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Rising University Costs – Is it Really Worth It? Outdoor Instructor Training could be your perfect alternative

With the rising costs of university education, many people are questioning its value. It's worth exploring other options that provide specialised training and practical skills.

Before committing to HUGE University Costs, consider Outdoor Instructor Training at Land & Wave

With the recent news of rising University costs, many people are questioning its value. While a university degree can be beneficial, it’s worth exploring other options that provide specialised training and practical skills. Outdoor Instructor Training, particularly at Land & Wave, offers a compelling qualification-loaded alternative to traditional university education. It launches your career fast, without a lifetime of student debt.

Martin Lewis’ recent update on student loans and rising University Costs:

News article: University costs to double –

University Costs are rising. A student classroom

In this blog post, we’ll explore why specialised fast-track courses could be a better option for you, your wallet and your long-term career goals.

TWO big University Cost changes impact students

  1. New students will start repaying their student loan when they earn above £25
    This is lower than the current threshold, which means you’ll pay more back each year on the same salary.
  2. The Biggy: You’ll now stop repaying the loan after 40 years, instead of 30 years. This means, you will be repaying your loans for your entire working lives. It effectively becomes a form of graduate tax. (unless of course you’re able to pay it off before).

Many graduates will pay double under the new system compared to the current one

An important stat: Currently, on the current system, the state pays 44p in the pound and the student pays 56p in the pound on average. Under the new system, the state will pay 19p in the pound and the student or graduate will pay 81p in the pound on average.

Affordable and Practical.

Let’s be honest, university is flipping expensive. Tuition fees, accommodation costs, and living expenses can leave you with significant debt.

New students commencing studies from September 2023, will now be hit with significant new costs, that will essentially double their student fees over the lifetime of their loan.

On the other hand, the outdoor instructor program here at Land & Wave is the price of one years tuition. Currently it’s £9,900 which includes accommodation and the kit cost, whilst also leaving you with all the qualifications necessary to start your career in the outdoors.

Hands-On Skill Development:

While universities focus on theory, specialised outdoor instructor training emphasises practical skill development. At Land & Wave, you’ll gain hands-on experience in various outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and coasteering. This is back up by National Governing Body qualifications, which you can use in the UK and abroad.

These skills not only make you employable in adventure tourism but also equip you with transferable skills like leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. These skills are highly valued by employers across industries, making outdoor instructor training a versatile career choice.

land & Wave outdoor instruct on the Dartmoor trip

Industry-Recognised Certifications:

Outdoor instructor training programs at Land & Wave offer National governing body qualifications. These certifications, such as Lowland leader, British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader and outdoor first aid qualifications, enhance your employability and open doors to exciting career opportunities. Instead of spending years in classrooms, you can fast-track your career by obtaining relevant certifications directly related to the outdoors.

Job Placement and Networking:

Land & Wave has strong connections in the outdoor adventure tourism industry, providing valuable job placement and networking opportunities. Our training options include either a 13-month appriceship OR a 15-weeks 16-qualifications fast track course. Both options allow you to gain real-world experience and connect with professionals in the field. By choosing outdoor instructor training, you enter a close-knit community of outdoor enthusiasts and professionals who can guide you in your career and open doors to amazing jobs around the world.

Personal Growth and Adventure:

Becoming an outdoor instructor isn’t just about building a career; it’s a lifestyle choice that fosters personal growth and offers incredible adventures. Working in the great outdoors allows you to connect with nature, challenge yourself physically and mentally, and develop mental resilience. The experiences gained through outdoor instructor training go beyond traditional learning, shaping you into a well-rounded individual ready to face the world with confidence. It’s a mood-boosting career choice that is perfect for hands-on learners.

In a world where the value of a university degree is being questioned, exploring alternative career-focused options is always wise. Outdoor instructor training at Land & Wave offers an affordable, practical, and rewarding alternative to traditional university education. With specialised training, industry certifications, job placement assistance, and personal growth opportunities, becoming an outdoor instructor can be a better investment for a fulfilling and adventurous career.

So, before committing to university, consider the benefits and opportunities that outdoor instructor training at Land & Wave can provide. It might just be the perfect path for your future success, without the lifelong debt.

Check out the Outdoor Instructor training course

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Let’s be honest, university can be expensive. Tuition fees, accommodation costs, and living expenses can leave you with significant debt. On the other hand, the outdoor instructor program here at Land & Wave

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