Tom Flangan, along with 7 other participants took part in what they have described as a “a once in a life-time opportunity” funded by Erasmus+, designed and delivered by Galway based training specialists Landon Carver in conjunction with UCPA and Action Outdoors.
The placements provided an incredible opportunity for VET professionals working in the outdoor industry and those involved in the delivery and implementation of QQI
Level 5 or QQI Level 6 programmes. This opportunity provided funding for 8 candidates to spend 14 days in Chamonix with Action Outdoors attaining the knowledge, skills and competences required to develop and deliver their QQI Programmes in the future.
Most of all, the placements allowed the participants to develop and grow personally as well as professionally and provided them with a remarkable adventure and valuable experience.
“I learnt a lot today. I am looking forward to bringing those skills to my class and also use them on a personal level.” – Karen Parkison, Team Leader Programme 2016
This bespoke Team Leader Programme provided the candidates with a practical enhancement of their existing skills which could then be transferred to their work places in Ireland.
The participants had an opportunity to expand their networking skills and connections by meeting other instructors and mentors with similar skill sets and experience.
The whole adventure took place in Chamonix with breath-taking landscapes and local tradition and culture accompanying the participants and their training on every step of the way. The programme culminated with a self-guided expedition ensuring the candidates had the skills to effectively and safely bring a group to an outdoor setting like Chamonix.
Everchanging weather conditions and a constant need to push themselves further made this trip an unforgettable experience for all the participants. Even at the preparation stage the level of excitement and interest in the programme was tangible with new applications and interested participants applying from all over Ireland.
The Team Leader Ptogramme is one of a series of programs delivered by Landon Carver under the banner of CARVE programs. All the placements in CARVE programs are funded through Erasmus+ and designed to enhance different sectors of the outdoor sector in Ireland.
All the CARVE programmes developed by Landon Carver seek to make lifelong learning and mobility a reality for their participants.
“This programme was a great opportunity to gain new knowledge and develop and learn new skills. It has provided me with valuable experience which I use when delivering programmes back in Ireland.” – Catriona Daly, Team Leader Programme 2016
While on each placement the candidates develop a concrete plan on how they will use the obtained experience and skills to impact their own organization, and furthermore – their own region. Implementation of this Program Improvement Plan (PIP) will shape the quality of the QQI programs provided in Ireland.
“All these skills will be invaluable when delivering our FETAC (QQI) Level 5 outdoors courses and for taking groups on self guided tours in the mountains in Ireland.” – Tom Flangan, Team Leader Programme 2016.
Landon Carver designs, develops and delivers programmes like Team Leader every year. Outdoor and Adventure sports and activities are a true passion for everyone at Landon Carver which is reflected in the variety and volume of placements for the sector in the recent years. Among other programs, the participants had a chance to take part in Wind Surfing Placements, Mountain Biking Programmes, Ski and Snowboarding Placements and many more.
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