Trainee Leader Programme

Start the journey to becoming an expedition leader


The Trainee Leader programme is a selective course for the next generation of expedition Leaders looking to level up their experience and lead in a challenging environment.

Trainee Leaders work as part of the expedition Fire (team) to support the Adventure and Knowledge Leaders and are essential in contributing to the overall success of the expedition. Throughout the expedition Trainee Leaders will gain invaluable first-hand experience leading in a remote environment, and will have to opportunity to deliver training, lead reviews and assist with expedition activities such as scientific fieldwork or media projects.

The Programme is designed for those looking to take the opportunity to use their passion for the outdoors and develop their natural leadership capability. You will gain relevant skills, mentorship and experience. It is our hope that you will become the next generation of expedition Leaders.

  • 18 and over
  • Spring 2024 to October 2024, including an expedition phase
  • TBC (excluding flights)
  • UK based training, UK expedition, and an international expedition Locations TBC

Totally changed what I wanted to do with my life.

James Borrell - Trainee Leader

Join us. You are about to change your life


Since the programme I have been back to the Amazon twice with British Exploring Society, in 2016 as an Assistant Leader and in 2017 as a Science Leader. It has proved a fantastic foundation to build my leadership experience and broaden my theoretical knowledge of leading groups.

Georgie Sweet - Trainee Leader

I really like the British Exploring style of expedition because they really do build a strong purpose into every element. While some travel may be focused on having a pleasant break from daily life, British Exploring builds scientific research and communication into their expeditions as well as serious trekking and mountaineering objectives.

Cameron Mackay - Trainee Leader

To this day I believe it was one of the most important experiences in my life and has influenced my career choices and decisions in my personal life.

Isobel Barrow - Trainee Leader

British Exploring Society gave me my first taste of adventure with purpose, totally changing what I wanted to do with my life. If it wasn't for the training and experienced I developed with British Exploring Society, I'm certain I wouldn't have had the skills or confidence to eventually lead my own expedition.

James Borrell - Trainee Leader

Who is the course delivered by?

The Course Director is James Dyer, former Operations Manager at British Exploring Society and a veteran of expedition leadership. James is an experienced and professional expedition leader. He has set up and led expeditions and adventurous projects across the world for a wide range of client groups from young people, adults, scientists and TV production companies. His background is in outdoor and adventurous sports coaching and instructing, and he has been involved in developing young people and expedition leaders for nearly 20 years.

In addition to James, the course is delivered by a range of expedition professionals and subject specialists including the team at the National Mountain Centre, Plas Y Brenin. Whilst on expedition you will have a dedicated Trainee Leader Mentor who will coach you throughout your time on expedition.

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It doesn't matter where your starting point is; you'll return with more confidence in your own abilities, greater resilience, determination and courage - and a sense of self-belief that will stay with you for life.

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