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Employer-Led Apprenticeships

The Department of Business Industry and Skills (BIS) has given permission to create a new Employer Led Trailblazer Apprenticeship for the outdoor sector

This IOL page is for the Employer-Led group to share key background details and development papers. Their intent is to develop apprenticeships that:

  • Will be appropriate for the full range of job specialisms making up the Outdoor Sector.
  • Will meet the needs of the full range of delivery models in the sector.
  • Will be appropriate for employees working in Outdoor Education; Recreation; Adventure; Tourism and any other aspects.
  • Will be based heavily on current known and valued in-sector training and assessment courses.

Latest Consultation Documents March 2017

Following development and consultations the employer group have fine tuned the Outdoor Learning Session Deliverer Apprenticeship Standard ready for submission to BIS in Spring 2017. The latest (final draft) version is below - we welcome any comments direct to the Project Manager

Apprenticeship Standard Consultation Briefing    Outdoor Learning Session Deliverer Apprenticeship Standard

Outdoor Apprenticeship FAQ’s


Join the Working Group, Virtual Group or Email Group

To contribute to the shaping of the standards and assessment standards or be kept up to date with progress, you are invited to join one of our three project groups. View list of current group members.

Working Group - To physically meet to design the required standards and assessment model
Virtual Group - To be kept up-to-speed on developments and periodically be asked to contribute their view via on-line consultations
Informed Group - To follow progress without needing to be actively involved
  • To ADD, CHANGE OR REMOVE your name from a group please email Louise at IOL.
Record of Meeting & Consultation Dates
  • WORKING GROUP - October 4th - @PGL, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
  • OPEN CONSULTATION - October 13/14 - @IOL National Conference - Stone, Staffordshire
  • WORKING GROUP - October 18th - @Kendal College, Cumbria
  • VIRTUAL GROUP + WORKING GROUP - 28 October 2016 - Receive documents for comment
  • WORKING GROUP - 3 November 2016, 5-6 - Online GoToMeeting
  • WORKING GROUP - 10 November 2016, 10-3 - @JCA Condover Hall, Shropshire
  • VIRTUAL GROUP + WORKING GROUP - 2 December 2016 - Receive documents for comment
  • WORKING GROUP - 8 December 2016, 10.00-11.00 - Online GoToMeeting
  • OUTDOOR SECTOR + VIRTUAL GROUP + WORKING GROUP - 15 December 2016 - Receive documents for comment. Online Survey open.
  • WORKING GROUP - 10 January 2017, 10-3 - @Kingswood Dearne Valley, Doncaster (Online Survey Closed)
  • WORKING GROUP - 1 March 2017, 10.00-11.00 - Online GoToMeeting
  • WORKING GROUP - 29 March 2017, 10-3 - @FSC Bishops Wood, Stourport-on-Severn
  • WORKING GROUP - 20 April 2017, 10.00-11.00 - Online GoToMeeting

Wednesday 29th March
Venue: FSC Bishops Wood, Stourport-on-Severn
Times: 10:00 - 15:00
Purpose: 1. Finalise "Outdoor Learning Session Deliverer” submission paperwork. 2. Discuss the third draft of the "Outdoor Learning Session Deliverer” Assessment plan. 3. Discuss typical apprentice journeys and costings

Friday 20th April
Venue: Goto Meeting - SIGN IN CODE 577-240-365 :: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/577240365
Times: 10:00 - 11:00
Purpose: Get comments from group members on the latest "Outdoor Learning Session Deliverer” Assessment Plan. There is no formal presentation or structure to this meeting - just join us and share your comments.

Apprenticeships - Background and context

Applying to BIS for Trailblazer status

Trailblazer group and sector up-dates

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the relationship between IOL and the Employer Led Apprenticeship?

IOL as the professional body in the sector are working in partnership the employerled initiative. The Employer Group has asked Neal Anderson from IOL to take a project management role in helping that group consult and produce its standards, assessment thinking and governance thoughts for submission to BIS. The Institute will use the apprenticeship standards developed by employers to inform an update and revision of some of our professional standards.

Find out more about the IOL Professional Standards update here.

How can I get involved in the Employer Led Apprenticeship Development?

If you are an employer and would like further information or to chat about the opportunity to get involved please contact:

Mark Lavington
Employer Led Trailblazer Chair
PGL. Manager – HR External Partnerships.
Mobile: 07977 987712
Office switchboard: 0333 321 2100 - Email

How can I get involved in the IOL Professional Standards Development?

You can follow progress on the IOL website or get in touch with Neal directly to discuss your thoughts and comments:

Neal Anderson
IOL Professional Standards Manager
Mobile: 07899 856518 - Email