Argyll housing apprentices team-up outdoors

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When the going gets tough the tough head for Outward Bound Loch Eil at Fort William.

It was this ethic which recently saw a group of six apprentices from Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) working in partnership with three apprentices from West Highland Housing Association.

During the five day adventure training course highly trained instructors use the outdoor environment to facilitate team work, leadership and communication skills all essential in the work place.

The apprentice specific course was designed to help them build these skills and transfer that knowledge, of performing outside their comfort zone, to the work place and in everyday life.

The apprentices learned how to embrace change by swapping their usual place of work for the outdoors and building their confidence in taking on different projects as a team.

Evaluations from the apprentices included: ‘I am learning to work better in a team and contribute more’  and ‘I met new people and completed challenges I never thought I could.’

The majority felt they had gained skills that will make a positive difference to their performance at work.

The apprentices before heading out on a team walk and canoe trip at Bunarkaig. NO_c01acha01_Group Pic – OB