Choosing a career in outdoor adventure sport could be one of the greatest adventures of your life!

The spectacular landscape of North Wales provides a perfect environment for specialist, career-based education, offering unique opportunities for people to earn, live and learn within a beautiful, natural landscape.

North Wales’ outdoor tourism sector is growing, and leading employers are choosing to invest in, and develop, future talent to fill job vacancies within the sector. Careers in North Wales’ outdoor adventure sector provide exciting opportunities for long term employment with the added benefit of career-connected learning.

Many of North Wales’ leading experts are eager to share their experiences in outdoor adventure sport to inspire people to take the leap, and embrace an exciting and vibrant career journey.

Since establishing The Outdoor Partnership 17 years ago, Tracey Evans, CEO, has seen more and more local young people becoming interested, volunteering and working in the outdoor activities sector. Tracey said that “opportunities within the outdoor activity sector are greater now than ever before, and what better place to learn and work than North Wales”.

Mark Jones, who is Programme Manager for The Outdoor Partnership, initially became interested in outdoor adventure sport careers after volunteering at outdoor education centres in Gwynedd. He later advanced his training by studying a Foundation Degree in Outdoor Pursuits at Coleg Menai in Bangor.

Drew Hollins Roberts started working for Zip World as an outdoor instructor in 2015. Drew now coordinates Zip World's recruitment and training at their head office. Drew studied an outdoor sports course at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea and went on to achieve a degree. He explains: “I’ve discovered a broad range of roles that you can undertake within this sector, with endless possibilities for gaining new skills. It's not just a seasonal job like people think, it's a long-term career.”

Glesni Jones is an outdoor activity instructor at Glan-llyn who studied on an outdoor education course at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Dolgellau campus. At Glan-llyn there is an additional element of working through the medium of Welsh, and transferring knowledge of language, culture and history.

Glan-llyn actively encourages career development through its educational partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, offering education and training alongside paid outdoor adventure sports careers at the centre. This enables valuable experiences and opportunities to gain qualifications up to degree level, challenging learners to apply the theory learnt at college with practical experiences at Glan-llyn.

Nicole Ramsden is the HR & Training Manager for Adventure Parc Snowdonia, which is home to the world's first inland surf lagoon amongst other outdoor adventure activities. She said: “Not only do you get to meet so many different people from all walks of life, but these roles also provide great opportunities to develop skills and build confidence to work all over the world."

If you’re ready for an exciting long-term career in outdoor adventure sport, email generalenquiries@gllm.ac.uk for advice and guidance on how you can start training for what could be the greatest adventure of your life.

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