Level 1 Outdoor Instructor – Frank Chapman Centre

Newave Education and The Frank Chapman Centre are seeking to recruit a Level 1 Outdoor Instructor to work as part of the Frank Chapman tutorial team between April 2019 and October 2019. To apply for this position, please follow the details on this page bu clicking on the links provided.

Position:                               Level 1 Outdoor Instructor
Team:                                    Outdoor Leadership Team
Start Date:                             TBC
Salary Range:                       £19,210 – £21,210
Employment Type:               Fixed Term April 2019 – October 2019
Full-time between April 2019 and October 2019

About The Frank Chapman Centre

The centre, founded in 1928, is part of the Sandwell Residential Education Service (SRES) which is a group of 4 centres across the Midlands and North Wales.  We are an AHOEC Gold Standard centre, situated in 90 acres of SSSI oak forest working with our sister centres in Edgmond Hall, Ingestre Hall and Plas Gwynant to provide for the needs of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and others.

Newave Education works in a strategic partnership with The Frank Chapman Centre and the wider Sandwell Residential Service to provide high quality residential experiences to Children and Young people throughout the year. This post will be contracted through Newave Education.

The Frank Chapman Centre is part of Sandwell Residential Education Service which delivers a unique range of transferable learning experiences through outdoor exploration, adventure and creative arts. We exist to provide sustainable lifelong learning opportunities for children, young people and adults to become happier and more successful.


About Newave Education

Newave Education is an award winning independent organisation that specialises in creative learning experiences and educational support services. The organisation works in partnership with schools, MATS and other education establishments to support teaching and learning through embedding creative arts into the heart of the curriculum.  Since its formation in 2009, Newave has established itself as one of the Midland’s leading independent creative organisations and employs over 120 music, arts and outdoor staff members throughout the year.

Newave is committed to fulfilling its duty to safeguard and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People. This position is subject to an Enhanced DBS check and satisfactory completion of induction and selection process in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding policies.

Job Overview

 The Instructor (Level 1) will work as part of the tutorial team providing, delivering and assisting with high quality outdoor learning in a residential setting.

Job Description

Your duties and responsibilities are:-

Within SRES guidelines and Centre procedures, the Instructor will:

  • Work as a member of the Centre team, in line with the Centre philosophy and aims.
  • Deliver and assist with Centre courses, including planning and preparation, reviewing, and pupil/student progression.
  • Be responsible for group safety and welfare whilst in their care.
  • Assist with mentoring and assessing Centre Assistants.
  • Assist and lead with group domestic routines, including induction of resident groups.
  • Advise, support, and work alongside visiting teachers and other group leaders.
  • Undertake pre-course liaison as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain resources.
  • Assist with development of the Centre grounds and site for educational and recreational use.
  • Conduct and record routine safety checks on adventurous activity equipment as required.
  • Contribute fully to risk assessments and H&S issues.
  • Assist with maintenance and development of Centre presentation.
  • Take an active role in generating and maintaining sources of income and investigating new funding opportunities.
  • Liaise with and occasionally work at other Sandwell Centres as required.
  • Participate in SRES/Newave development.
  • Represent the Centre on appropriate local, regional, national bodies
  • Write reports and keep records as required.
  • Undertake training as identified and appropriate to effectively carry out the duties to this post.
  • Adopt flexible working patterns.
  • It is the responsibility of each employee to carry out their duties in line with policies on equality (please refer to the Police Statement), harassment, racial, equality and the CRE action plan, and be sensitive and caring to the needs of the disadvantaged, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment. Each employee should act as an exemplar on these issues and must, where appropriate, identify and monitor training for themselves and any employees they are responsible for in line with these policies and the CRE standards.
  • Use and development of ICT as required.
  • It is your responsibility to carry out your duties in line with company policy on equality and be sensitive and caring to the needs of the disadvantaged, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment. You should act as an exemplar on these issues and should identify and monitor training for yourself and any employees for whom you are responsible, in line with this policy and the Equality Act 2010.
  • Such other duties as may be appropriate to achieve the objectives of the post to assist the Thematic Area in the fulfilment of its objectives commensurate with the post holder’s salary grade, abilities and aptitudes.
  • The post holder must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with the due regard to the Centre’s policy, organisation and arrangement for Health and Safety at Work


Higher/Further Education qualification or equivalent 1 year work experience in Outdoor Learning/Education and 1 of the following qualifications are essential:

  • CWA or higher
  • WGL or higher (6 months)
  • GNAS Archery Leader (Level 1 Coach in Archery)
  • OL Foundation Bushcraft (1 Year)
  • APIOL (1 Year)
  • MTB (Level 1)
  • ERCA Instructor

Desirable qualifications are:

Forest School/Environmental Management or other such equivalent qualifications.

To apply for this job please download and complete the below application form:

Job Specification
Application Form (word)
Application Form (PDF)

Reporting to:                                     Catherine McCamphill (Operational Manager Frank Chapman)
Closing Deadline:                             5pm on the 8th April 2019
Interviews:                                         11th& 12th April 2019 (please note, if you are unable to make an interview date, we will offer flexibility in order for you to attend.

Please send your completed application to Catherine_McCamphill@sandwell.gov.uk 

If you have any questions, please call 01889 270225 and ask to speak to John Percival or Catherine McCamphill.

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