NVQ Training



  • Do you have a passion for adventure or sport?
  • Want to work with children and young people?
  • Learn a wide range of new skills?
  • Get a FREE internationally recognised qualification (NVQ) in a new industry?
  • Meet people from all over the world?
  • Live and learn in an idyllic location in the West of Ireland?

Do you have what it takes to join our successful NVQ training programme?


Welcome to Horizon, Ireland’s leading provider of residential activity holidays for 7-17 year olds. We provide summer camps, language camps and adventurous activities for a wide range of schools, youth groups and overseas clients.

We can provide a unique opportunity for you to gain a huge amount of real experience working on a diverse range of activities including: Surfing, Kayaking, Climbing, Walking, Archery, Quad-Biking, Field and Indoor Sports, Team Games, Initiative Exercises and a whole lot more!

You will receive comprehensive CV enhancing training in all the activities as well as first aid, solution focused language, group work, personal development, child protection and sourcing your ideal career.]

No experience necessary however you must show enthusiasm, aptitude and a willingness to work hard within a team.

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NO, the Horizon Training course is FREE...

Quality food is provided including breakfast, lunch and dinner all served in our communal kitchen areas. We can also cater for specialist dietary requirements.

Accommodation is provided free of charge in our well equipped made for purpose buildings, set in the grounds of our Training Centre. This includes all bedding, washing and cleaning!

Your course starts with 2 weeks of intensive training where you will cover all aspects of planning, leading and reviewing a range of activities. You will then consolidate your training by shadowing in pairs working with schools groups, with our expert trainers on hand to advise and assist you as necessary.

Your chance to really shine and lead your own groups happens during your 4-week minimum placement at one of our specialist Summer Camps. This allows you to develop your own instructing style and serves as your assessing platform for your NVQ qualification.

The course is an NVQ Level 2 in ACTIVITY LEADERSHIP, and we believe that we offer a unique package in terms of the breadth, quality and amount of real experience that you can access during your training with us.

The NVQ is a well recognized qualification that has already helped enable our 2010 candidates to gain access to further specialist outdoor training courses, to college or university or to gain employment within the outdoor / sports industry.

As your training develops, you will be issued with an NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership portfolio, this is yours to develop and gain evidence of the activities that you have delivered. This includes the planning, doing and reviewing stages as well as equipment, soft-skills, teamwork and other elements involved in activity leadership.

Your assessors will support you through the process and help you with any portfolio issues. Your work will then be sampled by our verifiers and certificates issued accordingly.

This is a training course and requires a lot of hard work, long hours and commitment on your part.

The course is entirely free, saving you the potentially huge expense of finding food, accommodation and sourcing suitable training courses.
This means that you will not be paid for attending. We take all the hard work out of finding living space and food, we provide real industry experience, you will gain some excellent CV enhancing skills and abilities, make new friends and learn in a supportive and safe environment in a beautiful part of the world!

The bustling tourist town of Westport is a few kilometers north of your training base. During your free time you may wish to explore the local area, develop your surfing skills in the world-class surf breaks the west coast enjoys, or simply relax in the grounds with your new found friends!

During your placement period you will have the opportunity to discover cultural, historic and scenic locations throughout Ireland through the various excursions that take place with your groups.

Horizons Camp Rockwell is situated 7km from the historical town of Cashel on the main Dublin-Cork road in Co. Tipperary in the Province of Munster, set in 150 acres of wooded grounds and rich farmland along with its own 23acre lake and complete with it’s own 9 hole golf course!
Westport is the Adventure Capital of Ireland with so much to see and do. We believe Westport to be one of the most suitable towns in Ireland from which to run our schools programmes and summer camps.


We can offer you REAL instructing experience (once you qualify from our intensive training) with a very wide variety of groups. Our training also includes wider soft skills involved in leading and instructing such as: how to motivate your client group, self-reflection and evaluation, positive mental attitude, solutions focused training, application of positive language in delivery as well as the staple activities such as: high ropes, zip line, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, filler games, IE’s, archery, quads fencing, team games and sports.

Our 2010 team raised the bar in terms of the standard of instructing across our clients including: Stag Parties, individuals and school / youth groups from as far and wide as; Saudi Arabia, France, Italy, Spain, Russia as well as the UK and all over Ireland.

Our 2010 NVQ team also represented a wide cross section of backgrounds, cultures and experience with staff from as near as Galway and as far as New Zealand!


“2010 was the best summer ever, I learned a tremendous amount in a relatively short space of time, the rest of the team were great and I made so many new friends that I keep in regular contact with. It’s a great buzz seeing young people really enjoy themselves and reading through letters from the parents to say what a great time their children had!”

“Horizon really opened me up to my own capabilities, it was really tough and challenging at times but the rest of the staff help you through and the camaraderie is unbelievable! I’d never surfed before Horizon or climbed and now I feel I can do anything! I also have a great CV with real experience to draw upon and as a result I got a job working back in the UK for an adventure company, I’d recommend the Horizon course, definitely”

“I now work for Horizon and will be coming back for the next season as a lead instructor, the experience is second to none and every day is a new challenge and a new set of learning experiences. I’d recommend the course to anyone who wants to develop their career, not just in the outdoor sector either. See you in 2011”


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you. Apply now to secure your place!




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