A Unique and Fulfilling Gap Year Experience
What is Firm Foundations?
We run a highly successful gap year programme called Firm Foundations, the course is completely free and a great introduction to the outdoor industry or a challenging year out. Firm Foundations provides a unique opportunity to gain 6 to 10 NGB qualifications free of charge.
During the year you will learn various skills and be trained to run many different activities for schools and visitors of our activity centres. You will gain industry standard qualifications which will allow you to progress into the outdoor adventure industry no matter what you decide to do at the end of the 12-month scheme.
Where is the scheme based?
The scheme is run at our two activity centres Whitemoor Lakes in Staffordshire and Pioneer centre in Shropshire.
Whitemoor Lakes is based near Lichfield the activities are land, water and ropes based. For a full list of Activities see our activities page, here are some of them: fencing, archery, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, high ropes, climbing, abseil and zip wire.
Pioneer Centre is based near Kidderminster, the activities are predominantly land based both Roped and Skilled, to see our activities visit our activities page or check out our Instagram @pioneer_acuk : some activities include Climbing, High Ropes, Ariel Trek, Raft Building, Archery and The Giant Swing.
When does it start and how do I apply?
We have 2 intake’s each year January and August – our next intakes will be starting in August 2023 – You can apply through the link at the bottom of the page.
The Firm Foundations scheme is open to international volunteers however you will require a Tier 5 Visa to be considered for the scheme – we cannot offer this directly but have contact with third party organisations that can help.
A taste of what the year is like
The year will provide you with a fun and challenging opportunity to begin your career in the outdoors or learn a new set of skills in your gap year, you will receive all the training you need in-house to deliver a wide range of outdoor sessions to a variety of different groups.
What qualifications could I get?
Rescue Emergency Care
Fencing Core Coach
British Fencing Association
Archery Instructor Award
Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
PLUS: Training Budget for other Qualifications
For more information on further qualifications specific to each centre please get in touch!
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