Trainee Tutor Apprenticeship Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council (FSC) are looking for Trainee Tutors! The Graduate Development Programme which is designed to prepare individuals with the skills and attributes to become Outdoor Education Tutors. During the programme each Trainee Tutor will work towards a nationally recognised Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship qualification.

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

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Closing date: 26 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £22,308.00

    * Benefits: Holidays - 28 days + bank holidays Pension Sick Pay 24hr Counselling Helpline Service Life Assurance Health Cash Plan Staff discounts Accommodation can be provided on a chargeable basis (subject to availability)

  • Working week

    Days and shifts to be confirmed - some weeks this will be more and some weeks less.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    10 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000249966

  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Learn to provide active outdoor learning in a variety of environments, weather conditions and terrain, being able to deliver standard courses to visiting primary and secondary groups. 
  • Learn more about how to work with and support teaching staff in course delivery, involving welcoming groups and preparing classrooms, resources, equipment, and IT. 
  • Support in the delivery of community and outreach activities and events. 
  • Be a part of our duty system that requires evening or overnight cover – an important part of the service provision to our groups and learners as well as a core part of working in this industry.  
  • Build your skills in adaptability as you navigate working with new people and adapt to new environments. 
  • The opportunity to be based in a couple of different Field Studies Council locations during your time with us – each centre has a unique learning experience to offer you and those you deliver learning experiences to. 
  • The opportunity to learn alongside experienced teams as well as your fellow cohort of Trainee Tutors, building an invaluable network of professional contacts along the way 

The training you will be getting

Are you keen to start your environmental education career? 

Join our team on our Trainee Tutor Apprenticeship programme!

Alongside your studies, you will build experience working with primary and secondary schools to deliver curriculum-linked activities that will increase students’ understanding of nature and the environment. 

The current locations involved in the programme are listed below, but subject to change;
– Blencathra (Lake District)
– Juniper Hall (Surrey)
– Nettlecombe Court (Somerset)
– Preston Montford (Shropshire)
– Slapton Ley (South Devon)

The programme will involve on and off the job training, professional development, and assessment, and it is currently anticipated that the programme will be as follows:
• 10 days Induction and Safety Training
• Level 3 Award Learning in Beyond the Classroom
• Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid
• Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Walk Leadership

Qualifications and skills:

  • Essential:  We are looking for individuals who are educated to degree level in Science, Geography, Environmental Studies or a closely allied discipline.
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths if required.
  • Experience of and enthusiasm for being in the outdoor environment. 
  • The ability to use standard office software, social media and SMART technology to effectively support learning.
  • A great work ethic where aptitude and attitude are key. 
  • A natural pride in your work and impact. 
  • A flexible and adaptive approach able to perform using your own initiative both independently and as a team player. 
  • A professional approach to all that you do.  
  • Empathy with the aims and objectives of Field Studies Council.
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges.

What will you gain?

  • Learn to provide active outdoor learning in a variety of environments, weather conditions and terrain, being able to deliver standard courses to visiting primary and secondary groups.
  • Learn more about how to work with and support teaching staff in course delivery, involving welcoming groups and preparing classrooms, resources, equipment, and IT.
  • Support in the delivery of community and outreach activities and events.
  • Be a part of our duty system that requires evening or overnight cover – an important part of the service provision to our groups and learners as well as a core part of working in this industry.
  • Build your skills in adaptability as you navigate working with new people and adapt to new environments.
  • The opportunity to be based in a couple of different Field Studies Council locations during your time with us – each centre has a unique learning experience to offer you and those you deliver learning experiences to.
  • The opportunity to learn alongside experienced teams as well as your fellow cohort of Trainee Tutors, building an invaluable network of professional contacts along the way

Does this sound like something you would love to do? Come and be part of the team! We look forward to your application.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Following successful completion of this programme, more than 80% of our apprentice tutors go on to be employed as permanent tutors with the Field Studies Council!


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness

Qualifications

Other Degree in Science, Geography, Environment Studies (Grade Third Class Honours or above) Essential

Things to consider

This is a fixed term contract starting August 2024 until October 2025 £22,308 per annum + excellent benefits + accommodation available (subject to availability)

About the employer

Field Studies Council is an environmental education charity. Founded in 1943, we are best known for providing residential and day field trips for those studying biology and geography. But our mission is to create outstanding opportunities for everyone to learn about nature.

Employer

Field Studies Council

Address

Preston Montford

Montford Bridge

Shrewsbury

SY4 1HW

Contact

Becky Langman

b.langman@field-studies-council.org

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Training

Training provider

CHANNEL TRAINING LIMITED

Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Contact

Becky Langman (Trainee Tutor Coordinator)

b.langman@field-studies-council.org

Apprenticeship standard

Outdoor activity instructor

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications


Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 26 May 2024