Make adventure your Highland career

Wednesday, 15th July 2020

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) West Highland is delighted to deliver our second virtual event in a series of employer-led online events to showcase the employment opportunities that are on offer not just in the West Highlands but across the Highland geography in outdoor adventure.

Join us on Wednesday 22 June at 1430 via Zoom, for a one-hour insight into the world of outdoor adventure and the career options available in adventure tourism, helping you to make your next choice for the future.

We are linking with regional DYW programmes, DYW Inverness & Central Highland and DYW North Highland to provide the opportunity for young people across our regions to find out more about a career in adventure.

This event will be live and interactive so that you can hear first-hand from a variety of professionals who work within the outdoor education and adventure tourism sector. This will also provide the opportunity to discover a route into the outdoor world through courses available within the School of Adventure at West Highland College UHI.

This online event is aimed at school-leavers but also open to all young people out of school up to the age of 24 years old, those who may have been made redundant, are unemployed, or simply looking for a career opportunity or change. Teachers, parents and carers are also welcomed to join and learn about the opportunities available in the world of adventure and tourism.

You will get the chance to hear from and speak with:

  • Brodie Hood, University of the Highlands and Islands alumni and passionate outdoor adventurer and photographer
  • Keir Coupland, an outdoor sports specialist and globe trotter with coaching skills from international mountain biking and snowboarding
  • Alice Cant, Business Management graduate and applying her passion for the outdoors within the Nevis Range Marketing Team
  • Ann-Marie Campbell, having developed a range of skills across sectors we will hear how these are both transferrable and beneficial to the industry/ company in helping it to grow and become more successful forming part of the Nevis Range team in Human Resources
  • Chris Ball, founder of Enduro World Series, racing downhill World Cups, representing mountain biking to the UCI, and running the best respected skills academy in the UK, Dirt School you’ll hear how passion and grit will help you forge a career
  • Reece McAfee, founder of outdoor adventure sports company River to Sea Scotland, based across Lochaber, has learnt throughout his experience within education and learning that outdoor education is a key part of child development and a support to Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and school education, with many children passing through activity centres, helping to build confidence and resilience.
  • Carl Haberl, Curriculum Area Lead, School of Adventure Studies at West Highland College (UHI) in Fort William will provide insight into the many opportunities available to learn at West Highland College and beyond through the University of the Highlands and Islands network.

Frazer Coupland, DYW West Highland Lead and CEO of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce said:

“Outdoor education and adventure tourism seamlessly taps into the Highland’s natural competitive advantage and as such the sector has significant potential for further growth. We are excited to partner with West Highland College (UHI) and with the assistance of our neighbour DYW programmes we want to provide young people with the inspiration to consider a career in adventure.”

The series of virtual career events is part of our immediate solution following the impact of COVID-19 to deliver employer-led online events, providing positivity to young people throughout 2020 showcasing the West Highlands as the best place to study, live and work.

If you are interested in discovering a world of adventure on your doorstep then sign up now via and this could be the most valuable one hour you will spend this Summer.