Apprentice Outdoor Activity instructor Hilltop Outdoor Centre

We are looking for energetic & friendly people who are willing to learn, enjoy working with children, have a commitment to customer service & that are looking for a satisfying practical job.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    37.5 hrs/5 days p.w. rota'd

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    07 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

The job covers many bases. It offers an opportunity to work in a highly respected outdoor centre with returning clients all year round. This provides a stable work environment, rather than a very seasonal employment offered by similar centres. Due to the nature of the job, the working environment is very rewarding, with one of the best aspects of this job, seeing children achieve things they never thought they could & knowing that you had a big part to play in their success. We are looking for energetic & friendly people who are willing to learn, enjoy working with children, have a commitment to customer service & that are looking for a satisfying practical job.

You will be responsible for delivering a range of activity sessions from Archery to High Roped Activities throughout the day, as well as working with groups some evenings, to engage with them in their free time with woodland games, taking them through meal sittings, liaising with teachers and generally organising the group throughout their stay. All Instructors undergo a comprehensive onsite training and offered competitive weekly wage, staff uniform, & access to training & development opportunities that reflects the job role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The successful candidate will possess a confident outgoing personality, with excellent communication and customer service skills. Consideration should be given to the fact that this role is outdoors and physical in nature.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates that are motivated, outgoing, enthusiastic, and reliable and have an interest in working with and supporting children within a team of young friendly and experienced team of instructors.

Qualifications required

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A-E or 9- 3. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment.
Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship programme

Future prospects

Excellent long term prospects for the right candidate who proves to be reliable, flexible and hard working. These vacancies are not for short term contracts we are looking to develop established committed members to the full time team.

Things to consider

This role is outside work so will require ability to work in all weathers, all year both cold and hot. Some weekend work will be required and will be rota’d amongst all staff. As with any job working with children, we are active all of the time, making sure our clients get the most from their stay with us.

About the employer

Hilltop Outdoor Centre has been open for over 25yrs, offering residential and non residential visits. We run over 20 activities (see website) with mainly KS2 children, although our client age range is 6-Adult. The instructor team has around 20 members, with the company as a whole employing around 50. We are accessible by a 30 min walk from Sheringham, but the easiest way is via car.


Hilltop Outdoor Centre


Old Wood


NR26 8TS

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Training provider

Qualification: Level 2 Activity Leadership
College Attendance: There is no regular college attendance required as the qualification is delivered almost entirely in the workplace.
Training for all job specific tasks will be given. In addition the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks. There may be the occasional need to attend either the Otley or Easton campus for short training courses and tests.

Apprenticeship framework

Activity Leadership

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Easton and Otley college


Janet Poole

Other information

Pay Rates: The current NMW rate for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour with effect from 1st April 2017. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training. For more information visit:
Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the industry with a contract of employment

Employer is offering the National Minimum Wage applicabale, dependant on age group. This is currently:
25 and over - £7.50
21 to 24 - £7.05
18 to 20 - £5.60
Under 18 - £4.05

Working Week: 37.5 hours per week. 5 days out of 7 at work. Running activities with all age groups (predominantly 9-11yr olds). Session slots run for 3 hours, with 2 slots a day plus evening and overnight duties, rota’d so there are approximately 1 a week (dependent on how many groups are residential). When not instructing, maintenance and checks are carried out to allow the centre to function at such a high standard.

Shortlisting/Interviews - Shortlisting and interviews will take place throughout the duration of the vacancy ad. This may mean that the vacancy could close before the published cut-off date should suitable candidates be found.

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017