KA1 Mountain Biking Scotland

Landon Carver are delighted to announce we are now accepting applications for places on our newest Erasmus + funded program for VET Staff with Wilderness Scotland. This new programme designed in conjunction with Wilderness Scotland provides a once in a life time opportunity to VET professionals working in the outdoor industry who are involved in the delivery and implementation of QQI Level 5 or 6 programs. This opportunity provides funding for 8 candidates to spend 8 days in Scotland with Mountain Biking Scotland attaining the knowledge skills and competencies required to develop and deliver their own Mountain Biking programs.

Participants will, over an 8-day period (14th – 23rd May 2016), spend time learning from Wilderness Scotland’s experienced staff, gaining valuable insight into the delivery of guided mountain biking programs. Successful candidates will also take part in the multi-day mountain bike expedition gaining insight into a number of areas in program development and delivery such as group preparation, skills demonstration, group awareness, time management, group living and team work. Participants will experience and observe learning techniques and systems that will enhance the development/delivery of level 5 & 6 QQI programs in their workplaces in Ireland.

During the placement participants will:

  • Be provided with a practical enhancement of their existing skills which can be transferred to the workplace in Ireland specifically to enhance the delivery of QQI Level 5 and 6 programs
  • Gain Experience within a collaborative learning environment on a “Live” multi-day trip.
  • Enhance networking skills and build relationships with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Close the gap in Mountain Biking delivery levels/abilities between Ireland and Great Britian.
  • Experience a teaching culture outside of Ireland and different teaching styles.
  • Increase technical ability in Mountain Biking.
  • Attain a Euro Pass mobility certificate.


Participant Roles and Responsibilities

  • Commit themselves whole heartedly to the program tasks pre departure, during the placement and upon their return
  • Comply with all aspects of the program
  • Adhere to all administrative processes
  • Complete learners journal
  • Assist in Dissemination (publicising their experience within and outside their work place)
  • Promote the program amongst their colleagues
  • Provide concrete plan on how they will use the experience to impact on their organisation and their region

Selection Requirements

  • All candidates must work for an organisation active in the field of VET (QQI level 5 and 6) and be in charge of VET such as teachers, trainers, international mobility officers, staff with administrative or guidance functions, etc. (If you need clarification please don’t hesitate to contact us).
  • All candidates must have physical ability to complete 6-8 hours of riding each day through a wide variety of terrain. Distances covered will typically be in the range of 50km-70km each day and you can expect to be some wild mountain environments where weather is a factor.
  • All candidates must have experience in Mountain Biking.
  • All candidates must be involved in work placements and the delivery of work placements within their organisation.
  • All candidates must have the facility to travel during the period of the placement and for the full duration of the placement.
  • All candidates must have a passport in date and valid for the travel period at the time of selection and will be required to present copy at interview.
  • All candidates must hold an E111 or similar for the duration of their time away and will be required to present copy at interview.
  • All candidates must be of European origin or working within a European country.
  • All candidates must be of outstanding character and intent on representing their place of work, Landon Carver and the industry in a professional manner during the life of their placement.
  • All candidates must be able to work under their own initiative and within a team.
  • All candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the CARVE program, its goals and aims.
  • All candidates must show a commitment to their own CPD and to extracting as much learning from the experience as possible.
  • Be available to attend an interview in Galway on 4th April


Erasmus + Funding

Funding covers associated costs such as:

  • Insurance,
  • Travel costs from Ireland to Scotland and for duration of program (up to €180 per participant).
  • Bike rental (Basic level bike, participants can upgrade at their own expense)
  • Helmet & Toolkit hire
  • Landon Carver & Erasmus + branded clothing

Not Included:

  • Any additional expenses incurred by the participant.

The CARVE programs seek to make lifelong learning and mobility a reality for our participants. We want to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training received by participants on our programs through delivering key competencies. These programs foster further learning, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue. We always seek to enhance creativity and innovation, by providing participants with these transversal competences.


Interested applicants should send a CV along with a letter (No more than 500 words), outlining why they and the organisation they represent believe they should be chosen for the Scottish Mountain Bike Placement. 

Please send CV as well as letter to john@landoncarver.com the with the subject line ‘Application Mountain Biking Scotland’.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 7th April.

Interviews will take place on the 11th & 12th of April 2016 in Landon Carver Offices, Ground Floor, Mayoralty House, Flood Street, Galway.

Briefing will take place on the weekend of the 16th April 2016 in Landon Carver Offices, Galway.

All successful candidates must attend briefing day.

Participant’s Final Report materials must be returned on date of arrival back to Ireland and Dissemination must be completed and returned within 30 days of their return to Landon Carver Offices, Ground Floor, Mayoralty House, Flood Street, Galway. Failure to do so will result in financial penalties.