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Employer-Led Apprenticeships

Employer-Led Apprenticeships

Employer-Led Apprenticeships


The Department of Business Industry and Skills (BIS) has given permission to create a new Employer Led Trailblazer Apprenticeship for the outdoor sector.

This IOL page is for the Employer-Led group to share key background details and development papers. Their intent is to develop apprenticeships that:

  • Will be appropriate for the full range of job specialisms making up the Outdoor Sector.
  • Will meet the needs of the full range of delivery models in the sector.
  • Will be appropriate for employees working in Outdoor Education; Recreation; Adventure; Tourism and any other aspects.
  • Will be based heavily on current known and valued in-sector training and assessment courses.


Information for Employers and Training Organisations

Guidance: Employer guide to apprenticeships

Information about how funding for apprenticeships will work from May 2017

How to register and use the apprenticeship service as an employer

Become an apprenticeship training provider

Register of end point assessment organisations


Latest Consultation Documents

May 2018

Following development and consultations the employer group have submitted the Outdoor Activities Instructor Apprenticeship Standard for review by the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Department for Education. The submitted versions are below - we welcome any comments direct to the Project Manager.


Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship, Level 3 End-point Assessment Plan


Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship, Level 2 End-point Assessment Plan



Outdoor Activity Instructor FINAL V2



Apprenticeship Standard for Outdoor Activity Instructor


Typical Apprentice Journey

Typical Apprentice Journey



Project Update and FAQ’s




Project Update and FAQ’s



Join the Working Group, Virtual Group or Email Group.

To contribute to the shaping of the standards and assessment standards or be kept up to date with progress, you are invited to join one of our three project groups: List of current group members.

Working Group - To physically meet to design the required standards and assessment model

Virtual Group - To be kept up-to-speed on developments and periodically be asked to contribute their view via on-line consultations

Informed Group - To follow progress without needing to be actively involved.

To ADD, CHANGE OR REMOVE your name from a group please email Louise at IOL


Record of previous Meetings and Consultations

  • WORKING GROUP - October 4th - @PGL, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
  • OPEN CONSULTATION - October 13/14 - @IOL National Conference - Stone, Staffordshire
  • WORKING GROUP - October 18th - @Kendal College, Cumbria
  • VIRTUAL GROUP + WORKING GROUP - 28 October 2016 - Receive documents for comment
  • WORKING GROUP - 3 November 2016, 5-6 - Online GoToMeeting
  • WORKING GROUP - 10 November 2016, 10-3 - @JCA Condover Hall, Shropshire
  • VIRTUAL GROUP + WORKING GROUP - 2 December 2016 - Receive documents for comment
  • WORKING GROUP - 8 December 2016, 10.00-11.00 - Online GoToMeeting
  • OUTDOOR SECTOR + VIRTUAL GROUP + WORKING GROUP - 15 December 2016 - Receive documents for comment. Online Survey open.
  • WORKING GROUP - 10 January 2017, 10-3 - @Kingswood Dearne Valley, Doncaster (Online Survey Closed)
  • WORKING GROUP - 1 March 2017, 10.00-11.00 - Online GoToMeeting
  • WORKING GROUP - 29 March 2017, 10-3 - @FSC Bishops Wood, Stourport-on-Severn
  • WORKING GROUP - 20 April 2017, 10.00-11.00 - Online GoToMeeting

Further Information

Guidance for groups of employers (trailblazers) on proposing and developing a new apprenticeship standard.

Guidance: Employer guide to apprenticeships

Information about how funding for apprenticeships will work from May 2017


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the relationship between IOL and the Employer Led Apprenticeship?

IOL as the professional body in the sector are working in partnership the employer led initiative. The Employer Group has asked Neal Anderson from IOL to take a project management role in helping that group consult and produce its standards, assessment thinking and governance thoughts for submission to BIS. The Institute will use the apprenticeship standards developed by employers to inform an update and revision of some of our professional standards.

Find out more about the IOL Professional Standards Update

How can I get involved in the Employer Led Apprenticeship Development?

If you are an employer and would like further information or to chat about the opportunity to get involved please contact:

Mark Lavington
Employer Led Trailblazer Chair
PGL. Manager – HR External Partnerships.
Mobile: 07977 987712
Office switchboard: 0333 321 2100 - Email.

How can I get involved in the IOL Professional Standards Development?

You can follow progress on the IOL website or get in touch with Neal directly to discuss your thoughts and comments:

Neal Anderson
IOL Professional Standards Manager
Mobile: 07899 856518 - Email.



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