Additional Information 

If you are reading this, you have already taken your first step towards a potential future career in Outdoor Learning. The information below sets out some key points to help you gain a better understanding of our apprenticeship and help you decide as to whether this might be for you.

Application & Selection

To apply please send an up-to-date CV with accompanying cover letter to Your letter should provide information on why you would like to join our apprenticeship programme and the skills you can bring to the team.

Selection is carried out over a 2-day residential here at Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre where you will have the opportunity to explore the activities and facilities we have and meet the staff team. This includes participation in a range of outdoor activities and associated tasks to help you understand the role of the instructor.

The closing date for all applications is 15 September and our selection dates are 6/7 October 2019.

Start Date & Duration: Our apprenticeship programme will start in early November and runs for 2 years.

Training, Assessment & Qualifications

The Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor apprenticeship trains and prepares you to run a variety of fun and safe activity sessions to a wide range of participants. All training is carried out on site by our experienced instructor team and through courses run by external trainers.

End Point Assessment (EPA) is carried out by an external body after a minimum of 12 months training; competencies are graded against a set of standards relating to the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for this job role. Some activities require instructors to hold National Governing Body awards and apprentices work towards a range of these over the 2 years such as BC L1 Paddlesport Instructor, Archery GB instructor, ERCA and MIAS L1.

Duties and Responsibilities

Our apprentices are part of the Activities Team and you will be hands on from day one.  You will work alongside our experienced instructors to gain the technical and soft skills required for the job.  

Key duties include:

  • preparing for sessions,
  • setting up/packing down equipment,
  • maintenance of equipment and facilities,
  • session delivery working towards specific outcomes or goals for the group and
  • safety checks.

In addition to these work based skills you will need to produce a portfolio of evidence some of which will need to be undertaken in your own time.


The centre is operational 7 days a week and your contract will be for 40hrs per week, however hours each week may fluctuate to meet the operational needs of the Centre and reflect the demands of high season.

Hours are generally 0830 -1730 with some additional evening sessions.

Employee Benefits:

  • 35 days paid annual leave per annum (including bank holidays, as you may be asked to work some dates)
  • Meals whilst on duty
  • On the job training and continuing professional development

Pay: in year 1 apprentices will earn £8,840 per annum, which will rise to a minimum of £18,000 in year two.

Living arrangements

On site shared accommodation is provided in a 10-room lodge. Apprentices have single rooms with shared bathroom, kitchen and living areas. Rent is  currently charged at £25 per week including bills. 

Any Questions?

If you have any further questions or would like to have an informal chat about any aspects of our apprenticeship, please do get in touch using the contact details below.

Helen Carr (Learning and Leadership Officer | UK Youth)

Email:   Direct: 01425 675107   Tel: 01425 672347  #456

Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8EE

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"The apprenticeship has been fun, enjoyable and allowed me to gain qualifications that I need and skills I can improve on for my career. It also provided me with new challenges and has allowed me to interact with so many different people" 

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Friendly Staff Team

“The apprenticeship has been phenomenal! I received loads of support with progressing my career and it has definitely been life changing.”


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