Snow-Camp apprentices, aged 16-21, gain valuable experience from working on all our programmes, 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 programmes 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.
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 providers YMCA, SD Consultancy and BASI our apprentices work towards either an NVQ in Activity Leadership or an SQL 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 taken part in our Excel Programme. Young people who complete Excel apply directly to their Programme Manager in May/June each year. The Apprenticeship Programme is fully funded by Snow-Camp and apprentices are paid above the national apprenticeship minimum wage. However, due to Covid-19 our 2020/21 Apprenticeship Programme is TBC.