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Join our team and kick-start your career

Are you looking for something a bit different or looking to start an exciting new career inspiring others to enjoy the outdoors? This may be the opportunity for you!

Our Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor apprentice programme is a great way to kick-start a rewarding career in the outdoor industry. On your 2-year journey with us you will gain skills, qualifications and the confidence to run a variety of outdoor activities.

Can you remember a school residential, family day out or a time you've had with friends having fun in the outdoors? As a UK Youth Outdoor Apprentice you will be the person that makes this happen for someone else.

Whether you are interested in climbing and high ropes, bushcraft, mountain biking or canoeing we offer a wide range of inspiring outdoor activities available throughout the year. You will engage with a wide variety of participants, gaining experience working on school residentials, development programmes, family events and supporting participants with disabilities and additional needs.

What does an Outdoor Activity Instructor do?

An instructors main role is to deliver safe outdoor learning sessions with a focus on helping individuals to experience, learn and develop. However, to enable this to happen there are many other related duties such as safety checking equipment, preparing resources and maintaining activity bases.

The role of an instructor is varied and brings new challenges every day.

Check Out - A day in the Life of a UK Youth Outdoor Apprentice

You will need to be:
  • Be aged 18+ on entry
  • Have a friendly, enthusiastic personality and a can-do attitude
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages
  • Be happy to work outside in all weathers
  • Be prepared to work weekends and evenings and have the resilience and stamina fully commit to the programme

To complete your apprenticeship you will also need English and Maths at Level 2. This is not an entry pre-requisite, but those without this will need to complete this during your apprenticeship.

Our apprenticeship will give you:


Supported by a dedicated, experienced staff team, our apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to gain a variety of in-house and nationally recognised industry qualifications such as:
  • Activity First Aid
  • Archery GB instructor
  • BC Level 1 Paddlesport Instructor
  • ERCA
  • MIAS Level 1​ ​

As well as the chance to live on site in low cost accommodation, meals whilst on duty and basic staff uniform.

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Apply Now

To join our apprenticeship programme send your CV and a covering letter to hr@ukyouth.org

Closing Date: 15 September

Interview Weekend: 6-7 October

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Earn while you learn

In addition to getting a range of industry qualifications you will receive a salary of:

- £8840 in year one

- £18,000 in year two

Make a difference

By joining our apprenticeship programme you will be helping to inspire people to get active and enjoy the great outdoors

Skills for Life

The skills gained during your apprenticeship will support you whatever your future career. In additional to successful careers in the outdoor industry some our previous apprentices have gone on to be teachers, tree surgeons and much more...

Learn more about UK Youth

Be unique. Be authentic. However you prefer to say it, we really mean it. Our culture embraces people’s diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs. We’re determined to build a better, more connected world for everyone.

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