Outward Bound has created an instrumental training and behaviour development tool that could not be replicated within the college or even readily at work. Mark Davison, Head of Transport

Business need

Behavioural development is now a formal requirement of apprenticeship standards and employers embrace this through their desire to develop these skills in their workforce.

Apprenticeship provider PROCAT (Prospects College of Advanced Technology) chose Outward Bound as their delivery partner for behavioural training. PROCAT recognised that Outward Bound's approach would complement their technical knowledge and skills training and enhance the apprentices’ learning at college and in their respective workplaces.


PROCAT brought 70 students from employers including Transport for London, Telent, Bombardier and Keolis Amey to Outward Bound Eskdale for a behavioural development programme that accelerated workplace behaviours, from education to employment.

“The rail industry has many employees that work in all conditions and performance can be affected by human factors. This programme with Outward Bound has created an instrumental training and behaviour development tool that could not be replicated within the college or even readily at work. Outward Bound’s highly experienced and qualified staff were excellent in working with the college and employers to map across behaviour criteria to real life work scenarios and developing activities that simulated these to derive understanding and learning outcomes.”

Mark Davison
Head of Transport


Outward Bound mapped the behaviours set out in their apprenticeship standard in order to design the content of the programme. During the week the apprentices undertook a number of challenges that increased in complexity to develop skills in line with these apprenticeship standard approved behaviours:

  • Act professionally
  • Display a self-disciplined, self-motivated, proactive approach to work
  • Work reliably and safely
  • Work effectively, efficiently and collaboratively, individually and as part of a team
  • Receptive to feedback
  • Prepared to make a personal commitment
  • Be risk aware
  • Proactively identify and manage risk
  • Demonstrate leadership, motivating and leading by example.

During their time at Outward Bound each apprentice completed a learning journal and action plan to create a working document, identifying strengths, weaknesses and actions to work on throughout their programme and in preparation for end point assessment.

“I was delighted with the behavioural development programme with Outward Bound in assessing and growing my apprentices’ values and behaviours. The course really challenged their mind sets to what can be done when tired and faced with new challenges and the benefits of working collaboratively in a team in solving those challenges. I honestly believe the apprentices benefited from this experience and it has helped prepare them for their working environment within a team.”

Darren Wells
Infrastructure Maintenance Manager
Transport for London


Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) are an apprenticeship provider who deliver advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships to the next generation of skilled engineers and technicians.