Apprentice Outdoor Activity Instructor


Wiltshire, BA13 4AQ

Closes in 9 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 12 June 2024


The apprentice will obtain the qualifications and skills needed to support the delivery of outdoor adventure/education activities to a wide range of customer groups throughout the Wiltshire area.

Annual wage
£12,313.60 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Outdoor activity instructor (level 3)
The candidate will normally work 5 days per week (there may be some exceptions during peak season). This will include some weekends during busy periods. A typical day will run from 8.00am - 4.00pm, however some are much longer with travel and set up etc.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Tuesday 1 October


1 Year

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

Outdoor Activity Instructor Level 3 (A level) Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Training will be a mix of in house training as well as National Governing Body Qualifications
  • These will be delivered at our sites as well as at other venues suitable to awards
  • These will vary over blocks of training at the start, followed by dropping to a day a week at the height of summer

Where you’ll work

Thoulstone Park




BA13 4AQ


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Outdoor activity instructor (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Find information on: the activity type and timings; outcome requirements; participant age; medical information; equipment and resourcing allocation; venue; weather conditions.
  • Prepare sessions to achieve the required outcomesg. enjoyment, thrill seeking, personal or team challenges, acquisition of new knowledge or skills.
  • Select methods to meet all participant needs g. visual impairment, mental and physical ability.
  • Select methods to respond to potential changes in the environmentg. wind increasing in a sailing session or rain making conditions slippery underfoot.
  • Collect appropriate equipment and resources.
  • Ensure the venue is set-up and ready to be used.
  • Maintain self and group safety when delivering the session.
  • Deliver an effective session briefing with clear instruction and following organisational procedures.
  • Perform a competent demonstration of the skills required for the activity or subject at the appropriate level for the session.
  • Provide on-going instruction to encourage learning and progression.
  • Follow organisational operating procedures to adapt to changes in the environment. E.g. thunderstorm, a wind shift to offshore in a surfing session.
  • Select and implement organisational procedures to deal with routine problems.g. broken equipment.
  • Provide basic First Aid to respond to accidents in a safe, prompt and effective manner. e.g. injured participant.
  • Initiate organisational procedures to summon support in the case of incidents or accidents.
  • Use the organisations set approaches for learning delivery.
  • Support individual and group engagement and participation in the session g. energisers, sharing responsibilities, appropriate pace.
  • Change the pace of the session to match participants’ speed of learning.
  • Identify and support the individual participants’ needs g. give personal attention, active listening, allow additional time, encouragement.
  • Apply simple techniques to deal with conflict and challenging behaviour g. redirection, increasing responsibility.
  • Use simple review techniques to check the achievement of required outcomes e.g. thumbs up; rounds; memorable moments.
  • Signpost participants to progression routes.
  • Complete a session within time, including the restoration of the venue, return of equipment and resources and any logging or recording requirements.
  • Use participant feedback and own reflection to suggest improvements to sessions.
  • Communicate with customers and colleagues in a clear, concise and effective manner.
  • Handle information in a way that conforms to policy and protects data.
  • Assist with the development and preparation of resources and support colleagues delivering sessions
  • Actively encourage whole group participation and promote equality and diversity.
  • Undertake activities to further develop knowledge and personal skills.
  • Reflect on own performance and make refinements.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade C or 4)
    • Maths (grade C or 4)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    We DO NOT have any on site accommodation. You will need to live or rent a room locally or hold a driving licence. An average week will be 37 hours, however the hours will increase in summer and decrease in winter.

    About this company

    A dynamic not for profit Christian organisation delivering outdoor learning activities across the Wiltshire area. We have vast experience in working with a wide range of ages and abilities, from small children to corporate groups, and extensive experience in working with young people with challenging behaviour. We love to 'Go wild!' in Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset - offering truly original outdoor adventure activities that challenge, develop, are educational and fun! If you cant find what you are after get in touch. We pride ourselves on being problem solvers and will be as flexible and inventive as we can to achieve the result you are after. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • Upon completion the candidate will be qualified to look at full time instructor positions potentially at WOLT or further afield and even abroad

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    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000256746.

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    Closes in 9 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

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