Overview of the Programme
The Excel Programme is the youth instructor course offered by Snow-Camp. Having completed the First Tracks and Graduate programmes, those young people who wish to complete the full Snow-Camp programme and leave with a Level 1 Instructor certificate, choose at this point to undertake the full Excel programme.
8 Days Intensive Instruction at the Hemel Snowcentre and a week in the Italian Alps
The programme is run in partnership with Snowsport England, and is a significant challenge for 20 young people each year who wish to take their skiing and snowboarding to this high level. Based at Hemel Snowcentre the Excel programme is split into two sections: 8 days at Hemel working on all elements of the training and a week in the Italian mountains shadowing instructors and learing about the ski industry. The young people go through the full Snowsport England training programme covering all aspects of teaching snowsports, alongside the essential first aid and child protection courses required to achieve the qualification.
Gaining a Level 1 Qualification with Snowsport England
The Excel programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain a recognised qualification and reach a level of snowsports ability that they would never have thought possible a year ago on their first Snow-Camp First Tracks course. As always their journey is reflected upon in the sessions after each of the slope lessons, but this time with a view towards clear opportunities for work experience, placements and employment in the ski industry. The week in the mountains as understudies to real instructors provides the real life experience needed to help young people see they have the ability to do the job, and gives them the confidence to seek employment in the ski industry. With a Level 1 qualification these opportunities are now very real, and scholarships and jobs through Snow-Camp contacts in the ski industry are discussed. Snow-Camp itself offers a range of opportunities to the newly qualified young people to teach their peers the on next Snow-Camp First Tracks courses.
I think a good skill that I have learnt is how to contribute positively to a discussion and how to be positive towards other students