Outdoor Adventure graduates securing full-time roles with placement providers

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Hartpury College’s longstanding partnerships with business has led to a 100 per cent employment rate for its students working towards a career in the Outside Adventure industry.

Rated Ofsted Outstanding in all areas, Hartpury works with a wide range of placement providers to give all its students – Animal, Agriculture, Equine, Sport and Veterinary Nursing – a competitive edge when they embark on their dream careers in their chosen industry.

For the past 15 years, the Outdoor Adventure team within Hartpury’s Sports department has collaborated with specialist companies PGL, Acorn Adventure and Rockley Watersports and local centres Croft Farm Sail and Paddle, and Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre.

Before winning a term-long paid placement with these providers, students gain real-life experience by having to apply and, if successful, then going through an interview process to secure the role.

Emily Fussey, Lecturer in Outdoor Adventure, said working with the companies had resulted in students on Level 3 Outdoor Adventure courses moving straight into employment when they graduate.

“These five companies provide wonderful opportunities to our students as they put them on to the first steps of the ladder into a career in the outdoor adventure industry,” said Emily.

“Due to the support of tutors, the professionalism of our students and the positive relationships with providers, we consistently have 100% of our students in employment with one of our providers straight from the Level 3 Outdoor Adventure courses.

“Many of the students will continue with the companies with a number rising through the ranks to senior positions.

“We strive to give our students the best start in to their career in the outdoor industry.

“Through our extensive experience, we are able to guide and support our students through numerous qualifications as well as the application and interview processes leading on to the first steps in their roles as outdoor adventurous instructors.

“We are very proud of our past and present students as we always get tremendous feedback from our placement providers.”

Eddy Mead, an Outdoor Adventure Diploma graduate, is now a raft and kayak instructor at Cardiff International White Water Centre following a work placement.

“I met a lot of like-minded ‘outdoorsy’ people at Hartpury and had some really good experiences,” said Eddy.

“I’m really passionate about outdoor adventure – I’ve been kayaking since I was 10 – and I enjoy showing students that they can really go places with it.”

Picture: Eddy Mead, an Outdoor Adventure Diploma graduate who now works at Cardiff International White Water Centre

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