Young Bristol employs 11 Outdoor Employment Trainees!

We are thrilled to share that Young Bristol has employed another 11 young people from our Outdoor Employment Programme, onto the Go Aloft programme!

Our Outdoor Employment Programme (formerly known as the Instructor Training Scheme) is an entirely free programme that trains young people aged 16 – 25, who lack direction to become an outdoor activity instructor in a variety of outdoor activities including Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing and High Ropes.

After considerable training with Young Bristol, the group of 11 trainees from our Outdoor Employment Programme, have passed a challenging high ropes instructor assessment and will now be a part of the ‘Go Aloft!’ experience on the SS Great Britain, supporting hundreds of people to climb the rigging. 

Since 2014, Young Bristol has directly employed over 60 young people aged 16 – 25 with significant barriers to employment, to work with the SS Great Britain. Congratulations on your hard work and commitment to the programme!

We are recruiting!

We are now recruiting for new trainees to become Outdoor Instructors. Not only will you gain qualifications in Outdoor Pursuits and receive a First Aid Certificate, you will also meet new friends, build confidence and improve your physical and mental ability. All of which will increase your future work opportunities.

The free programme runs one afternoon and one evening session per week, usually on a Thursday from our Pooles Wharf Outdoor Activity Centre and aims to fit in around existing college and work commitments.

If you are interested please get in touch with Phil Harris, Outdoor Instructor Training Coordinator on 0117 929 2513 or email

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