Snow-Camp Apprentices, aged 16-21, gain valuable experience from working on all our programmes (First Tracks, Graduate and Excel), alongside work placements across the industry over a 12-month period on the paid apprenticeship. Apprentices are also provided with opportunities to work at national and international snowsport events such as The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show, Freeze Festival and the Delancey British Ski and Snowboard Championships.
The Apprenticeship Programme is designed for individuals who want to gain a broad experience and a solid foundation to support a career in the snowsports industry: they gain key qualifications and practical work experience in snowsports instructing, together with mentoring, coaching and leadership skills. In partnership with our training provider Youth Force, our Apprentices work towards gaining an NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership and with support from the British Association of Snowsports Instructors they work towards a Level 1 BASI Skiing or Snowboarding Instructor qualification. Both qualifications provide further skills for employability in the snowsports industry .
Snow-Camp could not be prouder of the recognition the charity is receiving for its work with young people and were acknowledged for our outstanding contribution to apprenticeships at the National Apprenticeship Awards in 2015. Our Apprenticeship Programme won in the South East regional category and we were delighted to then make it through to the National Finals where we were named in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list in the UK. Former Snow-Camp Apprentice, Jonjoe Boulter, was shortlisted in 2016 as a regional finalist for the National Apprentice of the Year category where he won a Highly Commended award, beating competition from almost 1,000 entries.
Our Apprentices are all fantastic role models to other Snow-Camp young people on our programmes, they send out a powerful message: if you work hard and focus, you can achieve your goals and create a positive future for yourselves.