Consultation on ‘Outdoor Learning Specialist’ occupational standard

We have received the following from IOL, which some of our Members may wish to contribute to:

“As you [may] know, employers for across the sector along with IOL have been writing a new Outdoor Learning Specialist Apprenticeship. We are at an exciting stage in its development and the next step is to get input and views from across the full breadth of the sector.

“Although this apprenticeship will be accessible to employers based in England, we are interested in the views from employers in all Home Nations. IOL will use this standard and consultation as a starting point to define a UK Occupational Standard for an Outdoor Learning Specialist that can be referenced by Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland governments when reviewing and updating apprenticeships in the future. The survey is open December 3rd-17th 2020 at

“The project working group of employers and IOL have developed the role profile, duties, knowledge, skills and behaviours for the occupation of Outdoor Learning Specialist following IfATE approval of the proposal earlier this year.

“The broad purpose of an Outdoor Learning Specialist is the design, planning and delivery of programmes that provide progressive learning and change using outdoor activities and experiences.

“It is set at Level 5 and expected to take 30 months to achieve. To begin this apprenticeship, employees will be expected to be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours of an Outdoor Activity Instructor. The Draft Outdoor Learning Specialist Standard is available online here.”

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