Presentation on theme: "Training for a career in the outdoor sector. Thursday 13 th November Glasdir, Llanrwst. Alistair D. Cook. Head of Outdoor Education Service Coventry City."— Presentation transcript:
Training for a career in the outdoor sector. Thursday 13 th November Glasdir, Llanrwst. Alistair D. Cook. Head of Outdoor Education Service Coventry City Council. PDyM
Context: What kind of world will a young person be entering if they commence an appointment as an apprentice in an AHOEC centre? Why has Coventry City Council’s Outdoor Education Service developed an apprenticeship scheme? What are the key features of the scheme? What can apprentices offer future employers when they’ve completed their course?
Outdoor TourismOutdoor Education Outdoor Activities It’s not simply what we do. It’s where we do it, who we do it with, and when we do it. Open and closed environments Funding Stream Who pays? Degrees NGB’s and Experience FE Opportunities Apprenticeships Trainee schemes
Context PDyM Learning is the staged process of extending and consolidating our neuronal constellations as we acquire knowledge develop skills and deepen our understanding. Outdoor Education is a method of teaching and learning which is particularly effective at achieving these three desirable outcomes.
The shopping aisle containing ‘Outdoor Adventurous Learning’ opportunities has never before been so long, nor so varied, nor so well stocked. PDyM
Outdoor Education Centres in the UK My own service is fairly typical of the sector. It was created after the Ascent of Everest. Inspired, visionary local councillors identified the need to provide ‘real world learning experiences’. It’s provision model is based on National Education Strategies, and reflects the values of the community it serves, these being influenced by: Lady Godiva an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman Second World War; a City of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation “to heal the wounds of history.” City Council is led by the Labour Group Demographically: Population of 335,000 with 112 schools. PDyM
Outdoor Education Service is tasked to provide a high quality, inclusive residential service. So, we provide 12,000 bed-nights per year using our 70 bed centre here in Snowdonia. Service budget £0.9m from April 2015, all of which is raised by course charges to schools and participants. PDyM
Why are schools booking courses at OEC’s? Incontestable evidence confirms the personal developmental benefits to young people when they participate in a residential course where outdoor adventurous activities are provided in a well-planned programme. All young people benefit. If resources were to be targeted at pupils who would make the greatest gains, the pupils selected would be those who are not achieving their full potential, possibly due to factors outside their control…home environment etc. Schools now receive Pupil Premium funding to support their disadvantaged pupils as they learn. The Education Endowment Foundation has reported that spending Pupil Premium on a pupil to enable them to attend a residential course involving outdoor adventurous activities can help them to make three months additional progress in a year on average. PDyM
Policy makers are beginning to realise that a successful education system should include those activities which develop a young person’s ability to face challenges and overcome problems.
2. Why has Coventry City Council’s Outdoor Education Service developed an apprenticeship scheme? It evolved, it is based on a successful volunteer scheme, a need was identified, and we had a belief that as a team we could contribute to the professional development of young people at a formative stage in their career.
Key features of the PDYM OEC Apprenticeship scheme Entry requirements: who are we trying to attract? vibrant, resilient young adults aged 18+ with a passion for teaching and learning through Outdoor Education, who have good social skills with a capability to develop their technical skills who are prepared to live in a caravan at an OEC situated in a remote location in Snowdonia, work long hours on low pay grade, and commit for a period of twelve months.
What underpins a successful scheme? Total commitment throughout the organisation from top to bottom: chief exec to p/t cleaners. A genuine belief that we can contribute to the future provision of Outdoor Education in UK by supporting young staff who are at a formative stage in their career.
PDyM Ours is a pupil-centred service, so what kind of groups would the apprentices be working with? Out of a class of 30 young pupils in a KS3 Coventry classroom; 12 will do less than 30 minutes activity a week 10 will be clinically obese 3 will have suffered physical abuse 3 will have a mental health diagnosis 1 will have a close family bereavement 4 will have experimented with drugs 2 will be teenage parents 3 will be regular drinkers 1 will have been sexually abused 12 will have been bullied.
PDyM How much does it cost? Financial risk v beneficial outcomes We pay: Apprentices are Coventry City Council Employees, and are paid on a national scale at an entry grade. This includes all board and accommodation, gear, paid holidays, NGB training, mentoring. In cash terms they receive £50 for 31 hours per week. The cost to the Centre per trainee (including on costs) totals £2909 per year. We get: inquisitive, energetic, challenging, dynamic young staff who add to the experience of our customers both directly through face to face contact and indirectly as they contribute to the life of the centre.
What we’d want to see when we see them working: a transition from being a member of an activity group to leading groups within twelve months.
What can apprentices offer future employers when they’ve completed their course?
A potential employee who has; a broad understanding of Outdoor Education in the UK twelve months experience of direct contact with a wide variety of groups, in a range of OAAs, at an introductory and advanced level has experience of maintaining activity resources a range of OAA activity and leadership quals understands the requirement to be flexible, and adaptable, in their work to achieve course objectives is committed to their own on-going professional development
PDyM Case study Conor Forshaw Completed a college course, looking to get a first appointment in an OEC, became a trainee at PDYM. Sept ‘13 Aug 2014 he successfully completed the course gaining REC L2, MWLC, LCML L1, SPA, UKCC L2. Sept 2014 took on the role as a mentor i/c the two new trainees. Mid Oct interviewed and appointed as an member of the centres teaching team on the UQTS commencing 1 st Jan 2014.