Jobs boost for outdoor education as Abingdon-based Active Learning Group (ALG) announces it is creating more than 700 full, part-time, and seasonal jobs over the coming weeks. The company is recruiting again after a long break to re-start the experiential learning and outdoor education sector.
The jobs will be split across the company’s outdoor brands that include SuperCamps and Camp Wilderness – which offer school holiday experiences, The Bushcraft Company – which offers real outdoor adventure education, Cuffley – the companies redeveloped woodland centre in Hertfordshire that provides multi-activity outdoor learning experiences for children, and the head office in Abingdon.
Nigel Miller, CEO of Active Learning Group, commented saying: “We’re pleased to be back and to be safeguarding more than 700 jobs across all of our outdoor brands, around the country. “Back in October, half of all outdoor education centres faced closure, with 15,000 jobs at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This has been devastating for our industry, but also it’s been devastating for children who have missed out on school trips, activities and holiday clubs.
“We very much see the job creations as a way of boosting the economy again and re-wilding children – to help them get outside, away from screens and back into the great outdoors where they can be free to explore and learn.”
The job opportunities currently open vary from activity, camp and team leaders to early years practitioners, lifeguards and estate managers. This Easter has seen one of ALG’s brands, SuperCamps, open up to children, and it has been one of its busiest seasons on record.
Mr Miller added: “The demand we have seen for our clubs shows no signs of slowing down as the summer season approaches, and with our Camp Wilderness trips open for booking, we are already seeing record numbers of people applying for a weekend getaway.”