Quite simply our location is unbeatable! YMCA Lakeside has an enviable reputation in the Outdoor Education industry and is renowned for quality instruction and high standards. As part of the worldwide movement of YMCA's our ethos is of inclusivity and our aim is to change and enhance young lives. We are an educational charity which means any surplus income is put back into Lakeside to improve our facilities and ensure the best value for our school and youth programmes. Our entire team work hard to deliver the best experience for all our diverse guests. Our instructors are quite simply the best in the business and we all share a passion for working in the great outdoors. This year we're launching a £6.8m new Schools' Campus which means we can now comfortably accommodate over 450.



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What makes your company different from the competition?

You'll find YMCA Lakeside hidden with 400 acres of private woodland in the Unesco World Heritage Lake District National Park. Set against the sparkling waters of Lake Windermere, we've been a centre of excellence in outdoor learning for over 60 years. In that time we've helped more than a million children and young people to explore the outdoors, challenge themselves and build a better future.

With over 50 water and land-based outdoor activities, we are one of the largest and most established Outdoor Education Centres in Europe. We work with schools, youth groups, families and even offer corporate and professional development programmes.


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How many people do you employ or train each year?

YMCA Lakeside employs over 100 people and we take on approximately 70 full time paid instructors each year. In addition we also recruit for seasonal volunteer activity staff- many of whom join us from around the world.

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

YMCA Lakeside is a very special place to live and work. We offer a nurturing and supportive environment and emphasis is placed on the standard and quality of our training. We concentrate on your personal development and whilst we ask you to put a lot into your role - we know that you will reap the rewards and set yourself up for a great career. We understand that a career in this industry is not just a job- it's a lifestyle choice. We value all our employees and whilst we take our work and training very seriously the emphasis is very much on fun!

We know that joining YMCA Lakeside as a trainee or junior instructor will open up so many opportunities. You will be linked up with a mentor form the senior instructor team; here you will learn not only how to lead activities but also how to run evaluation sessions where your feedback helps determine the impact our activities has on young lives.

And what's more you'll make memories - and friendships that will last a lifetime.