Volunteer Trainee Instructor: Spring to autumn season 2018
Location: Grantown-on-Spey
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Date Posted: 11/10/2017
Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd
Craggan Golf Course,
PH26 3NT
01479 873283

Volunteer Trainee Instructor: Spring to autumn season 2018


Craggan Outdoors, based at Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, is recruiting for it's Volunteer Trainee Instructor programme for the 2016 season. Craggan Outdoors was a ‘Best Outdoor Adventure Experience' finalist in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2016, & also in 'Best Outdoor Venue' in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016 & '17. The centre offers a wide range of activities, 60-bed bunkhouse accommodation & a licensed cafe venue, to a wide-ranging client base. Our website www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk will provide further insight.

The Role
Our Trainee Instructors are immersed in the operation of a small-to-medium sized centre. An initial 8-week induction, followed by ongoing on-the-job training & development, will ensure that you are able to play an integral part in the success of the 2018 season. This will include preparation & delivery of any activities in which you are qualified, assisting in others, maintenance & cleaning of kit, equipment & the centre itself, & assisting in the cafe & accommodation.

This will be coupled with your personal commitment to gain further knowledge & experience in your free time, & depending upon the level of your commitment, our further commitment to put you through a range of NGB qualifications. Those secured by participants over the last few years have included Archery Instructor, TCL training & assessment / MBLA, Velotech, BCU Star awards to 4-Star level, Level 1 & Level 2 paddlesport coach, Swift Water Rescue Technician, White Water Safety & Rescue, SPA & SML training & assessment, as well as in-house accreditation in laser clay pigeon shooting, gorge walking, high ropes, mini Highland Games, mini-quads, team problem solving, raft building & zip wire; & other 'soft skills' workplace qualifications such as Fundamentals in Food Hygiene, & the Scottish Award for Licensed Premises Staff.

The Candidate
Being THE BEST, we are looking for THE BEST! A great attitude & personality, innate people skills, a strong work ethic, commitment, & a desire to learn & succeed are critical. You will also be able to demonstrate an ongoing & current passion for the outdoor activities environment. This will be demonstrated by you already holding at least one NGB qualification in an activity offered at Craggan Outdoors, but likely more, as well as a valid 2-day First Aid qualification, along with a clearly apparent recent history of activity participation.

The Rewards

As well as the invaluable on-the-job training & experience that you will gain – the sort of 'real world' experience that it is impossible to achieve on paid-for courses – the qualifications that your commitment should ensure that you achieve – an action plan of NGBs is agreed with all trainees & we pay all fees – & a great team atmosphere with like-minded individuals in an award-winning family-run centre, we also offer accommodation, some meals, two days off per week to get out & 'play', & a £140 per week ‘apprentice’ living allowance.

The Process
If you are serious about building a career in the outdoor activities sector, & serious about committing to spending March to October 2018 gaining experience & qualifications at one of the UK's leading outdoor centres, then we'd like to hear from you. Send your CV & covering letter by email to centre owner Keith Ballam on info@cragganoutdoors.co.uk, outlining clearly how you meet the requirements for the role. Feel free to call Keith on 07866 698307 if you'd like to chat beforehand.

Closing date is Friday 29th December 2017. You must be available to attend a selection weekend on Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February 2018. Please do not apply if you are not available for these dates, or for an expected start date of Monday 5th March 2018. Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.

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