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Leadership scheme provider and course director approval

New leadership scheme provider approvals

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Mountain Training England has taken the decision to restrict applications for new provider approval in 2022. By doing so we intend to support our existing providers enabling them to consolidate and prepare for future delivery following a very challenging period. This restriction applies to new and existing providers.

Mountain Training England is presently developing its delivery model with the specific aim to broaden the participation in, and delivery of, its leadership and skills schemes.

Mountain Training England's Strategic Plan outlines our vision and mission. Within this three key mission goals are stated;
  • Increase female leadership.
  • Increase ethnic diversity of participation – through partnerships and support.
  • Develop our research and insight, and educate the workforce to support those with additional needs.
Applications are open for all of our schemes (with the exception of Rock Climbing Development Instructor) to those who meet our minimum requirements and are able to reliably access these under-represented groups when delivering courses.

In all cases;
  • Applicants must be able to evidence access to under-represented groups on application.
  • A minimum of 20 female, ethnic minority or disabled candidates must attend courses delivered by the provider in the probationary period
If you recognise you are unable to achieve this but feel your involvement would signifcantly benefit Mountain Training England, for example you can prove exclusive access to an inaccessible market, please do get in touch to discuss.

New course director approvals

Existing providers are able to apply for additional course directors to support delivery without restriction. 'Part 2' of the application form below supports submission. As noted above Mountain Training England is particularly interested in supporting applications from under-represented groups.



Application guidance




What is a Mountain Training provider?


Providers are approved to deliver Mountain Training leadership schemes on behalf of Mountain Training England.

A provider can be an individual or an organisation. The provider account held on Mountain Training’s Candidate Management System (CMS) has an individual ‘owner’. This individual is the primary link between the provider and Mountain Training England. An outline of the ‘Providers Responsibilities’ can be found here

What is a Mountain Training course director?


Course directors are approved by Mountain Training England to lead specific Mountain Training leadership scheme courses on behalf of an approved provider. An outline of the ‘Course director Responsibilities’ can be found here. Course directors cannot operate independently and must be linked to an approved provider.

Within set ratios course directors can have additional course staff working with them on the course. This will allow providers to deliver courses to the maximum course number. Staff are expected to be approperiately qualified and experienced (as outlined here) but they do not require formal approval.

Ongoing costs to retain approval


There is an annual provider fee (£125, which includes 1 free course director) and a fee for each additional approved course director (£20). Course directors must attend a practical update once every 3 years (£30).

‘Application submission’


Mountain Training England accepts new leadership schemes provider applications once a year. Applications must be formally submitted by 12 noon, 14th Jan 2022. We welcome informal, verbal communication prior to application but will not comment in writing without formal submission.

To apply applicants must complete the application form and pay the fee (£50). Multiple schemes can be applied for, at an additional cost of £25 per scheme.

In all cases a nominated course director is required for each scheme approval. Provider and tutor application is made at the same time for new approvals. The application fee includes one course tutor. If additional tutors are required the fee is an additional £25 per individual.

Please understand Mountain Training England is under no obligation to accept new applications and the submission fee is non-refundable.

Application criteria


Provider requirements

Applicants must be able to evidence the following;

1. Sustainable business

Applicants must demonstrate they have a solid, sustainable business plan to reliably run a significant number of courses into the future for the specific scheme.

2. Target markets

Applicants must demonstrate they have access to a specific catchment of candidates. Evidence should be supplied on application, in particular; any links to relevent organisations, marketing material or details of existing client groups.

As noted;
  • Applicants must be able to evidence access to under-represented groups on application.
  • Each course delivered within the probationary period must have a minimum of 6 female, BAME or disabled candidates in attendance.
3. Course places

Mountain Training England expect providers to run a good number of courses each year, and for growth in course places to be aspired to. Applicants who wish to deliver a very limited number of courses with minimal numbers would not be seen as beneficial to the future delivery plan, and are unlikely to be accepted. As a guideline we would expect providers to run a minimum of two well attended courses each year, for each scheme they are approved to provide.

4. Course base and facilities

Applicants must evidence they have access to suitable briefing and teaching areas, conducive to the training and assessment of candidates. These teaching areas must be close to approperiate venues to minimise travel.

Course director requirements

All provider applications require a nominated course director. The individual must have the following evidenced in their account on Mountain Training’s CMS;

Essential:

1. Have held the relevant (or higher award) for at least 12 months as follows;
  • Lowland Leader - Mountain Leader
  • Hill and Moorland Leader - Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor or International Mountain Leader
  • Mountain Leader - Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor & Winter Mountain Leader or International Mountain Leader & Winter Mountain Leader
  • Indoor Climbing Assistant – Climbing Wall Development Instructor
  • Climbing Wall Instructor - Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor
  • Climbing Wall Development Instructor - Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor
  • Rock Climbing Instructor – Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor
In addition to the relevant leadership award above all climbing course directors must hold Foundation Coach training or equivalent coach training in another discipline (e.g. BCU Coach Award, BCU Level 1 Coach, Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling), in addition to ‘FUNdamentals of Climbing 1’ (no 12 month requirement as above).

2. Have extensive experience of operating with as an award holder of the qualification being applied for. Detailed experience should be recorded in Dlog.

3. Have a minimum of 4 full courses of experience for the qualification being applied for, with at least 2 different providers, within the last 5 year period. All applicants will be expected to gain an additional 2 full courses of experience working with other providers within the probationary period (1st year) to be granted full approval. Applicants who have 6 full courses of experience on initial application will be exempt from this requirement. These must be a mix of training and assessment and must be recorded on the relevant provider’s course report within the Candidate Management System. Staffing or observation will suffice.

In the case of Indoor Climbing Assistant applicants must have experience of 2 full Climbing Wall Instructor training courses only.

4. Be a member of one of the associations: MTA, AMI, BAIML or BMG.

5. Safeguarding - If the provider has declared that they deliver, or intend to deliver Mountain Training courses to U18s applicants should also have access to the following;
  • DBS reference number of the individual/s
  • Evidence of face to face safeguarding training for the individual/s.
Desirable:
  • Attended a Mountain Training Train the Trainers workshop.
  • Completed Foundation Coach (climbing award applicants).
  • Attended a Mountain Training course director and staff update workshop.
  • Attendance on an approved Mountain Training assessor’s workshop.
  • Be a member of a mountaineering council.
  • Involvement in the delivery of in-house training relevant to the scheme.
  • Have experience working for a variety of appropriate organisations and with diverse groups.

‘Application vetted by Screening Committee’


Once received applications are verified by a Mountain Training administrator before being passed to the Screening Committee. The role of the administrator is to ensure the application is complete and our requirements have been satisfied for both the provider and tutor concerned. This will include ensuring applicants can satisfy our safeguarding requirements.

Screening

The role of the Screening Committee is to impartially consider applications for provider and course staff approval and subsequently make recommendations to the Mountain Training England Board. Consideration is given to the full application submitted, aligned to criteria outlined.

Screening process

With the support of the Development Officer the Technical Support Administrator supports initial screening by validating evidence submitted. The original applications are supplied to the committee members.

Screening Committee members are requested to state any potential conflicts of interest with each application received. Where a potential conflict may influence impartiality, the Officer outlines the extent to which individual participate in screening. This will relate to the issue concerned.

Members are requested to comment separately on each application. Comments are collated by the Officer concerned and commonly include their personal recommendation to accept or reject an application. Where opinions differ, the Officer communicates with all to find resolution.

Although screening is primarily based on evidence submitted by applicants of adherence to outlined application criteria, the Screening Committee has the discretion to recommend rejecting applications if there are other less quantifiable causes for concern. The Screening Committee also has the discretion to recommend accepting applications on merit if they can see other significant evidence of competence and experience.

Although the aim is to reach consensus, where this is not possible the majority view is taken. The majority view is then reported to the Board.

Outcome

In the case of successful applications, probationary terms to acceptance are suggested. Where the Screening Committee recommends rejecting an application, their reasoning is outlined. The Development Officer communicates this to the Mountain Training England Board.

‘Mountain Training England Board approval’


The Board considers the recommendations made by the Screening Committee and formally accepts or rejects applications submitted

Applicants can expect to hear the outcome by 1st March. Probationary conditions are outlined at this time.

Induction attendance


Prior to initial course delivery approved providers and tutors must attend the following;

‘Online introduction to Mountain Training skills scheme delivery’ This is a dedicated event delivered at 7pm, 22nd March as an evening session, 1-2hrs duration. The event is free to attend.

Approved providers and course directors must view admin related content within online webinars prior to practical induction attendance; https://www.mountain-training.org/england/online-administrative-support-for-providers-and-course-staff---webinars

‘Practical induction for Mountain Training skills scheme delivery’. This a 1 day mandatory event (or each scheme approval), where key syllabus content is addressed. The event costs £30 pp delivered at Plas y Brenin as follows;
  • Rock Climbing Instructor - 28th March 2022
  • Indoor Climbing Assistant, Climbing Wall Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor - 29th March 2022
  • Hill and Moorland Leader, Mountain Leader - 30th March 2022
  • Lowland Leader - 31st March 2022

'Applicant is granted approval'


Applicant granted probationary approval

Provisional approval is given to start running courses following induction attendance (early April) The probationary period is an opportunity to review performance and ensure new approvals are used actively and appropriately.

Moderation visit

Mountain Training England aims to moderate new providers as soon as possible. Providers may be contacted at any time to arrange a moderation visit.

Applicant granted approval

Probationary approval is reviewed after 12 months to ensure conditions have been satisfied. If we are satisfied with the conduct, performance and delivery, probationary applicants will be given full approval. Please understand Mountain Training England is under no obligation to give full approval if there is any cause for concern.

Further Guidance


The Mountain Training website outlines our work and gives specific detail on the schemes.

Applicants are welcome to view the Provider and course staff area. This may help individuals understand the requirements and processes involved within course provision. Prior to submission it is worth consulting the 'Mountain Training England Strategic Plan' within and viewing Learn Lead Inspire and Our Ethos to get a feel of who we are and what we do.

For informal, verbal guidance regarding applications you may contact the Siabod Cottage office on 01690 720272.



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