FOTA
Friends of the Award

Supporting Young People to Achieve

We organise a wide range of training courses for adults involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, JASS and outdoor learning in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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Mountain Training: Walk Leadership Awards

Lowland Leader Award

National governing body qualification, training aspirant leaders in the skills required to lead walking groups in lowland countryside and woodland, in summer conditions. There is a 2-day training course followed by a consolidation period and a 2-day assessment.
Dates, more info and booking

Expedition Skills Module

Outdoor course for qualified Lowland, Walking Group and Hill & Moorland Leaders, teaching and assessing the skills required to lead overnight camps, also remote supervision and training methods.
Dates, more info and booking

Mountain Leader

National governing body qualification, training aspirant leaders in the skills required to lead walking groups in British mountains in summer conditions. There is a 6-day training course followed by a consolidation period and a 5-day assessment. More info email Neil to register your interest
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DofE Modular Training Framework

Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme

Classroom course training those who wish to become an Accredited Expedition Assessor in the skills and understanding required to fulfil their role. Compulsory for all Expedition Assessors. Nationally accredited. Small pre-course e-learning tasks.
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Wednesdays 20 & 27 March 2019 18:00-21:00
You must attend both sessions.
The Risk Factory, 20 New Mart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RL
FREE for local DofE volunteers | £50 for others
Book online

Expedition Supervisor Training Course

Classroom course training those who wish to supervise or organise DofE Expeditions in their role. Recommended at those who hold or are working on outdoor leadership qualifications, as on its own this course is insufficient to lead expeditions. Small pre-course e-learning tasks.
More info
Wednesdays 6 & 13 March 2019 18:00-21:00
You must attend both sessions.
The Risk Factory, 20 New Mart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RL
FREE for local DofE volunteers | £50 for others
Book online

Introduction to the DofE

Classroom course for new DofE leaders and helpers, covering all the basics of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the process of supporting young people through their programme.
More info

Next date to be confirmed. To add your name to the waiting list, email Louise

City of Edinburgh Council

Group Leaders Training

Classroom courses for those organising off-site excursions under the City of Edinburgh Council. Covers the Excursions Policy and related procedures and guidelines. Required for at least one leader on every excursion. Must be refreshed every 3 years. There are two versions:

Group Leaders Training (Theory)

This version is recommended for School staff. It covers all educational excursions without specific focus on DofE expeditions.
FREE for CEC staff and DofE volunteers
Dates email Louise

Group Leaders Training for DofE Expeditions

This version is recommended for DofE volunteers who are not School staff. It goes into more detail on safety considerations for expeditions but it is only valid for DofE expeditions and training excursions.

Wednesday 27 February 18:00-21:00
The Risk Factory, 20 New Mart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RL
FREE for CEC staff and DofE volunteers
email Louise

Child Protection

Classroom course in principles, policies and procedures to protect young people from harm. Compulsory for all leaders, must be refreshed every 3 years.

  • Next date to be confirmed

Outdoor First Aid

16 hour practical first  aid course covering basic life support, common injuries and managing first aid incidents in remote locations. Suitable for validating most outdoor qualifications e.g. ML and Lowland Leader. Valid for three years.

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 January 2019
Bangholm Outdoor Centre, 23 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ
FREE for local DofE volunteers
email Louise

Most courses are free unless otherwise stated but should you not attend or cancel within 24 hours of course taking place there will be a charge.
“The practical nature of the course allowed me to gain a full understanding of the skills being taught”
First Aid trainee
“Case studies and exchange of experiences most helpful!”
EAAS Training delegate
“Engaging and encouraging. Great knowledge with good explanations”
ESTC delegate
“Excellent knowledge. Conveyed the ethos very well.”
EAAS Training delegate