We are looking for Apprentice Instructors to join our SSE Outdoors team for a minimum period of 14 months, working 34 hours per week on an annualised basis in our activity centres based at Kilve Court (Bridgwater), Great Wood (Over Stowey) and Charterhouse (Mendips).
£4.30 per hour with accommodation / £4.60 per hour without
SSE Outdoors is the largest provider of Outdoor Education in Somerset and enjoys a reputation for high quality and standards. The Centres offer a variety of outdoor activities and educational courses. The sites are situated in a fantastic position in Somerset with immediate access to a variety of outdoor locations.
Every year, children visit our Centres and you will be key in making their days special, memorable, fun and challenging. As well as leading activities and training, each and every week you will support our Hospitality teams cleaning and preparing the Centre for groups arriving. By the end of the year, we aim to have prepared you for a career in the outdoor industry.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
This post is designed to provide a challenging and interesting experience within our Somerset Residential Outdoor Centres. During this time, you will complete an Outdoor Practitioner Apprenticeship (level 3, which is equivalent to 2 A-levels) more information can be found at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/outdoor-activity-instructor/.
We can provide all accommodation, some meals and a salary of £4.30 per hour (or you can choose not to live in our accommodation and earn £4.60 per hour).
There will be no such thing as typical week during your apprenticeship with us, but there will be a great deal of training. In the first two months we aim to train you up through our in-house training programme to deliver at least 3 of our activities (such as team building sessions, grass sledging and fossil hunts on the beach). You will then deliver these sessions regularly, and with support develop your group management skills. We will also provide at least 3 National Governing Body training courses (such as Archery Instructor Award, Lowland Walking Leader and Climbing Wall Award training and a first aid course).
A few things about you
You will need to have a passion for working in the outdoors, have good communication skills and be expected to interact with a variety of customers.
The salary for the role is £4.30 per hour with accommodation / £4.60 per hour without.
For an informal discussion about the posts please contact Carly Kew, Centre Manager at Great Wood, on 01278 741270 or email CKew@somerset.gov.uk.
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
- We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
- Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
- Staff discounts in gyms.
- Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
- Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
- A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
- My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.