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Could 2021 be the year you swap being chained to a desk for a rewarding career in the outdoors?
Plas y Brenin – the National Outdoor Centre – will host an open day which will take place on April 25, as millions of Brits admit to feeling “hopeless” and “trapped” in boring office jobs.
The free event will give an insight into the Fast Track Adventure Pro – a four-month intensive course which begins in January 2021 – which can open up a plethora of outdoor careers once the world-class training has been completed in the heart of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in Wales.
Managed by the Mountain Training Trust on behalf of Sport England, Plas y Brenin is home to a team of expert instructors who will give a tour of the extensive on-site and off-site facilities available, including sea cliffs, biking trails, freshwater lakes, white water rivers, indoor climbing wall, gym, rolling pool and kit stores.
Sample sessions will take place for those looking to get a taster of what to expect on the Fast Track Adventure Pro course, which begins in January 2021. Over the four months, attendees will learn all they need to Fast Track their way to a career in the outdoors while living on-site during the traditional working week. No previous experience is necessary, but any existing skills and knowledge are taken into account and the programme adapted to meet individual needs and goals.
This year’s Fast Track programme finishes the day before the open day, with a selection of those graduates on hand to talk first-hand about their experiences and their new opportunities.
As boredom and frustration are revealed to be the reason behind 35 per cent of people leaving their jobs, the open day offers an escape route for those wishing for a more fulfilling change of career.
The survey, conducted by recruitment firm Robert Half, also reported that 36 per cent have left their jobs in the past three years – the second-most popular reason was a poor work/life balance (31 per cent) and stagnant career prospects (30 per cent) also a key reason.
Ruth Hall, chief executive at Plas y Brenin, said: “We are seeing more and more people coming to Plas y Brenin to escape from city life and throw the shackles off – even if just for a weekend. The Fast Track Adventure Pro course opens the doors up to those who are in search of a complete career, and lifestyle, change and in just four months, you could be qualified for any number of roles working in outdoor centres across the UK, or strike out on your own and work for yourself. We wholeheartedly encourage anybody who is thinking of making the switch to come to the free open day and see the world of opportunities which await you.”
Plas y Brenin is the National Outdoor Centre and works closely with National Governing Bodies to design and test courses undertaken by elite teams, Mountain Rescue, emergency services and even the military. They train the leaders of tomorrow, so attendees will be receiving the gold standard instruction and treatment.
This time next year, you could be ready to embark on a new career in the outdoors with a wealth of world-class qualifications under your belt.
Or you could still be sat at your desk?