Trainee Leader Mentor

Trainee Leader Mentors are responsible for mentoring and assisting the development of a group (‘Fire’) of Trainee Leaders who are undertaking a leadership development programme with British Exploring Society.

The Trainee Leader Mentor will be involved in the British Exploring Society Trainee Leader Programme prior to the expedition and will see the participants through their training and development prior to and during the expedition.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 21st-23rd February 2020 (TBC), Leader Training: 27th-29th March 2020 Cumbria, Explorer Briefing 24th-26th April 2020, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course May 2020 (TBC).

Assessment days: Our final assessment day for 2019 is 9th December and we will be confirming dates for early 2020 soon.


Necessary requirements

• All potential Leaders are required to attend an allocated Assessment Day
• An interest in youth development and experience of working with young people relevant to the expedition client group*
• High levels of integrity and sound judgement
• A strong and flexible team player
•  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
•  Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others
• The ability to deal with conflict and overcome challenges
•  Significant personal expedition and travel experience
•  Personal expedition experience, particularly in a leadership role
•  Experience of mentoring, coaching and leadership development
•  An enthusiasm for expeditions, adventure and  fieldwork, and the ability to convey this to our Trainee Leaders
•  Adventure First Aid Qualification (weekend training course provided free of charge by British Exploring Society)

On Expedition

• To inspire our explorers and Trainee Leaders , and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition
• To train the Trainee Leaders in the methods necessary to live and operate in the environment
• Carry out the planned developmental activities, offer coaching and mentoring as well as helping to facilitate any adventurous activities
• To manage a feedback and review process with the Trainee Leaders in the Fire following the structure provided by British Exploring Society 
• Work with the Trainee Leaders, to give them responsibility as appropriate, oversee their actions and provide learning opportunities
• Be an active member of the expedition leader team and undertake additional duties and responsibilities directed by the Chief Leader and senior leader team.

Pre Expedition

• Attend and participate in the Trainee Leader training events in the UK (this is in addition to leader training events)
• Contribute to planning, Risk Assessments, expedition-specific guidelines and similar as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or the Chief Leader, particularly in your area of expertise
• Plan the Trainee Leaders expedition activities in liaison with the Chief Leader and wider expedition team

Post Expedition

• To produce a Report (one page) for each of the Trainee Leaders, outlining successes and areas for development
• Attend the Trainee Leader Assessment Weekend
• Contribute to the overall post expedition report (PXR), post expedition debrief event and presentation and expedition feedback as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or Chief Leader