Last week Jim, Maddie and myself were invited by Boardin Skool’s Adam Williams to the first Norwich Outdoor Professionals meeting at Eaton Vale. It will come as no surprise that when you get a room full of enthusiastic outdoor practitioners together in one place, the conversations were interesting and wide ranging.

After the initial introductions and team challenges! Adam was able to update everyone on current developments within the further education sector with particular regard to the new technical awards and the implications for our industry.

This was followed by Jim who gave an update on developments within AHOEC and the wider sector generally. Some really interesting stuff around the replacement for AALS and ways in which the sector are looking to join up to form one National Organisation for the outdoors. Something else that really stood out is the New Outdoor Citizens Campaign that sounds really exciting and will be the topic of our next blog.

Maddie and myself then gave a presentation on Apprenticeships from a standards perspective rather than frameworks which most of the room were familiar with. This was really well received and we’ve since had some very positive conversations with employers looking to start apprentices in the upcoming Autumn/Winter cohort.

We had a fantastic lunch prepared by the Norwich City College catering apprentices. Followed by James from Silver Birch Canoes, who gave a great talk and demonstration about the business and some of their excellent boats…I think I want a Covert OC1 now!

A fantastic event that will only grow in popularity over the coming years. Big thanks again to Adam Williams of Boardin Skool for his hard work in getting the day together. And also to Susan Newton at Eaton Vale for hosting the event and making the day run so smoothly.

If you weren’t able to make it this time but you’d like more details about apprenticeships please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Maddie in the office. To find out more about the wonderful people that made this event happen, click their logos below.

Eaton Vale Activity Centre

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