Wild Scotland has been contracted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to develop a Guide Training Programme for Outdoor Tourism Guides. The aim is to complement current professional qualifications by focusing on the softer skills required to create a quality holiday/activity experience for our guests. It builds on the Wilderness Guide Training Programme which has been piloted over the last few years and which you may be aware of.
It is anticipated that the Programme (which may have 3 levels) will be open to all guides whatever their outdoor specialism, with the Introductory Level aimed at those considering entering the industry, through to an Advanced Level designed for those guides who have achieved their instructor qualification and wish to complement this with a recognition of the “art” of guiding. It will provide both a recognised transferable qualification, in addition to national qualifications and a valuable opportunity for CPD (continuous professional development). Overall it aims to strengthen the reputation of an ‘adventure/outdoor’ guide and prove the worth of Guiding as a recognised career.
To gather initial feedback on the anticipated programme Wild Scotland kindly ask you to take a few minutes to complete the following survey> www.surveymonkey.com/s/WSguidetraining
The main questions at this stage are:
Does the outline, in particular the 3 stage approach, make sense?
Is the content relevant to your sector? If not, what is missing?
Please remember that this course is not about training guides on the technical skills involved in taking people canoeing, sailing, country sports etc. These qualifications are already in existence. This programme is about filling the gap to ensure that the rest of the experience is first class, i.e. that those softer aspects of an adventure holiday are met. It is all about “guiding” not “instructing”. We know that some areas will overlap with existing instructor courses and there must be recognition of that, with waivers put in place to overcome that overlap.
We appreciate that you may have received this survey through different channels therefore please be assured that Wild Scotland only require this to be completed once.