About us

Our Vision

Channel Training is a specialist education and training provider in the outdoor sector. It exists to support individuals into and through careers in Outdoor Education and Recreation.

We believe that outdoor and adventurous activities are a natural and vital part of our lives. They make us happy, give us confidence and create positive social interaction. They encourage good health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours in a truly accessible way. They improve attainment in mainstream education, support the development of children and young people and provide a positive narrative for families and communities. They allow us space to just be present, in our complex and challenging society, at a time when we need that the most.

Our vision is one where all individuals, families and communities in our society can access and understand the benefits of outdoor learning.

Our Aims

Outdoor activity providers and their staff have a pivotal role in shaping and delivering these outcomes for our society.  If we can influence the recruitment, training and development of these staff, we can realise our vision with a huge reach and with inherent sustainability.

Channel Training aims to connect employers in our sector with diverse talent and encourage, support and train those staff through high quality Apprenticeship provision.

We aim to develop and maintain outstanding training for successful completion of Apprenticeship Standards at the level appropriate for the learner. This includes success in employer engagement, IAG, recruitment, training, retention, final completion and ongoing employability and support.

With an unswerving belief in the value of outdoor learning, we have created an operation today that influences, empowers and supports thousands of individuals every year.

Meet the Team

Chloe Kinsella

Lead Tutor
Designated Safeguarding Lead

“Being part of the development and growing passion of new industry professionals is an invaluable experience…..

Caroline Young

Quality and Programmes Manager

“I am responsible for internal quality assurance within the Channel apprenticeship programme…”

Jim Whittaker

Managing Director

“Growing up on a diet of Peak District gritstone and rain showed me from a very early age that people are the best versions of themselves when…

Flora Jones
Skills Development Lead

“I love working with different people! So far, my time in the industry has allowed me to do this in a variety of different countries…

Becks Ball

Apprenticeship Tutor

“My passion is being outside and enjoying the outdoors for whatever it has to offer, whether it be mountain biking through the forest…

Karen Garwood

MIS and Compliance Manager
Deputy Safeguarding Lead

“When I am not working I enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures, cuisines and the natural world.…

Debra Field

Functional Skills Tutor

I love my job especially working with people from all over the country and hearing all sorts of different colloquialisms!

Rachel Hayes

Apprenticeships Administrator

“I thoroughly enjoy admin, and take pride in being able to help and support people

Andy Cash

Apprenticeship Tutor

I have been working in the industry for nearly 20 years and have been lucky enough to see the amazing impact outdoor learning has

Clare Booth

Marketing & Media Executive

“I really enjoy being creative and designing graphics to advertise the apprenticeship vacancies