News 2018 

Title:  Mountain Training Update December 2018
Date:  20/12/2018

Our last week in the office finds us busy and excited, preparing for the launch of two new schemes in January, recruiting additional providers for our Coaching Scheme and trying to get everyone's Christmas book orders out in time for the big day. Here's a quick run down of the latest news from Mountain Training.

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Supporting candidates with a disability

Mountain Training providers are supported and encouraged to include people with disabilities where appropriate into our courses to promote the right to equality and equal opportunity for all. In recent years candidates with visual/hearing impairments, missing limbs, autism and PTSD have successfully attended courses and gained qualifications. We'd like to encourage more people with a disability to start a conversation with one of our approved providers to see what they can achieve. Find out more


New website coming soon...

At the end of January we'll be launching our new look website! The aim is to freshen up the current design and address the increase in mobile/tablet use. The content will remain largely the same although we will better explain our links to our stakeholder organisations so let us know if you've got any suggestions.


PhD research - mid point

We've reached the mid point of our PhD research into enhancing training pathways and have recently had over 1,000 responses to a survey about candidate experiences of the Mountain Leader scheme. The research is focusing on improving the candidate journey from Mountain Leader training to assessment and any learning will likely be applied across other schemes as well. A second round of surveys will be going out shortly and we look forward to sharing the results with you in due course


Rock Climbing Development Instructor - syllabus finalised

The syllabus for the third of our new schemes, Rock Climbing Development Instructor, has been finalised and work is currently underway on the candidate handbook. Provider recruitment will begin in the near future, followed by an induction process for successful applicants.


Scheme in focus: Winter Mountain Leader

Winter Mountain Leaders are trained and assessed to lead groups in the mountains in winter conditions. Being able to introduce people to the mountains in winter can be a really fulfilling experience and this scheme is a great way to develop your personal and leadership skills. Registration for this scheme involves an approval process; applicants must be qualified Mountain Leaders with 20 winter quality mountain days and experience of walking and mountaineering in three different areas of the UK. Registration cost: £55 Training: 6 days (including a two day expedition) Assessment: 5 days (including a three day expedition)Read our interviews with three Winter Mountain Leaders Cat Trebilco, Crystal Patton and Craig McLaren


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