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Needing to get the Archery GB ‘Archery Instructor Award’ qualification?
Volunteer Trainee Instructor: Spring to autumn season 2017
Outdoor Activities Instructor: Spring / summer season 2017

Needing to get the Archery GB ‘Archery Instructor Award’ qualification?

Then you’ve come to the right place! Craggan Outdoors, ‘BEST OUTDOOR / ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE’ finalist in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2016, & ‘BEST OUTDOOR VENUE’ finalist in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016 & 2017, will be running the second of our two annual courses from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th October ’17, with arrival the previous evening to settle in at the accommodation & meet your fellow course participants.

Cost for this comprehensive 3-day residential course is £339, with this including three nights (Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 24th October inclusive) self-catering accommodation in Craggan Outdoors’ Glenbeg Bunkhouse, Archery GB registration, course fee, all learning materials & equipment, all tuition & final assessment, as well as lunch & teas / coffees on each of the three days. Our courses are always popular & secure excellent feedback from participants.

Craggan Outdoors is located at Grantown-on-Spey in the central Highlands, 15 minutes from Aviemore, & is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK. We are minutes off the main north-south A9, 45 minutes from Inverness, 2 hours from Aberdeen, & 3 hours from the Central Belt. Mainline rail services come to nearby Aviemore, & Inverness Airport – offering services from many UK airports – is just 45 minutes away.

Interested? Then don’t delay as these courses always book up quickly, & not many are run in Scotland each year. Call 01479 873283 or email info@cragganoutdoors.co.uk to enquire &/or to book your place. A 50% deposit (non refundable) will secure a place, with the 50% balance then due by latest Friday 22nd September ’17.

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Volunteer Trainee Instructor: Spring to autumn season 2018

Overview
Craggan Outdoors, based at Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, is recruiting for it’s Volunteer Trainee Instructor programme for the 2018 season. Craggan Outdoors was a ‘Best Outdoor Adventure Experience’ finalist in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2016, & also in ‘Best Outdoor Venue’ in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016 & ’17. The centre offers a wide range of activities, 60-bed bunkhouse accommodation & a licensed cafe venue, to a wide-ranging client base. Our website www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk will provide further insight.

The Role
Our Trainee Instructors are immersed in the operation of a small-to-medium sized centre. An initial 8-week induction, followed by ongoing on-the-job training & development, will ensure that you are able to play an integral part in the success of the 2018 season. This will include preparation & delivery of any activities in which you are qualified, assisting in others, maintenance & cleaning of kit, equipment & the centre itself, & assisting in the cafe & accommodation.

This will be coupled with your personal commitment to gain further knowledge & experience in your free time, & depending upon the level of your commitment, our further commitment to put you through a range of NGB qualifications. Those secured by participants over the last few years have included Archery Instructor, TCL training & assessment / MBLA, Velotech, BCU Star awards to 4-Star level, Level 1 & Level 2 paddlesport coach, Swift Water Rescue Technician, White Water Safety & Rescue, SPA & SML training & assessment, as well as in-house accreditation in laser clay pigeon shooting, gorge walking, high ropes, mini Highland Games, mini-quads, team problem solving, raft building & zip wire; & other ‘soft skills’ workplace qualifications such as Fundamentals in Food Hygiene, & the Scottish Award for Licensed Premises Staff.

The Candidate
Being THE BEST, we are looking for THE BEST! A great attitude & personality, innate people skills, a strong work ethic, commitment, & a desire to learn & succeed are critical. You will also be able to demonstrate an ongoing & current passion for the outdoor activities environment. This will be demonstrated by you already holding at least one NGB qualification in an activity offered at Craggan Outdoors, but likely more, as well as a valid 2-day First Aid qualification, along with a clearly apparent recent history of participation in a range of activities.

The Rewards
As well as the invaluable on-the-job training & experience that you will gain – the sort of ‘real world’ experience that it is impossible to achieve on paid-for courses – the qualifications that your commitment should ensure that you achieve – an action plan of NGBs is agreed with all trainees & we pay all fees – & a great team atmosphere with like-minded individuals in an award-winning family-run centre, we also offer accommodation, some meals, two days off per week to get out & ‘play’, & a £140 per week ‘apprentice’ living allowance.

The Process
If you are serious about building a career in the outdoor activities sector, & serious about committing to spending March to October 2017 gaining experience & qualifications at one of the UK’s leading outdoor centres, then we’d like to hear from you. Send your CV & covering letter by email to centre owner Keith Ballam on info@cragganoutdoors.co.uk, outlining clearly how you meet the requirements for the role. Feel free to call Keith on 07866 698307 if you’d like to chat beforehand.

Closing date is Friday 29th December 2017. You must be available to attend a selection weekend on Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February 2018. Please do not apply if you are not available for these dates, or for an expected start date of Monday 5th March 2018. Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.

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Outdoor Activities Instructor: Spring / summer season 2018

Overview
Craggan Outdoors activity centre, based at Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, is recruiting for the 2018 season, & as part of this process is seeking a qualified instructor for the spring-to-autumn season from March to October. Craggan Outdoors is one of Scotland’s leading outdoor centres, being nominated for ‘Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience’ in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2016, & also a finalist as ‘Best Outdoor Venue’ in the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016 & ’17. The business also has a 93% TripAdvisor rating The centre offers a wide range of activities, 60-bed bunkhouse accommodation & a licensed cafe venue, to a wide-ranging client base. Our website – www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk – will provide further insight.

The Role
The role of Outdoor Activities Instructor (“Instructor”) will be crucial to the success of the 2018 season. Starting at a date to be agreed in late February / early March, & after an initial induction to the centre that focuses on Craggan Outdoors’ core values of safety, first impressions, attention to detail, & high quality, your qualifications & prior experience will enable you to ‘hit the ground running’ in assisting the Senior Instructor in the in-house training of the trainee instructors, whilst also participating in training as appropriate so as to become completely familiar with the centre’s Risk Assessments & Standard Operating Procedures & all related processes. From this foundation, the Instructor will set the standard as a benchmark for the trainee instructors across all elements of the day-to-day business, including preparation & delivery of activities, maintenance & cleaning of kit, equipment & the centre itself, & operation of the cafe & accommodation.

The Candidate
Our staff team is what makes the difference & secures Craggan Outdoors the recognition for consistent delivery of exceptional customer experiences. So we’re looking for the best! A great attitude & personality, innate people skills, a strong work ethic, commitment, & a history of delivering fantastic customer service in a team environment are all critical. You will be able to demonstrate a strong career development path, as well as a current & ongoing passion & commitment to the outdoor activities environment. In addition to the above, ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • 2-day First Aid qualification
  • Single Pitch Award
  • UKCC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach, with 4-star canoe including Moderate Water Endorsement
  • Trail Cycle Leader or Level 2 MBLA
  • D1 &/or PCV license

In addition it would be an added advantage to have / be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Archery Leader / Instructor
  • Prior high ropes & zip wire experience
  • Prior gorge walking experience

The Rewards
As well as the experience of working at one of the UK’s leading centres, & a great team atmosphere with like-minded individuals in a fantastic environment for outdoor activities, we offer a salary of £15,600 per annum (pro rata) for a 5-days-in-7 working pattern, & 20 days holiday per annum (pro rata). Lunch is provided on working days, as are some other meals when the centre is catering for client groups. Centre equipment is available for use in time off. Accommodation is available if required, with an appropriate salary deduction being made to reflect this. An extended contract &/or full-time position beyond end-October may become available for the right candidate, as may opportunity for career progression, with a previous Instructor being the centre’s current Senior Instructor.

The Process
If you’ve got the appropriate qualifications & experience, & like the idea of spending a season further developing your career at a high quality centre, then we’d like to hear from you. Send your CV & covering letter to centre owner Keith Ballam on info@cragganoutdoors.co.uk, outlining clearly how you meet the requirements for the role. Feel free to call Keith on 07866 698307 if you’d like to chat about things beforehand.

Closing date is Friday 29th December 2017. Please note that you must be prepared & available to travel to the centre for a selection weekend on Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February ’18 before any job offer will be made. Please do not apply if looking to get a job purely on the strength of your CV. The starting date will be in late-February / latest 5th March ’18. Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.

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