Volunteer Trainee Instructor
Grantown-on-Spey, Cairngorms National Park
Spring to autumn season 2019
Craggan Outdoors, based at Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, is recruiting for it's Volunteer Trainee Instructor programme for the 2019 season. Craggan Outdoors was awarded ‘Best Outdoor & Learning Centre' in the Scottish Enterprise Awards 2018, & has been a finalist also in 'Best Outdoor Venue' in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016, '17 & ‘18. The centre offers a wide range of activities, 60-bed bunkhouse accommodation & a licensed cafe venue, to a wide-ranging client base. Our website www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk will provide further insight.
Our Trainee Instructors are immersed in the operation of a small-to-medium sized centre. An initial 8-week induction, followed by ongoing on-the-job training & development, will ensure that you are able to play an integral part in the success of the 2019 season. This will include preparation & delivery of any activities in which you are qualified, assisting in others, maintenance & cleaning of kit, equipment & the centre itself, & assisting in the cafe & accommodation.
This will be coupled with your personal commitment to gain further knowledge & experience in your free time, & depending upon the level of your commitment, our further commitment to put you through a range of NGB qualifications. Those secured by our 2018 season trainees were Archery Instructor, Level 2 MTB, Summer ML Training & Assessment, RCI Training & Assessment, CWI Training, FSRT & Paddlesport Instructor, as well as in-house accreditation in laser clay pigeon shooting, gorge walking, high ropes, mini Highland Games, mini-quads, team problem solving, raft building & zip wire; & other 'soft skills' workplace qualifications such as Fundamentals in Food Hygiene, & the Scottish Award for Licensed Premises Staff.
Being THE BEST, we are looking for THE BEST! A great attitude & personality, innate people skills, a strong work ethic, commitment, & a desire to learn & succeed are critical. You will also be able to demonstrate an ongoing & current passion for the outdoor activities environment. This will be demonstrated by you already holding at least one NGB qualification in an activity offered at Craggan Outdoors, but likely more, as well as a valid 2-day First Aid qualification, along with a clearly apparent recent history of activity participation.
As well as the invaluable on-the-job training & experience that you will gain – the sort of 'real world' experience that it is impossible to achieve on paid-for courses – the qualifications that your commitment should ensure that you achieve – an action plan of NGBs is agreed with all trainees & we pay all fees – & a great team atmosphere with like-minded individuals in an award-winning family-run centre, we also offer accommodation, some meals, two days off per week to get out & 'play', & a £148 per week ‘apprentice’ living allowance.
If you are serious about building a career in the outdoor activities sector, & serious about committing to spending March to October 2019 gaining experience & qualifications at one of the UK's leading outdoor centres, then we'd like to hear from you. Send your CV & covering letter by email to centre owner Keith Ballam on firstname.lastname@example.org, outlining clearly how you meet the requirements for the role. Feel free to call Keith on 07866 698307 if you'd like to chat beforehand.
Closing date is Friday 28th December 2018. You must be available to attend a selection weekend on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th January 2019. Please do not apply if you are not available for these dates, or for an expected start date of Monday 11th March 2018. Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.