2013 Turoa Apprentice Registration Form
2013 Apprentice Hiring Clinic Registration Form - Whakapapa
The Apprentice programme helps to train instructors towards their Level 1 and 2 NZSIA exams while working for the Snowschool, training is provided around the work schedule so candidates need a solid skiing / riding background to be selected. Candidates need to realize that they may not earn much in their first season and that the Level 1 and 2 exam costs can be close to $1,500 so they should ensure they have some savings to support themselves through the season.
Who it’s for:
The apprentice is available to New Zealand Residents, aged 17 years or over.
You will need to be of advanced skiing or riding ability (comfortable riding anywhere on the mountain in control, the speed you ski /ride and your freestyle / park experience are less critical factors.
If you have a NZSIA or SBINZ Level One qualification this is also the correct pathway for you.
You need to be able to assimilate information quickly and be able to impart that information to students.
Note: This is not a formal apprenticeship, we use the term as it most closely resembles the on the job learning and educational process.
The Selection Process:
Candidates will attend a 2 day hiring weekend on June 29 & 30, this is effectively a 2 day interview with a fair bit of educational content as well, at the end of these two days successful candidates will be notified, and will be offered a position with the Snowschool as an Apprentice Instructor.
The Next Step:
The successful candidates will then start their on the job training, the first 3 – 5 days will be a combination of training and “shadowing” other instructors who are delivering lessons to the public. Once the apprentices have been signed off by their trainers as competent they will be able to teach beginner classes. The expectation is apprentices will be teaching by the second week of the July School Holidays.
Once the school holidays are complete instructors will settle into a routine based around a 4 – 5 day rostered work schedule (including weekends) and training towards the Level One and Two exams
The Level One NZSIA (ski) and SBINZ (SB) exams are usually held in the third week of August so the first 4 weeks of training are geared toward this. Instructors need to register for these exams themselves.
Once Candidates have completed Level One exams the training focus turns to the Level 2 exams which are held in October, this exam certifies to teach up to and including intermediate Skiers or Riders.
What if I’m not a New Zealander but want to become an instructor?
We recommend you check out the Turoa Snowsports Institute Full time course
What if I can’t commit to fulltime?
We suggest the best alternative would be our 12 weekend training course, which gives 2 days training per weekend.
How do the training and qualifications work?
The Snowschool will provide training as part of the apprentice programme, the NZSIA (SBINZ for Snowboarding) is the qualification provider that runs the exams.
How much money will I make?
Your apprentice year is very much about learning, training and gaining experience. You can expect to make enough to cover your expenses. The way snow schools run are that instructors are paid for the lessons they teach rather than a standard 40 hour week, so there can be some fluctuation in earnings. We emphasise the need to have some savings so that you can afford to pay for your exams.
What do the qualifications cover?
The level one qualification certifies instructor to teach beginner level classes, essentially first and second time skiers and riders. The Level two qualification builds on the level one to certify instructors to teach intermediate level students. Again check detail on the www.nzsia.net website.