Each year several young people, who have completed our Excel course, are provided with paid, full time employment for 1 year at Snow Camp.
Snow Camp apprentices, aged 16-21, gain valuable experience from working on all our courses, alongside work placements across the snowsports industry and qualifications. Apprentices are also provided with opportunities to work at national and international snowsports events and have access to mental wellbeing workshops and 1-1 counselling sessions.
Youth-to-youth training and development is essential to our organisation. We know that the young people on our courses are more likely to engage with our activities if our apprentices and youth volunteers are a key component of the training plan. Not only is this empowering for our youth volunteers and apprentices, it’s inspirational for the new young people. Many young people will know these young instructors from their neighbourhoods and youth organisations showing them what they themselves could achieve.
Our Apprenticeships are 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 providers YMCA, SD Consultancy and BASI our apprentices work towards either an NVQ in Activity Leadership or an SVQ in Sports Coaching and a BASI Level 1 Instructor Qualification. All 3 qualifications provide further skills needed to gain employment in the snowsports industry.
Young people can only attend this programme if they have completed our Excel course and young people apply directly to their Programme Manager in May/June each year. Meet some of our 2019/20 apprentices at the bottom of the page!
Ellis Brigham believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience being in the outdoors. Snow Camp have made this a reality for so many young people and their work is invaluable in using snowports as a force for change in young peoples life. Our work with Snow Camp apprentices over the years has enabled us to see first hand how much of a difference Snow Camp is making to their lives and those around them.Mark Brigham CEO, Ellis Brigham
Having the opportunity to participate in snowsports is extremely rare where I come from. I believe it is important to take any opportunity you are given in life as you never know where it can lead you nor what you can gain from it. I love passing on the passion I have for snowsports and the qualities that I have been able to gain to people who, like me, didn't feel like they belonged when it came to sports. I give them the advice I wish I could've given myself all those years ago!Baylee Snow Camp apprentice
Growing up I didn’t have the best clothes or shoes. Through my youth club Positive Youth Foundation and Snow Camp I have started to understand that I don’t need a lot to be the best. I just need to keep going and go for the opportunities that are available to me. Responsibility is a big thing at Snow Camp and I have learnt how to communicate with people from different areas.Tamsir Snow Camp apprentice
When I first joined Snow Camp I didn’t expect to achieve so much. I first joined because I wanted to experience something new and different but I have fallen in love with snowboarding. It has changed the way I look at things and it has taught me that I can’t do everything alone. I want to achieve as much as I can and I love helping other young people on Snow Camp’s courses.Rawi Snow Camp apprentice
Having a Snow Camp apprentice has brought a new dynamic to the team. They have a different point of view and fresh perspective which adds value to tasks. Our apprentice is a quick learner and I’ve really seen her grow in knowledge and professionalism over the 12 monthsJenny Greenwood HR Manager, Skiworld