If you’re over 18, ready to get stuck in, meet new people, learn new skills and have some fun, then this programme is the one for you.
It will require a basic level of fitness as some of the activities are strenuous but you don’t need to be an Ultra-marathon runner to apply.
If you have previous experience of participating in outdoor activities, that’s great! This is not essential, however we do recommend that you know for sure that you enjoy partaking in some of these activities before you commit to the course. If you loved your primary school residential week, then you’ll love the OITP, but if getting wet and muddy was your worst nightmare, then be warned, this might not be much better.
Although our Instructors will do their absolute best to get you ready for assessments and teach you all the skills required, it is you and you alone who determines which, and how many qualifications you achieve. The more you apply yourself and the more put in, the more you will take away and ultimately the more employable you will be.
If you want to play around and take it easy, then perhaps a gap year is more your thing. BUT, if you are ready to:
- Learn new skills
- Try new things
- Push your comfort zone
- Develop into one of the industries future professionals
- Take on board a whole new wealth of knowledge
- Get outside come rain or shine
- Make new like-minded friends
- Explore the UKs natural playground
- Experience how working in the Outdoor Industry can help you travel the world
- Maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle whilst working
- Laugh, Play and Kickstart your Career
Throughout the first 7 months (October – April) of your training we will provide 26 weeks of accommodation in a variety of exciting locations from where we will be based as we undergo our activities. North Wales, Scotland, The Lake district and France are just some of the places you will experience
Of course during this time you wil need a break, you’ll have one week off in November, one in February and two weeks off over Christmas to enjoy the festive period. This gives you some time to take a breather, or go out and gain some more personal development days (If you’re really that keen).
Throughout the programme we will provide you with transportation to and from daily activity venues as well as to France and all of our UK training bases.
We want to ensure that you are fueled and ready to go at all times throughout your course. We appreciate that outdoor activities demand a lot of energy and so we will provide food for you to create nutritious adequate and balanced meals, (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during our training days.
We appreciate that everyone is different and so whilst we offer the same training opportunities to every participant on our course, we believe that ensuring each Student receives one-on-one mentoring and tailored guidance is the best way to push each individual to reach their full potential. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Encouragement and support
- Periodic reviews throughout the initial training period
- Assistance with finding a suitable summer job.
- Interview preparation and CV tailoring
- Continued mentoring throughout the consolidation period.