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Outdoor Apprenticeships

Further your career outside

New opportunities are waiting, are you ready?


An apprenticeship is a real job with training, enabling learners to earn while they learn and to achieve nationally recognised qualifications.
Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England and can last from 12 months to four years, depending on the type or level of the programme. Apprentices can be either new or current employees.

The NEW Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship focuses on training individuals who are new to the sector to run safe and enjoyable activity sessions with children and adults. IOL Project Management assisted employers drawn from across the breadth of the Outdoor Sector to collaborate and produce a ground-breaking new Trailblazer Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship Standard. The standard is at Level 3, lasts 12-18 months, and has no set training syllabus so can be bespoke to each Apprentice, include the use of relevant NGB awards, and attract up to £6000 of funding towards off-the-job training and end-point assessment per apprentice..

Employers and IOL are now biding to Government to create further Trailblazer Apprenticeships appropriate for more complex roles. More details here.



Andy Robinson

"This new apprenticeship is a game changer – built by employers, this single Standard encompasses all job types across the sector, is well funded and for the first time recognises the sectors use of NGB awards – Fantastic”.

Andy Robinson – CEO Institute for Outdoor Learning.


Mark Lavington

“The help and support provided to the employer group by IOL, and Neal Anderson in particular, has been exemplary. This new Apprenticeship will enable employers, small and large, to boost their business by providing a pipeline of incredibly well-trained new employees”.

Mark Lavington – Chair Employer Outdoor Instructor Trailblazer Group.





(%) Increase in funding band for employers who move to the OAI Standard


(£) Is the upper limit of the funding band for the Outdoor Activity Apprenticeship


Employers contributed to the design of the Outdoor Apprenticeship Standard


Join the Workforce Training Employer Group

IOL Organisational Members and AHOEC Members are invited to nominate one member of their team to be part of the FREE ONLINE Workforce Training Employer Group for apprenticeships and staff training. Members will be part of a email list where they can ask questions and get answers from the outdoor trailblazer employer group, the IOL team and colleagues facing similar issues such as apprenticeship funding, training options, recruitment, etc.

To register as part of the group email IOL using the link provided with the name of your organisation and the name and email address of the person who you are nominating to be a member of the Trainee and Apprentice Development Employer Group.



 Read about the history of the trailblazer group and the development of the Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship



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