Miriam Haskins, along with 7 other participants took part in what they have described as “aonce in a life-time opportunity”Funded by Erasmus+ designed and delivered by Galway based training specialists Landon Carver in conjunction with Wilderness Scotland.
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 8 days in Scotland with Wilderness Scotland attaining the knowledge, skills and competences required to develop and deliver their QQI Mountain Biking 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.
“Great Programme! Very well organized. I would highly recommend it to the other members of the staff and people in the outdoor community in Ireland”– Ruiari Leddy, Mountain Biking Programme.
This “Live” multi-day trip 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 the spectacular Scottish countryside with breath-taking landscapes and local tradition and local culture accompanying the bikers and their training on every step of the way. Each day featured a 6-8 hour session which consisted of covering distances from 60-70km! Wild mountain environments, 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. As stated by one of the applicants Eoin Hogan prior to departure: “Excited about the opportunity, and how it could benefit my work with Clare Development Company in promoting and delivering superior facilities in Clare for Mountain Bikers while also allowing improved delivery of QQI Level 5.
Tourism management course.
The Mountain Biking program 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. Landon Carver strives to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training received by the participants on their programmes through fostering further learning, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue.
̶“I have to say I really enjoyed the trip and got a lot from it. It was a great experience to spend the week with mountain bikers and learn so much from them” – Geaorge Allen, Mountain Biking Programme.
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 the 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.
Landon Carver designs, develops and delivers programmes like Mountain Biking 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, Team Leader Programmes, Ski and Snowboarding Placements and many more.
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