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Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Learning
PH21 1NG
+44 (0) 1540 651265
  (09:00-17:00 Monday - Friday)
+44 (0) 1540 651240
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Instructor Training & Job Vacancies
Instructor Development Scheme 2015

Our instructor development scheme is a part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s outdoor learning Team operating from 3 different local education centres one based in the City of Edinburgh itself, while the second is based in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park near Dunoon and the third based in the Cairngorm National Park near Kincraig.

 During your time with us you will have the opportunity to work in all 3 centres gaining experience working in different environments/ groups improving your personal skill set as well as working towards and gaining NGB awards.

 Our Outdoor Learning courses are part of the Curriculum of Excellence and we add valuable content and experience to each pupils learning journey in their School career. Helping facilitate and encouraging individuals to be Successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. They also learn to respect the interests of others, build a love for the environment and take shared responsibility for their learning and own actions. These courses give depth to the personal and social education of the pupil allowing them to build their personal skills as well as exercising important social skills, such as team work and leadership.

What you will get from us


This scheme is aimed at those who are already resilient participants in the outdoor world and want to formalise what they already do into a solid career as an outdoor learning practitioner. This is ideally someone who enjoys and actively participates in activities such as hill walking, paddlesport, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and seeks wilderness adventure in their spare time. 

We offer training, mentoring and practical experience in all the things that make an outdoor residential centre tick. We build on practical experience so you can progress from basic instructing to facilitating sessions at a high professional standard.

To maximise the opportunities you will receive a programme of:


Outdoor Learning Practitioner Training: Theory and practical sessions focusing on Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning will be run in conjunction with existing senior staff and EOL’s associate staff team. A developmental programme of shadowing and later facilitating your own outdoor learning course will be the desired learning outcome over the twelve months.


Operational Training:  A programme of maintenance and trade training that will allow an individual’s to operate in any centre and contribute to the daily operations of EOL. Awards such as Velotech Silver Bicycle maintenance, professional training in machine sewing, ski/snowboard servicing, ski lift maintenance and practical experience in repairing of outdoor gear as well as general maintenance and gardening. We will also put you through your D1 driving test.(subject to requirements)


Practical NGB Training:   NGB’s are the practical building blocks of a solid all-round outdoor practitioner; this may include British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike, MT Summer Mountain Leader Training, Single Pitch Award Training, BASI 1, GB Archery Instructor. Each student will receive an individualised programme through their year which is relevant to their chosen path and the centres needs.


All this will happen alongside a busy programme of residential outdoor learning which you will be an active part of throughout the evening and weekend programme. You will have access to advice and support to go adventuring in your time off to assist your NGB development. We require a high level of commitment for 12 months; this scheme is not paid however we will provide full board and Accommodation. We also require you to have held a clean driving licence for a minimum of 2 years and be a minimum of 21years of age.


  • Roots within a home Residential centre (Lagganlia or Benmore)
  • Individualised training budget
  • Personal development time
  • Accommodation
  • £30 per week food and hygiene allowance
  • Selected NGB registration
  • Opportunity to work in and gain experience in 3 local education authority centres
  • Mentored process guiding the learning intentions and ensuring the success criteria is met


Click here to enquire about thisscheme - closing date 1st April 2015

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