FREE Firm Foundations Instructor Training Scheme is run at NAYC/ACUK centres. ACUK is the wholly owned operating company of the registered charity Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC). Established in 1961 by the late Rev Harry Whittaker MBE, NAYC has extended its influence and involvement far beyond the county boundaries of Northamptonshire. Operating upon a foundation of Christian principles and offering service regardless of race, religion or creed, NAYC has over 50 years experience in providing people with opportunities. The Firm Foundations Instructor Training Program is for 18+ year olds. The scheme offers free meals, free accommodation and free Nationally Governing Body Qualifications; plus £200 subsistence per month to spend as you wish. The scheme is one year long. We have two intakes per year: Pioneer Centre [August]/ Whitemoor Lakes [January] Towards the end of the year, you will have the opportunity to apply for a full time instructor role.

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What makes your company different from the competition?

Our scheme is genuinely FREE. The Training is assessed though internal assessments and external governing bodies for example British Fencing Association and British Canoe Union amongst others.

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How many people do you employ or train each year?

NAYC/ACUK as a whole takes on 30 Trainee Instructors each year.

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Why are you a good company to work for or train with?

We are passionate about young people experiencing new challenges and achieving their full potential. We are passionate about the guests who come to our centres and use our facilities. You will have the best year of your life. You will have so much fun making new friends and learning new skills.

The Firm Foundations Training Scheme is for people who want a career in the industry but also for people who enjoy sports and activities and want a gap-year.

In previous years our Trainees have got jobs as instructors, other have gone onto teacher training, youthwork or studying.

Whilst at an ACUK centre you will develop your people skills, you will learn to manage a group, and to encourage them to achieve and conquer new challenges that they didn't think were possible.