Channel Training has been at the forefront of Apprenticeship delivery for the Outdoor Sector since 2012. Our approach is unique and it puts the employer and apprentice first.


Are you an employer considering Apprenticeships?

Our Apprenticeships provide a funded route to training your staff through a high quality, well supported programme of on-the-job and off-the-job training, along with accompanying study to reach a certain level of competence.  We work with you to build a cost-effective staffing and training model that works for your organisation.  As a specialist provider there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and we work hard to understand your needs and design the programmes with you.

Channel Training is an experienced and well established training provider operating nationally. We continue to be one of the most innovative and specialist training companies, focussing on active and outdoor learning where our occupational expertise lies. Channel Training works alongside you to maximise the benefits that government funded Apprenticeship training can offer to your staff and your organisation.

A Channel Training Apprenticeship provides:
– recruitment assistance
– dedicated account manager
– dedicated tutor for your apprentices
– 24/7 support
– additional training and CPD
– modern e-learning systems
– work-based learning – and no day release
and above all, a service that is designed around you and your needs.

Information, Advice and Guidance: Our commitment to you.

As a training provider we see information, advice and guidance (IAG) as key to a successful outcome for all our apprentices and the employers with which we work. With our wealth of experience in the outdoor sector, as well as the world of work more widely, we are in a
prime position to help the apprentices, in partnership with yourselves achieve their and your staffing goals.

Channel Training will:
● Signpost opportunities for apprentices both within and beyond our sector.
● Support apprentices with career and personal choices both now and in the future.
● Ensure all our IAG is impartial and learner / employer centred to assist you in making appropriate decisions which are informed and well thought through.
● Give IAG on skills, knowledge and behaviours required for your apprentices as well as wider IAG on finance, safeguarding, customer service etc. This will give you the support to enable your apprentices to be successful at your placement as well as in any future employment.
● Ensure the tutors working with your apprentices are experienced, professional and knowledgeable, to give IAG tailored to your requests.

The Channel Training Tutors will:
● Identify barriers apprentices / you may have and how to overcome them, giving you the confidence, skills and motivation to manage your apprenticeship programmes.

● Offer information in a format that suits you, be that verbal, written or electronic.

● Be responsive to your needs in a timely fashion, so that you get the information you need, when you need it.

Our Apprenticeships

Channel Training delivers high quality, employer-focused Apprenticeships in the workplace. We are continuously developing an effective apprenticeship and training that shapes how Apprenticeships work for employers today. 

Outdoor Activity Instructor Standard

For those supervising and guiding children and adults in activities and pastimes such as; canoeing, kayaking, climbing, cycling, walking, archery, bushcraft and more.  We support employers in the outdoor sector to access the very best funded training and development; providing high quality progression for new instructors and cost-effective staffing and training solutions for your organisation.


Community Activator Coach Standard

For those in occupations such as Activity Leader or Assistant, Community Worker, Teaching Assistant – roles that encourage activity for health and social change.  We can support employers such as schools, sports clubs, leisure and activity centres and outdoor education centres to provide this Apprenticeship and develop innovative community links and new business.

Our Partners

Boundless Outdoors - Malvern Centre

Our team of experienced instructors are here to challenge and inspire you and your group to step outside of your comfort zone and test yourself.  We develop our courses to include adrenalin filled activities like high ropes courses and zip wires. Our outdoor activities provide plenty of opportunities for our visitors to get wet and muddy, whilst encouraging everyone to grow and develop both personal and social skills.

CRS Adventures

CRS Adventures is a family run outdoor activities centre run by the Sell family that has an established reputation as the place to go for all your adventurous activity needs. We specialise in a variety of traditional ‘outdoor activities‘ as well as specialist programmes for individuals, families, schools, youth groups and corporate events and offer tailor made packages for both on and off site activities. 

Mount Batten Watersports & Activities Centre

The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre in Plymouth is one of the foremost Outdoor Education centres in the South West – the Centre has a reputation for excellence, professionalism and operates to the highest standards. They are open all year round* and welcome families, friends, individuals, businesses and schools to participate in many water and land based activities.

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

Woodmill is the only place in the UK that boasts four different types of water.  With a placid water lake, flowing River Itchen, tidal estuary and some thrill ride white water at low tide for kayaking & canoeing. This makes it a fantastic location for paddle sport, with all abilities and adventures suited perfectly. If canoeing and kayaking are not you’re thing, there’s plenty more that you can get involved in on dry land. Such as,  Archery, Climbing, Leap of Faith and Fencing!


Lee Valley (Vibrant Partnership)

You’ll find gallons of fun at Lee Valley White Water Centre, from white water rafting on the Olympic course to family paddling on our lake. Choose from a range of activities or sit back and watch the action at The Terrace Bar & Café; you’re guaranteed an unforgettable day out at this London 2012 venue.


Ferny Croft Scout Activity Centre

Ferny Crofts is a 31 acre Scout Activity Centre in the heart of the New Forest National Park. With a stunning location, Ferny Crofts boasts a whole host of outdoor activities, camping for 500 people, and a variety of indoor accommodation. 


BF Adventures

BF Adventure is an Educational Charity based at the stunning Goodygrane Activity Centre in Cornwall. We run a range of supportive programmes for young people, as well as being the perfect spot for school groups, family days out, holiday activities, childcare and corporate team building.


Blackwell Adventure Outdoor Activity Centre

An outdoor activity and residential centre in the heart of the midlands. Blackwell Adventure is an outdoor activity centre, owned by Birmingham County Scouts. Providing activities and residential experiences to young people from a wide range of backgrounds.


Scout Adventures

Scout Adventures is owned and run by the Scouts. For over 100 years, they have delivered opportunities and activities to millions of young people. When you allow a young person to take a risk in a safe environment, they learn and grow. Ask a young person what they want out of their experience and chances are, they’ll talk about fun and friends. And this has a powerful effect on their learning. Happier children learn more, achieve more and do more. That’s why we promote a happy, caring environment at all our centres. Time around the campfire, bonding over lunch and relaxing in the freedom of the outdoors is vital to having fun. 


Longtown Outdoor Learning

Longtown is all about challenging outdoor adventure activities in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park, with a warm and comfortable base in ​an old coaching​ inn.​ Our multi-activity outdoor education courses aim to promote resilience, self-confidence, consideration for others, caring for the environment and the benefits of an active outdoor lifestyle. This comes from enjoying the successes achieved through personal endeavour and working together, in wild and beautiful landscapes.


Hesley Wood Activity Centre

Delivering Everyday Adventure. We believe that through adventure, young people learn, teamwork, trust, problem solving and many more skills. Hesley Wood offers a fantastic location to learn by doing in a safe, secure environment. With on site activities, which will challenge young people to try new things, develop confidence and above all have FUN!


Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Fifteen Acres of Adventure in the Heart of Leicester. Adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment. 


Frylands Wood outdoor Centre

Frylands Wood focuses on outdoor adventure, managed in a way which encourages and enables as many young people as possible to enjoy and experience the benefits of the natural environment. This includes Scouts, Guides, Uniformed Organisations, Schools, Churches and other Youth Groups. We also offer children’s birthday parties or corporate away-days.


Woodlands Adventure

Woodlands Adventure offers both residential and non-residential outdoor activities for school trips, youth and uniform groups, colleges and universities and sports/social clubs – Woodlands Adventure activity centre is the place to be! Have fun, make friends, get fit, learn – enjoy the great outdoors.


Running Apprenticeships gives us the opportunity to give back to the industry as well as train those who are interested in the industry to a high standard. Opening a gateway and a step up into the industry for those that are only just beginning along with gaining skills for life and not just for the future work. Many of our apprentices go on to work around the world for various companies, which we are immensely proud of and it is fantastic for us to see the opportunities that have been opened up for them and to watch then grow and succeed in so many different ways. 

Lucy Oram – Scout Adventures


In my view apprentices are far better prepared for the workplace than students at college. The critical distinction is the experience of working with people day in and day out, both colleagues but more importantly customers. There is no way any college course can rival the opportunities for developing leadership, communication, initiative and teamwork that the workplace provides. These factors are much more important than an individual’s technical or academic capabilities when assessing their potential as an instructor. 

– Mike Fawcett – Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre