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.