Trainee Instructor & Modern Apprenticeship (MA)

With a Modern Apprenticeship you learn on the job, and get the experience you need. Plus, you work towards a qualification.

The next opportunity for an MA start will be January 2021 

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MA 'Sports Coaching' at SCQF Level 5

A work based vocational course designed to introduce candidates to the role of the instructor in the outdoor activity industry in Scotland. Includes:

Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Level 5: Sports Coaching.

7 months work experience; BASP 2 day 1st aid certificate

Personal skill certificates in: BCU paddle sports, RYA Dinghy sailing.

Logged experience of: Mountain days, climbs, mountain bike days, snowsports.

Knowledge of: Personal protective clothing & equipment; navigation; weather; Health & safety & incident procedure

Ross Laurie completed MA at SCQF Level 5 March 2018. Ross achieved: SVQ Activity Leadership; BASP Outdoor Emergency 1st Aid certificate; Summer Mountain Leadership Training; Archery GB Instructor; Salomon rental technician certificate as well as personal skills in paddle sports, climbing, sailing and skiing. Ross progressed to MA Outdoor Education at SCQF Level 6/7.

 

Ross why did you decide to take up this MA opportunity? ‘Love the outdoors. This job lets me do the activities I enjoy. Because its a Christian place I can also grow in my faith.'

What have you learned/gained from the MA? ‘Life skills. People skills. Communication skills.'

What are the benefits of combining working in the industry whilst studying? 'Good balance of 'study' and 'work' keeps it fresh.'

Would you recommend an MA to another young person? 'Yes because its fun and you learn a lot and grow as a person with your experiences.'

Photo taken by Anthony MacMillan photography

MA 'Outdoor Education' at SCQF Level 6/7

 

A work based vocational course designed to consolidate candidate’s outdoor experience and equip them for the role of coach/instructor in the outdoor activity industry in Scotland. Includes:

Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Level 6/7: Outdoor Education

2 years work experience;

2 coach/leader/instructor awards typically taken from the following list: Summer Mountain Leader award; Rock climbing Instructor Award, Climbing Wall Instructor Award; Mountain Bike leader Level 2; BC Paddlesports Instructor Award, D1 endorsement on driving licence, RYA Dinghy Instructor, BASI Alpine level 1 Instructor, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Powerboat safety boat endorsement.

Mark MacKenzie completed MA at Level 6/7 in November 2017. Mark achieved: SVQ Outdoor Education; UKCC BCU level 1 coach and SCA paddle-ability foundation award; Archery GB Instructor; Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership award; Silver Velotech bike maintenance certificate; RYA Seamanship Skills & RYA Safety Boat certificates.

 

Mark what have you learned/gained from the MA?

‘Loads! How the industry works, what I am good at as an instructor, not just my personal skills in the activity.'

What are the benefits of combining working in the industry whilst studying?

'I ain't just someone with qualifications but also experience'

What are your plans for the future? How will you be able to use the skills gained in the MA?

'Hopefully by helping kids with difficult backgrounds through the outdoors'

MA 'Sports Coaching' at SCQF Level 5

Duncan what have you learned/gained from the MA?

‘More confidence in working with groups and leadership skills'.

What are the benefits of combining working in the industry whilst studying?

'Its a lot easier because most of the evidence you need to get you're doing anyway'

What are your plans for the future? How will you be able to use the skills gained in the MA?

'Going to university, will be able to use a lot of the leadership skills I've gained and some of the qualifications for (volunteering on) SU camps'

Would you recommend an MA to another young person?

‘Yes because its an easy way to get qualified while just doing your job.'

Duncan MacDonald August 2019

 

Duncan completed MA at SCQF level 5 in August 2019. Duncan achieved: SVQ Activity Leadership; Velotech Silver mountain bike maintenance certificate; Archery GB Instructor; BASP Outdoor Emergency 1st Aid; Sports Scotland Safeguarding certificate; BC Foundation Safety Rescue Training; RYA Competent Crew; RYA dinghy level 2.

MA 'Outdoor Education' at SCQF Level 6/7

"Glencoe Outdoor Centre is a beautiful and homely venue hidden away in the middle of the awesome landscape of the Scottish Highlands. It will quickly feel like home and the views never become less spectacular.

The more you get involved in the outdoor Industry, the more you realise that it includes much more than just being an exciting group leader that delivers fun activities. You have to spend time planning, preparing paperwork and reviewing sessions. The MA is a helpful structure to guide you through the process of understanding and practically using some of the "behind the scenes" skills that come with being involved in the outdoor industry." Nathan Low January 2017

 

Nathan completed MA at SCQF level 6/7 in May 2014. Nathan achieved: SVQ Outdoor Education; Summer Mountain Leader award; Single Pitch award; Trail Cycle Leader; UKCC BCU level 1 coach.

MA 'Outdoor Education' at SCQF Level 6/7

Joel what have you learned/gained from the MA?

‘Leadership and organisational skills and confidence.'

What are the benefits of combining working in the industry whilst studying?

'You gain a qualification that is more than just writing. You gain true experience and understanding of what happens in the background.'

What are your plans for the future? How will you be able to use the skills gained in the MA?

'Hopefully work in a similar role.'

Would you recommend an MA to another young person?

‘Yes. Gain own responsibility and independence. Gives a goal with motivation.'

Joel Bamsey November 2019

 

Joel completed MA at SCQF Level 6/7 in November 2019. Joel achieved: SVQ Outdoor Education; Archery GB Instructor; BASP Outdoor Emergency 1st Aid; Sports Scotland Safeguarding certificate; BC Paddle sports Instructor (PIA); RYA Competent Crew; RYA dinghy Seamanship Skills; Summer Mountain Leader Training; Mountain Bike level 2 coach training.

MA 'Outdoor Education' at SCQF Level 6/7

"I started the MA level 3 as a natural progression from the MA at Level 5 which I completed March 2017. I have learned how to deal with people, work loads, timings and organisation. l had good support when needed." Ross Laurie August 2019

 

Ross Laurie completed MA at SCQF Level 6/7 in August 2019. Ross achieved: SVQ Outdoor Education; RYA Day Skipper Practical & Theory certificates; RYA Safety Boat certificate; RYA dinghy Seamanship skills certificate; BC Paddle sports Instructor Award (PIA); Summer Mountain Leader training; Climbing Wall Instructor training; Level 2 mountain bike leader training.

What are the benefits of an MA?

To the apprentice?

You will receive coaching experience and NGB qualifications while you work.

To the employer?

Funding, assistance in recruiting trainees, structure, development of your existing instructors and staff retention.

To apply: Please email 
samantha@glencoeoutdoorcentre.org.uk 
with your CV including date of birth, qualifications, hobbies or interests and a photo.

Tel: 01855 811350

email: office@glencoeoutdoorcentre.org.uk

Contact Us:

​​Carnoch House, Glencoe, Argyll, PH49 4HS, Scotland.

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