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Professional Matters (July 2021)

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IOL are working for a single UK wide professional and apprenticeship standards framework for our sector that will enable new starters, career developers and employers to easily assess the appropriate qualifications that meet the agreed minimum standards.

Employers from across the sector and home nations have contributed to two previous consultations in January 2020 and December 2020 on the typical duties and the required knowledge skills and behaviours of an Outdoor Learning Specialist.

Development of the standard

The development of this Occupational Standard over the past 2 years has been employer- led in consultation with education and training provers and the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

The knowledge, skills and behaviours described are fully aligned with the July 2021 submission for approval of the Outdoor Learning Specialist Apprenticeship (Level 5) to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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Review the Standard

An Occupational Standard describes the minimum required knowledge, skills and behaviours for a role. Additional education and training may be required to meet the needs of the Home Nation and Employer.

▪ Employing organisations should ensure an individual’s education, training and experience is appropriate to the context in which they are working or volunteering.
▪ Education and training should meet accepted good practice and recognised awarding and governing body standards for the role.
Employing organisations should ensure an individual’s education, training and experience is appropriate to the context in which they are working or volunteering.
Education and training should meet accepted good practice and recognised awarding and governing body standards for the role.

Download the draft Standards HERE

This consultation period is an opportunity for any further comments to be addressed prior to the first issue of the Occupational Standard. We are particularly keen to hear from those based in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

An employer group will review all comments received and make recommendations for changes to the document.

You can complete the consultation survey here. Consultation period closes 31 July 2021.

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NOLA recognises and captures the personal development outcomes of participants during a residential or regular outdoor learning experience.

The award has been trialled and found to be effective in a number of different outdoor learning contexts (schools, residential centres, National Park groups). It is underpinned by educational best practice and European welfare legislation.

▪ NOLA can be used with different ages, needs, outdoor environments (on-site, woodland, hill, sea etc.), different activities (outdoor, adventure, field study, environmental) and with single and multiple session programmes
▪ NOLA assists learners to develop high levels of motivation, esteem, skill, knowledge and desire to learn.
▪ NOLA provides evidence of development in three areas - self, others and the environment.
▪ NOLA gives outdoor learning professionals and organisations the opportunity to embed personal development into their delivery.
NOLA can be used with different ages, needs, outdoor environments (on-site, woodland, hill, sea etc.), different activities (outdoor, adventure, field study, environmental) and with single and multiple session programmes
NOLA assists learners to develop high levels of motivation, esteem, skill, knowledge and desire to learn.
NOLA provides evidence of development in three areas - self, others and the environment.
NOLA gives outdoor learning professionals and organisations the opportunity to embed personal development into their delivery.

Find out more here...

For a copy of the pack contact Fiona at IOL.

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RPIOL, APIOL, LPIOL Awards are quality marks

RPIOL, APIOL, LPIOL Awards recognise the values, understanding and leadership approach of outdoor professionals. You work with a coach to complete a reflective application and are then assessed against published criteria.

▪ RPIOL, APIOL and LPIOL Awards enhance your professional recognition and show your commitment to reflective practice.
▪ RPIOL, APIOL and LPIOL Award Holders automatically fulfil the requirements for Associate Professional Recognition.
▪ Many APIOL and LPIOL Award Holders automatically fulfil the requirements for Professional Recognition.
RPIOL, APIOL and LPIOL Awards enhance your professional recognition and show your commitment to reflective practice.
RPIOL, APIOL and LPIOL Award Holders automatically fulfil the requirements for Associate Professional Recognition.
Many APIOL and LPIOL Award Holders automatically fulfil the requirements for Professional Recognition.

Find out more...

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Qualifications and experience

Professional Recognition benchmarks your knowledge, skills and education at a level matched to other professions. You submit evidence in order to show you meet set requirements.

▪ Associate professional recognition is for you if you have responsibility for leading safe and engaging outdoor learning sessions to achieve intended outcomes.
▪ Professional recognition is for you if you have responsibility for shaping effective outdoor learning by exercising autonomy and judgement within medium / long term parameters.
Associate professional recognition is for you if you have responsibility for leading safe and engaging outdoor learning sessions to achieve intended outcomes.
Professional recognition is for you if you have responsibility for shaping effective outdoor learning by exercising autonomy and judgement within medium / long term parameters.

See the Map of Professional Recognition holders. The map icons now show 'Professional in Outdoor Learning' as Managers, Delivery Specialists, Advisors or Workforce Trainers.

For details and application forms click here.

Associate professional recognition and professional recognition are free member benefits.

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New look and features

The BEST outdoor jobs listings with new job adverts coming in all the time.
Searchable under caterogies, salaries, locations and job type.
Go and take a look!

Organisations - find out how to list YOUR team vacancies for free here

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IOL Social media icons

IOL is very active on social media - not just Twitter

We like to keep channels open for our members and others to keep in touch, updated and to discuss whats going on in the outdoor learning sector.
Find out more...

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Who to contact at IOL

▪ Louise Keir, Operations Manager
▪ Neal Anderson, Professional Standards Manager
▪ Dave Brooks, Member Services Admin (Membership, Bookshop)
▪ Fiona Exon, Media/Publishing (Web listings, Advertising with IOL)
▪ Steve Ullyart, IT Manager (Accounts payable, IOL IT)
Louise Keir, Operations Manager
Neal Anderson, Professional Standards Manager
Dave Brooks, Member Services Admin (Membership, Bookshop)
Fiona Exon, Media/Publishing (Web listings, Advertising with IOL)
Steve Ullyart, IT Manager (Accounts payable, IOL IT)
 
 
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