Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprentice Ferny Crofts

12 month Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership. You will be trained to assist/deliver a range of outdoor and adventure activities as well as learning about the general running of a busy outdoor activity centre.

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

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Closing date: 12 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    30 hours per week - though you will be required to work more hours in the peak summer season as paid overtime.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

This post is for an apprentice multi activity instructor. The centre delivers a huge range of activities including mountain biking, climbing wall, high ropes course, abseiling, bushcraft, raft building, rifle shooting assault course,  archery, problem solving, and orienteering and much more. For full details see their website below.

This post will also require the candidates to work in an assistant capacity across the site to obtain an all-round knowledge of centre based work.  All staff are expected to take their share of cleaning and maintenance work. Training is given in all areas as part of the position. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills


  • Some experience in outdoor activities.
  • Some experience in scouting (as a memeber or leader).


  • A passion for personal development through outdoor activities.

Personal qualities

  • Outgoing
  • Can do attitude
  • Approachable
  • Well presented
  • Friendly
  • Committed
  • Enthusiastic
  • Independent
  • Fit and keen to learn

A positive drive to develop your personal skills in adventurous activities is essential.

Qualifications required


  • 5 GCSEs, or equivalent, A*-C.


  • No formal qualifications are required.

Please be aware we may ask to see copies of your qualifications.

Future prospects

Potential to move on to a Trainee Instructor program, other Level 3 qualifications or a full time instructor role. Links with other outdoor providers, centres and clubs will enhance future opportunities.  A range of NGB awards dependent upon individual, However you are likely to gain, GB Archery, NRSA, Rec level 2 First Aid Course and ERCA.

Things to consider

An essential part of working in the outdoor and active leisure industries is taking your own skills development seriously.  This means that successful candidates are usually those who can show a clear commitment to improving their personal skill in activities and working towards coaching awards. A job in the outdoor and active leisure industry is an exciting and rewarding one, but you need to be ready to get totally involved.  This will mean being flexible over hours - we often work evenings or weekends - and flexible over roles - we’re as likely to be on the end of a brush or mop as we are on the end of a rope!   Ask lots of questions to make sure you know what to expect from this varied and exciting opportunity.

About the employer

The Centre is open to all Youth, Adult and School groups, whether it be for an activity day or a full week of fully catered adventure. Highly experienced staff are always on hand to assist through the design, booking and delivery of a programme. We are approved by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, making us the perfect base for your D of E hike or your school's annual residential trip.


Ferny Crofts


Beaulieu Road


SO42 7YQ

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Training provider

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership:

  • Level 2 Award in Assisting Basic Expedition Leadership.
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning.
  • Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills English if required.
  • Level 1 or Leve 2 Functional Skills Maths if required.
  • Outdoor First Aid qualification.
  • A range of NGB awards dependent upon individual and employer aspirations.

Apprenticeship framework

Activity Leadership

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Channel Training Limited


Steve Naggs 02380845092 activities.manager@fernycrofts.org.uk

Employer's Application Instructions

Please complete our on-line application form - the information from this will be passed onto the employer directly. If you have any questions, please get in touch via email training@channelgroup.co.uk or call 01643 708715

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

Apply now

Closing date: 12 Oct 2017