Apprenticeship helps an outdoor professional refine his practice

September 26, 2018

Completing an apprenticeship while working as a teacher is a great way to model learning in front of your students, says Dave Thomas, head of outdoor education at South Otago High School.

Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation for outdoor recreation, recently caught up with Dave (pictured above, centre) to talk about his Multi-Activity Instructor apprenticeship, and his passion for introducing students to the outdoors.

In a brand new video, Dave explains that although he was already qualified in outdoor recreation, after eight years in the working world he thought it was time to refresh his skills.

One thing he really liked about the apprenticeship, Dave says, was the opportunity to have a Skills Active assessor to come and observe him at work and evaluate his techniques.

“Having now done my apprenticeship I got some really key pointers - things that had evolved as the industry evolved, and things that I can now add into my practice.”

Being on-job training, the apprenticeship fitted in really well around his work, Dave adds.

“My students have been really supportive. They see me do my training, my education, alongside their own. They are my clients, so to speak.”

Dave is also a finalist in the Skills Active 2018 Apprentice of the Year competition! Keep an eye on our website for updates on Dave and his fellow candidates.


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About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for sport, recreation, exercise, aquatics, dive, snowsport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, funded by government to promote sport, recreation and performing arts careers and workforce development, create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.