups for obvious problems, ‘spotting’ group members, encouraging group members, helping to keep group together etc.
  • Develops skills in all the above areas and assumes responsibility for group supervision and activity leadership commensurate with competence and experience.
  • Assists groups preparing for activities, and on return from activities.
  • Assists with evening activities when necessary.
  • Assists with organisation of first night evening meal and first morning breakfast.
  • Assists with routine tasks around the centre.
  • Assists in ensuring that a safe environment exists for all visitors to the Centre.
  • Assists caretaker/housekeeper/venue manager when necessary, on occasional basis.
  • Carries out IT tasks, such as downloading cameras and making photo CDs.
  • Develops personal skills, making the most of their personal time and the opportunity of living and working in Coniston.       


  • Assists with the maintenance, preparation, organisation and issuing of equipment.
  • Helps keep resources such as maps, evening activities and games tidy and organised.                            


  • Provides a first point of contact for clients in an emergency, as and when required.
  • Contributes to the organisation’s welcoming and supportive ethos, working flexibly as and when necessary to support colleagues.


  • In addition to the duties listed here, the post holder is required to perform other duties, which are assigned from time to time.  However, such other duties will be reasonable in relation to the individual’s skills, abilities and grade.                  

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills:


  • Experience of operating in the outdoors and pursuing outdoor activities in personal time
  • Committed to a career in the outdoor sector
  • Is a good communicator, with a mature approach and the ability to communicate with a wide range of clients, and with a particular ability to empathise with the issues and needs of young people
  • Is able to demonstrate a love for the outdoors and an eagerness to share this with others
  • Willingness to learn new skills, with the ability to self asses and remain open to feedback from others to further enhance own performance
  • A committed team player, able to listen, share, give and receive support and advice and able to resolve differences and find ways to move forward.
  • Is able to demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the roles of others.
  • A commitment to being involved in all aspects of centre life and to participate in centre duties as required
  • Is able to swim and demonstrate a level of fitness which involves long hill days and expeditions throughout the year.
  • An understanding of Health and Safety issues pertaining to outdoor activities
  • Self-motivated, with ability to work under own initiative
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Flexibility: flexible attitude to work and working hours, open to change and personal development


  • Previous working/ volunteering experience with people: youth work, caring role, outdoor centre – general experience of working with the public.
  • Experience of participating in outdoor activities in a variety of venues and contexts.
  • Formal outdoor training/qualification / First Aid Certificate
  • Knowledge of National Governing Bodies e.g. BCU, MLT etc. and professional qualifications
  • Bike maintenance skills
  • Awareness of environmental and access issues
  • Soft skills: basic ICT, presentation, facilitation, reviewing and report writing

Personal qualities:

To be considered for this role, you will need to have:

  • Be a good communicator and empathise with the issues and needs of young people
  • The willingness to learn new skills, with the ability to self asses and remain open to feedback from others to further enhance own performance
  • A commitment to being involved in all aspects of centre life and to participate in centre duties as required
  • Committed to a career in the outdoor sector

Qualifications required:


  • Educated to GCSE standard, or equivalent in English and Maths.


About the employer

Employer: Brathay Hall Trust

Description: At Brathay we know that everyone has the capacity to do extraordinary things that can inspire and benefit others. This drives our mission to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. We support our charitable efforts through enterprising fundraising events, together with the knowledge in our research hub, and complementary professional activity that delivers organisational and people development consultancy to private and public sector organisations. Our collaborative approach is built upon mutual trust that reaches out to touch communities across the UK from our inspiring Lake District base. Our expert teams welcome people of all ages and from all walks of life to discover the Brathay effect, enthused by a simple belief in the transformational power of people working together.

Training provider:


Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working - you will gain knowledge and experience through working in a centre environment. The Apprenticeship will enable you to prepare, lead and review appropriate outdoor activity sessions in a safe, engaging and inclusive manner and is ideally suited for anyone who works as an activity leader, outdoor instructor, or specific job role such as a climbing wall instructor.

What will I learn?

During your Apprenticeship you will study a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification in Activity Leadership, covering subjects like health and safety, teamwork, and planning, leading and concluding sessions. You can also cover topics like empowering disabled participants, leading adventurous activities, and handling finances.

Your qualification consists of five Mandatory (core) units:

  • Prepare for a session
  • Lead a session
  • Conclude and review a session
  • Contribute to the work of your team
  • Promote safety in the sport and activity environment
  • and two Optional units, chosen from the following:
  • Administer finance and information
  • Contribute to joint working with other organisations
  • Support the development of the sport or activity
  • Set up, take down and store equipment
  • Maintain sport and recreation equipment and facilities
  • Develop customer relationships
  • Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
  • Support the protection of children from abuse
  • Look after participants who are away from home
  • Enable people with disabilities to take part in activities
  • Contribute to adventurous activities
  • Contribute to participants’ personal and social development
  • Contribute to participants’ exploration and
  • Understanding of the natural environment

In this apprenticeship, you will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning outdoor activity leadership through a Technical Certificate such as: Level 2 Award Employment Awareness in the Outdoors

Based on previous qualifications, apprentices also work towards Functional Skills Maths / English at the appropriate level.

Hours of work:

Based on 40 hours per week (usually Mon-Fri with occasional weekend work)


National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage: £3.50 p/h.


Low Bank Ground, Coniston

Closing date:

05 Jun 2017

How to apply:

To be considered for this vacancy an application form must be completed. Applications must be on a Brathay application form found at: https://www.brathay.org.uk/join-our-team and sent to hrteam@brathay.org.uk by 9am on 5th June 2017.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website: https://www.brathay.org.uk/join-our-team

It’s important to complete this form in full, answering all questions to the best of your ability, take your time and don’t rush your application. If you’re unsure and need support you can contact the Kendal College Apprenticeship Team on apprenticeships@kendal.ac.uk or 01539 814725

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