Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn. The NEW Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship (England) is designed specifically for working in outdoor learning. Other schemes are available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Bespoke training or development schemes
A number of employers and training organisations offer seasonal, fast track, trainee, or volunteer schemes for aspiring outdoor professionals. They vary in scope and depth - look at the IOL jobs page to see current opportunities.
College and higher education courses
Have a look at IOL Approved HE Courses - they have all demonstrated the course is relevant for working in outdoor learning, the teaching staff are skilled, knowledgeable and experienced, and the institution shows active support for IOL and the sector.
Activity instructor courses and NGB awards
A great starting point if you looking to work in a voluntary capacity or want to be ready to move in to a part-time of full-time outdoor learning role. Look for a training course from a National Governing Body in the sport or activity you are interested in. As you complete each award you will probably be able to find freelance work coaching or instructing others.