Over 10 weeks the young people (aged 16-21) train to become qualified ski or snowboarding instructors by participating in the full Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales or Snowsport Scotland training programme. The skills which they are demonstrating on the slopes are also reflected in the classroom with life-skills sessions before and after each slope session. These sessions also include lessons on the foundations of the coaching pathway, lesson planning and live teaching tasks as well as the essential first aid and safeguarding courses.
The Excel Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain a nationally recognised qualification and reach a level of snowsports ability that they would never have thought possible before entering our Programme Journey. Young people also continue their progression through the Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales or Snowsport Scotland Snowlife Award course started on the First Tracks Programme.
Towards the end of the programme the young people spend a week in the Italian mountains, shadowing instructors and gaining valuable mountain experience. For many this is their first time abroad; broadening their horizons on a personal, as well as on an educational level. This week long residential provides real-life experience for young people enabling them to recognise that they have the ability to start a career in the snowsport industry and beyond; it gives them an increased sense of confidence in their own skiing or snowboarding technique, along with a deeper knowledge of the coaching process ready for their final assessment days when they return to the UK.
With a Level 1 Instructor qualification new job opportunities in the snowsports industry become very real. Snow-Camp itself offers a range of opportunities to the newly qualified young people: young people can apply for a place on our award winning Apprenticeship Programme or they can join the Snow-Camp Youth Forum. Both of these pathways provide the young people with opportunities to participate in exciting work placements with our snowsports industry partners. We also encourage young people to stay involved with the charity by using their new qualification to instruct their peers and support their development on the next First Tracks Programme.