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The Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor apprenticeship is approximately 13 months in duration (12 months training and 1 month EPA) and covers the key competencies required to run safe and enjoyable activity sessions. Taking on an apprentice in this role is aimed at organisations seeking individuals to supervise and guide children and adults in activities and pastimes. Typical job titles may include Multi-Activity Leader, Environmental Education Tutor, Activity Instructor, Ranger, and National Park Guide.

The main responsibility of an Outdoor Activity Instructor is to run a safe and enjoyable activity session. They will:

Prepare for the session – gather information about the participants and resources for the activity.

Deliver the session – brief participants, maintain safety, provide on-going instruction and encouragement.

Meet session outcome – support participants to achieve set outcome (such as new skills / knowledge, thrill seeking, personal or team challenge).

Close the session – hand-over participants, return resources and equipment, log any issues.

Delivery Outline:

Training is delivered by our team of qualified tutors at your workplace or another suitable venue and remote sessions as required. Learners are supported to achieve the Outdoor Activity Instructor apprenticeship criteria via the use of support resources and optional e-learning modules.

If required, learners will also be supported by their tutor to gain Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.

At a Glance


Approx. 13 months


Fills a skills gap at a reduced training and recruitment cost.


Available to new and existing employees

Receive a £1000 grant for apprentices aged16-18.

Programme Outcomes

For employers

The Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor apprenticeship is designed to develop competent activity instructors who can deliver effective coaching sessions in an outdoor activity environment.

For learners

Individuals will learn how to run safe and enjoyable sessions in areas such as canoeing, sailing, climbing, archery and bush craft, including planning and organising outdoor activities, supporting participants to achieve set outcomes, and closing the session by returning resources and equipment and logging any issues.


Apprenticeship Plan


Teaching & Learning

Ongoing Assessment of KSBs

Tracking of Progress & OTJ Training

Internal Quality Assurance

Gateway Submission

End Point Assessment

Completion & Certification

"My office is the great outdoors, come wind, rain or shine. But I'm given the support required to do my daily tasks and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a new adventure. "

Nathaniel Elsey | Peak Activity Services

Contract Requirements and Training Costs

  • An apprentice must be contracted to at least 30 hours per week
  • An apprentice’s contract of employment must cover the length of the apprenticeship
  • A minimum of 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s contracted time must be allocated to ‘off-the-job’ training
  • An apprentice must be paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage in their first year of learning
  • Apprentices aged 19+ must be paid at least the minimum wage for their age group in their second year of learning
  • Dependent on company size and apprentice age a contribution to training costs may be required
  • Dependent on age and wage contributions to an apprentice’s pension and national insurance may be required.


  • Potential for training costs to be 95%-100% funded
  • Receive a £1000 grant for apprentices aged 16-18
  • Available to new and existing employees
  • Develops a proactive, skilled and motivated workforce
  • Awards workforce with an industry recognised qualification as added value
  • Improves Maths and English skills if required.

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