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12

Jul

2016

Creating higher valued outdoor learning: IOL National Conference 2016

The IOL vision is ‘Outdoor learning as a highly valued form of development, education and employment in UK society’.  The desire to help others derive more value from engaging with the many different forms of outdoor learning lies at the heart of my commitment to IOL.  I’m clear we all need to develop our thinking and practices if we are to achieve this.

The Institute’s National Conference  is a key point in the outdoor learning calendar when we have the opportunity to join up our thinking.  It is a time to be challenged by others, to learn from their experience and to encourage practices that have greater impact and are more valuable for those we work with.  I spent some time over the past year considering what we might need to make the 2016 annual Conference sufficiently challenging, learning opportunity filled and encouraging to IOL’s diverse member population.  The result is an event that draws on innovative practice, academic research and lessons from outside the UK.

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4

Jul

2016

Apprenticeships and Professional Standards

You may have picked up that IOL are working in partnership with a group of employers to develop new apprenticeships for the outdoors.  This involves identifying sufficiently generic job roles in outdoor learning provision and what we would need a competent person to be able to do in that role, as well as deciding how to assess they are competent.  As the relatively recent call from Westminster to develop such ‘trailblazer apprenticeships’ coincides with the need for IOL’s professional accreditations to go through a review, the employer’s group and IOL have decided to ensure the two pieces of work inform each other.  The employer’s group has recently received the go ahead from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to start work on the first of the apprenticeship levels.

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