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Ben Townsend, outdoor education apprentice

Ben Townsend talks about his experience and why he chose an outdoor education apprenticeship.
Ben Townsend

"I am currently on an apprenticeship scheme which is working out really well. At the moment I'm currently studying Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Outdoor Programmes.

"My roles include leading all different types of activity such as low ropes, high ropes, buggies, stream walks and many more activities. I instruct lots of different groups ranging from primary school children, secondary school children, university students and even adult team building groups. I also work with a wide range of people with different disabilities and needs.

"I applied for this apprenticeship because I have always been interested in outdoor learning and it was a good way of gaining a better understanding of the industry whilst getting paid. I am now a Level 2 mountain bike instructor and I have also gained my 3* canoe/kayak award. I am also fully first aid trained and have awards in health and safety and fire safety.

"A big highlight of the apprenticeship was travelling to the Lake District as part of my course to experience a residential break. We did a number of activities there such as paddle boarding, gorge walking and also mountain climbing.

"This apprenticeship has been really good for me as I have been able to work and learn at the same time whether it is course work or getting other outdoor qualifications. I would strongly recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone who either wants a career change or can't quite decide what they want to do but has a strong interest in what the apprenticeship is offering."