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Trainee Tutor Scheme

The FSC Trainee Tutor Scheme runs once a year with up to 20 trainees being appointed, after a 2 day assessment and interview.  The programme will usually start in late October, and run for 13 months.

Trainees will undergo an intensive programme of up to 8 weeks initial training and centre placement. They will then be based in one of the FSC field centres, located around the UK, to complete the 11 month ongoing training assessment.

Training includes: Hill and Mountain Training Course, First Aid at Work, Water Safety, Operational Code of Practice (OCoPs) training, Biodiversity and Landscape Group Training (BLAG), GIS and ESRI ArcGIS Online plus 4 weeks of dedicated field teaching knowledge and skills.

Applicants will need to have a degree in Geography, Ecology, Science or Humanities related subjects. We also require candidates to have assisted in leading outdoor groups, have an understanding of the principles of group management and safety and have good ICT skills including social media and SMART technology. 

Overall Purpose of the FSC Trainee Tutor Scheme

FSC needs to be certain that education staff leading groups are not only competent and enthusiastic, but experienced and professional individuals capable of working with and inspiring students of all ages.  The Trainee Tutor Scheme is designed to equip an individual with the skills and attributes required to be a Field Tutor with the FSC, enabling further time to be devoted to building experience through the delivery of courses to an increasingly wide range of audiences.

During their initial 8 weeks, trainees will support, plan and deliver ‘out of classroom learning’ activities in at least one subject and three different environments. In addition, trainees will support the teaching staff in the delivery of field courses along with a range of other centre support duties.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Deliver active outdoor learning in a variety of environments, weather conditions and terrain
  • Deliver specific activities and teach groups within standard / core courses
  • Support teaching staff in course delivery, involving welcoming groups, preparing classrooms, vehicles, workrooms, resources, equipment and IT
  • Support in the delivery of community and outreach environmental projects
  • Be part of an FSC duty system that provides 24 hour cover

Comments from previous participants on the Trainee Tutor Scheme

"Brilliant! I have learnt a great deal and feel I have developed massively over the last 8 weeks. It's also been a lot of fun and the FSC have certainly made me feel at home."

"It's the best start to any job I've had and it feels really good to have so much invested in me."

"I would (and have) told [my friends] how brilliant it is and how much I’m learning and enjoying it. I’ve actually recommended one friend look into the training course next time it runs as she really wants to work for the FSC. I have met lots of great people and learned so many new things, the whole experience has been really worthwhile and I feel lucky to have been part of it."

To date over 85% of participants in the FSC Trainee Tutor Scheme have gone on to be offered permanent jobs with FSC.