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Trainee Instructor - Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Education (Cairngorms National Park)

Trainee Instructor

Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Education

Cairngorms National Park


Interview Date: TBC

Start Date: 17th August 2020 (subject to Government advice)

Due to the current situation with the Corona Virus, and to stay in line with Government advice we cannot specify a date for interview for the listed vacancies. It is our ambition to hold an interview at Lagganlia in person as soon as it is safe to do so, and Government advice allows it. However, if this is not possible an alternative method of interview will be considered.


The Scheme

We aim to recruit four individuals each year on to the Instructor Development Scheme. This scheme will provide these people the opportunity of one year’s training and development.

Our instructor development scheme is a part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Outdoor Learning Team. Operating from three different local education centres one based in the City of Edinburgh itself, while the second is based in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park near Dunoon, and the third based in the Cairngorm National Park near Aviemore, which is where this post is based for the year.

During your time with us you may have the opportunity to work in all three centres gaining experience working in different environments/groups improving your personal skill set as well as working towards and gaining NGB awards.

Our Outdoor Learning courses are part of the Curriculum of Excellence and we add valuable content and experience to each pupils learning journey in their School career. Helping facilitate and encouraging individuals to be Successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. They also learn to respect the interests of others, build a love for the environment and take shared responsibility for their learning and own actions. These courses give depth to the personal and social education of the pupil allowing them to build their personal skills as well as exercising important social skills, such as team work and leadership.

This scheme is aimed at those who are already resilient participants in the outdoor world and want to formalise what they already do into a solid career as an outdoor learning practitioner. This is ideally someone who enjoys and actively participates in activities such as hill walking, rock climbing, paddle sport, mountain biking, snow sports, and sailing, and uses their spare time to pursue these activities.

We offer training, mentoring and practical experience in all the things that make an outdoor residential centre tick. We aim to build on practical experience so you can progress from basic instructing to facilitating sessions at a high professional standard.

To maximize the opportunities you will receive a programme of:

Outdoor Learning Practitioner Training: Theory and practical sessions focusing on Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning will be run in conjunction with existing senior staff and EOL’s associate staff team. A developmental programme of shadowing and later facilitating your own outdoor learning course will be the desired learning outcome over the twelve months.

Practical NGB Training: NGB’s are the practical building blocks of a solid all-round outdoor practitioner; this may include, MT Summer Mountain Leader Training, MT Rock Climbing awards, BCU UKCC Level 1, Snowsports Scotland Trainee/Instructor award, British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike and GB Archery Instructor. Each student will receive an individualized programme through their year which is relevant to their chosen path and the centres needs.

Operational Training: A programme of maintenance and trade training that will allow individual’s to operate in any centre and contribute to the daily operations of EOL. Awards such as Velotech Silver Bicycle maintenance, ski/snowboard servicing, ski lift maintenance and practical experience in repairing of outdoor gear as well as general maintenance and gardening. We will also aim to put you through your D1 driving test (Subject to requirements).

All this will happen alongside a busy programme of residential outdoor learning which you will be an active part of throughout the evening and weekend programme. You will have access to advice and support to go adventuring in your time off to assist your NGB development. We require a high level of commitment for 12 months; this scheme is not paid however we will provide full board and Accommodation, as well as a training budget.

We require you to have held a clean driving license for a minimum of 2 years and be a minimum of 21years of age.

Please apply via CV to the below email address

Tel: 01540 651 265

Gordon Ainslie, Lead Instructor

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