Climbing the ropes to employment
Programme: Young Bristol’s Instructor Training Scheme
“From a young age, I’ve always had an interest in outdoor activities. I recall looking up to outdoor instructors at school residentials, aspiring to have a similar job in the future but never believing that I would have the confidence or skills to carry out such a role. Coming from a single parent, low income background, I was limited in my ability to afford to access and participate in outdoor activities any further.
My first engagement with Young Bristol was in 2015 when I took part in their NCS programme, an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. After being unsuccessful in achieving the grades I needed to secure my university place and questioning my future, I decided to join in the Instructor Training Scheme (ITS) in September 2017. I regularly attended sessions, highly enjoying the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in activities including kayaking, canoeing, high ropes and climbing, in addition to meeting like-minded individuals.
Through ITS, I completed my First Aid Course which has since been put into practice. In early 2018 I completed my RYA Power Boat Level 2 qualification and Safety Boat training, as well as passing the SS Great Britain High Ropes Instructor Course, gaining employment in 2018-19. This was my first role as an instructor.
In 2018, I also assisted with several of Young Bristol’s Holiday Activities, enabling me to put newly found leadership and communication skills into practice.
The most valuable thing I have gained from my participation with the Instructor Training Scheme, is a great increase in self-confidence and self-belief. I struggled with low self-esteem throughout my teenage years and participating in the scheme has vastly improved this; doing activities that were out of my comfort zone, and achievements I previously though I was incapable of. All of these new experiences have helped me to determine what I want to do in the future.”
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