Learning in a yurt pays off in Norwich

An outdoor adventure course at City College Norwich, which saw students learning in Mongolian yurts, has been hailed a success after more than two-thirds landed jobs in their chosen industry.

Since September, the course has been based at Eaton Vale Activity Centre where the unusual structures have been used as classrooms.

Already 22 of the 31 second-year students have secured employment linked to outdoor activities with roles at Eaton Vale, Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre, The Horsted Centre, and Hautbois Girlguiding Centre.

Adam Williams, course leader, said: 'It has been a great year and we are delighted that so many of our students are moving on to jobs in the outdoor activity industry where they can put into practice the skills they have learned on the course.'

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure) course has also opened up opportunities for international work, with one student heading off to an outdoor activity centre in France and another going to work in Canada.

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The remaining students have all either found work outside the outdoor activity industry or secured places on higher education courses.

By basing its students the Eaton Vale activity centre, City College was able to give its students valuable work experience as they helped deliver outdoor activities for some of the site's 24,000 visitors each year.

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While on the two-year course students gained instructor skills and qualifications in outdoor pursuits like canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and climbing.

Richard Lang, operations manager at Eaton Vale, who has taken on five first-year and five second-year students to work at the centre over the summer, said: 'Having the students co-located in a working environment means that they are employment-ready. The students have had the benefit of training at a leading outdoor activity centre and gaining work experience here, which has engaged and enthused them.'

Do you have an education story? Contact Victoria Leggett on 01603 772468 or email victoria.leggett@archant.co.uk.

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