Graduate Trainee Instructor Scheme

Applications are now closed

If you'd like to apply in the future and would like to be informed when the trainee scheme reopens, please complete the form on the right and we'll be back in touch.


We're looking for aspiring outdoor professionals, who've recently graduated with either a Degree in Outdoor Studies or closely related subject; who is ready to work and keen to start their career in outdoor education. 

Do you want to make a difference?

    1. Are you a graduate with a degree in Outdoor Studies (or closely related subject) with passion for big adventures in the outdoors?
    2. Do you want to help young people learn about themselves and what they are capable of?
    3. Are you ready to start your career with one of the UK's leading outdoor education providers?

If you've answered YES to all of the above then we have the answer...


What's on offer...

Here at Outward Bound, we think that after three years of hard study you deserve a grad scheme that will offer you…

  • Full salary while you train
  • Guaranteed job as Outward Bound Instructor progressing to Senior Instructor
  • Intensive training to get you where you deserve to be
  • Support for ongoing training and CPD
  • Build a portfolio of NGB qualifications
  • Opportunity to use all your university skills and knowledge and build more
  • Opportunity to progress to all other Outward Bound centres
  • Opportunity to take sabbaticals and career breaks 
  • Great working environment, sea, rivers, sun and mountains
  • Supportive yet challenging work place enabling you to reach your professional potential
  • Individualised learning

The Package

  • Starting salary of £18,357 as from 1 April 2019, plus benefits package
  • Permanent contract of employment with The Outward Bound Trust 
  • Good quality kit, including Berghaus uniform
  • 24 days paid holiday a year, plus bank holidays
  • Opportunities for future career breaks  
  • Initially based at Aberdovey with the opportunity to move within The Trust
  • Progression to Senior Instructor (£20,500 -£27,500 subject to review) 

Our graduate trainee scheme will be starting around end of May/early June 2019

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Be warned - our grad scheme isn't for slackers! It's for aspiring outdoor professionals, those who've recently graduated with a Degree in Outdoor Studies or closely related subject, are ready to work and keen to start their career in outdoor education. Successful applicants will need to have a passion for both the development of young people and having adventures in the outdoors.

Building on your theoretical knowledge you will progress quickly through the trainee scheme, first qualifying as an Outward Bound Instructor and ultimately moving into a Senior Instructor role.  Graduates are expected to achieve the position of instructor within 12 months of starting the scheme.

There will be lots of support and challenge along the way - our grad scheme includes a mix of on and off the job training, with a focus of applying knowledge and developing both your interpersonal skills and technical outdoor skills. You will be supported to achieve NGB awards for activities on the mountains and water.

You will be working in a small group of likeminded individuals so there will be plenty of opportunities for adventures and plenty of fun. You will report in to Glen Bickell, a Learning and Adventure Manager at our Aberdovey centre, but as part of your training will work alongside all of the instructors and staff team at Outward Bound. The pace will be fast and intense and you will be expected to achieve results.

Register your interest

Applications are now closed for this round of our Graduate Trainee Scheme.  If you've been sucessfully shortlisted, you'll be asked to attend an interview on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

If you'd like to apply in the future and would like to know when the trainee scheme reopens, please complete the form on the right and we'll be back in touch.