Outdoor Learning Specialist
What is an
Outdoor Learning Specialist?
The broad purpose of the occupation is the design, planning and delivery of programmes that provide progressive learning and change using outdoor activities and experiences.
apply professional outdoor leadership judgement in order to facilitate safe and effective individual and group learning.
use broad and specialised knowledge of the natural outdoor environment and determine likely hazards of undertaking activities and perform in-advance and in the moment (dynamic) risk – benefit assessments.
interact with programme participants; customers and stakeholders to identify needs and expectations, sequence, plan, monitor and report on the delivery of an outdoor learning programme
be responsible for needs analysis & diagnosis, design, planning, execution and evaluation of outdoor learning development programmes for children, young people and adults.
Outdoor Learning Specialists facilitate the progressive development of activity competence, inter-personal and intra-personal life skills, outdoor and environmental knowledge and understanding. They will coach, mentor and provide feedback to allocated outdoor activity session delivery staff to develop their knowledge and skills in meeting the outcomes of the programme.
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24 Months (Does not include EPA)
Employers will have their own specific entry requirements but could include the following:
Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English or equivalent
Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics or equivalent
18 years or above or at the employer’s discretion due to the nature of the work
Existing skills and knowledge of Outdoor Activity
The End-Point Assessment Process
YOUR APPRENTICE JOURNEY
(MINIMUM DURATION 53 WEEKS)
On and off-the-job training to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours
English and Maths Level 2 (if required)
Production of a portfolio of evidence
GATEWAY (TYPICALLY 1 MONTH)
The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the level of the occupational standard.
Apprentices must have achieved all qualifications mandated in the Outdoor Learning Specialist occupational standard. The qualifications required are:
Level 2 Ofqual registered Award in Safeguarding relevant to the employer’s business.
Level 3 Ofqual registered 2-day Outdoor First Aid Award
Apprentices must have achieved English and mathematics at Level 2.
Apprentices must submit to the EPAO:
A logbook of evidence to underpin the professional discussion.
END-POINT ASSESSMENT (MAXIMUM 3 MONTHS)
End-point assessment consists of three methods:
customer proposal report, presentation and questioning
observation with questions
professional discussion (underpinned by a logbook of evidence)
Apprentices who fail one or more assessment method will be awarded an overall EPA ‘fail’.
To gain an overall EPA ‘pass’, apprentices must achieve a pass in all the assessment methods.
To achieve an overall EPA ‘distinction’, apprentices must achieve distinction in all the assessment methods.
On completion, Outdoor Activity Instructors may be eligible to apply to be Associate Professional of the Institute for Outdoor Learning to support their career development and progression.