Outdoor Activity Apprentice Instructor

Apprenticeship in Outdoor Leadership

Professional Work Based Training 

Are you passionate about becoming an instructor in Outdoor Education - equipping yourself to lead on activities including canoeing, climbing and sailing? If so, this could be the role for you.

We’re looking to recruit Outdoor Activity Apprentice Instructors.  You will receive the very best practical and work based training and be given the opportunity to gain essential experience to achieve a variety of National Governing Body skills, coaching & leadership qualifications as well as an NVQ Level 2 Activity Leadership/Outdoor Pathway – the perfect preparation to start your career in the outdoor industry.

 National Governing Body Qualifications


  • Previous experience of outdoor adventurous activities is beneficial but not essential.

  • Ideally applicants need to have Maths and English GCSE at Grades A-D.

  • Applicants should be passionate, enthusiastic and highly motivated and have energy and drive to succeed in all areas of practical and educational and training. 

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from those who have already completed an apprenticeship in the same sector or those who hold a Higher Education Qualification.

If you are not eligible for a Instructor Apprenticeship, perhaps consider our 14 week Instructor  Training Course. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

  • Hours: 37 hours/1FTE (including evenings and weekends)

  • Contract type: Fixed Term – 12 months

  • Salary £6,559 per annum. 

Need to know more? 

We always recommend a visit to the centre. This allows you to look around the centre and our facilities, meet the staff and some students who have attended the course previously and also to get a general feel for the centre and how the course is structured and delivered.

During your visit the Centre Manager and/or Senior Instructor will also meet with you to discuss the course in more depth and answer any questions you might have which have not already been answered.

If you are unable to visit the centre we can arrange a meeting over the phone, via Skype or Face-time, whichever is more convenient.

Please contact the Centre Manager, Ben Hedden on 01392 400153 or by email -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nicola Yalland. Nicky-Nackie-Noo!

I knew I enjoyed all things active, I had a place offered at University to study Sports Science but it didn’t quite meet what I was after.

After seeing the Haven Banks Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprentice position advertised I jumped at the opportunity.

The Apprenticeship allowed me to pursue new sports and activities, work outside and gain tonnes of instructing experience with groups and individuals of all ages and abilities. 

I came away confident in my skills and ability to instruct and with a wide range of qualifications.

Since Haven Banks I have worked as a Freelance Instructor all around the World. The skills I learnt whilst at Haven Banks allowed me to get straight into leading groups but also opened doors to new things I hadn’t even considered such as events work and First Aid training.

I loved my time at Haven Banks and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to work as an outdoor adventure instructor! 

 Chris Gowing

After few years of jumping from job to job I figured out that a wanted an exciting career in outdoor education.

I was given the opportunity to do the Intermediate (Level 2) apprenticeship at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, I had no qualifications but a strong drive to learn.

During my apprenticeship I gained National Governing Body qualifications in climbing, paddle sport, sailing, mountain biking, navigation and caving. Not to mention all the fantastic experiences of working with a diverse range of groups and individuals.

At the end of my apprenticeship I was successful in securing a full time employment as an instructor. As well as continuing to instruct a variety of activities i have also been given the opportunity to complete my Certificate in Education, allowing me to lecture part time within the further education setting.

Here at Haven Banks I continue to progress and thrive, I’m super excited about what the future holds and it’s all down to being offered an apprenticeship at Haven Banks.

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