The Snowsport Scotland Tutor Development Programme (TDP) is a training, mentoring and assessment programme designed to give aspirant tutors all the fundamental building blocks for them to develop their knowledge and experience and become recognised as a "Trained Tutor"
The programme includes training, mentoring and assessment of:-
- Teaching and Delivery Skills
- Technical Demonstration Skills
- Personal Performance Skills
Aspirant tutors can apply to join the Snowsport Scotland Tutor Development Programme. Before doing so they should however ensure that they meet the TDP application criteria laid out in section A below.
If a candidates' application to join the TDP is accepted they will receive an invitation to attend the annual TDP induction weekend at Snowfactor (usually held in November). At this stage they become recognised as a trainee tutor. Following this weekend, trainee tutors will be given a workplan to develop their skills and knowledge.
As a trainee tutor on the TDP they must then demonstrate commitment to:-
- Meet the delivery, demonstration and technical performance standards required
- Travelling to shadow courses
- Conduct themselves professionally in the manner expected of a tutor
Once this process has been completed to the satisfaction of the Snowsport Scotland Lead Development Tutor, Blair Aitken, trainee tutors will be recognised as "Trained".
Please note that acceptance onto the TDP and status of trainee or trained tutor does not assure candidates of appointment. Appointment is offered to selected candidates from the trained tutor pool, by the Home Nations Tutor Appointment Committee, as and when a requirement for a tutor AND a suitable "Trained Tutor" candidate is matched.
SECTION A: CRITERIA TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO JOIN THE SSS TUTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
To be considered for the tutor development programme, candidates must:-
- Be a fully paid up coaching member of SSS
- Hold a license for the qualifications higher than those for which they wish to tutor
- Have proven track record of coaching/teaching in the Snowsport industry for more than 5 years working in both the UK and abroad in both artificial, Scottish and Alpine environments.
- Have proven track record of delivering positive outcomes and being respected as a credible professional in the snowsports industry
- Have an unblemished record of conduct
- Have experience in management within a Snowsport school or running a coaching programme within a Snowsport club.
- Have excellent instructing or coaching knowledge of either skiing or snowboarding.
- Demonstrate sound knowledge of the UK Snowsports qualifications and an understanding of International Snowsports qualifications.
- Provide a minimum of 2 weeks availability per year to deliver courses
- Be willing to act as an ambassador for Snowsport Scotland, communicating and promoting the vision, strategy and direction of Snowsport Scotland with passion, excellence, teamwork, professionalism and integrity.
- Be an inspiring presenter with the ability to present both on and off-slope using relevant presentation tools (eg I.T. skills etc).
- Demonstrate professionalism in their communication with all stakeholders and candidates
- Be able to manage difficult conversations and situations.
- Be highly organised and pay close attention to detail.
- Work and contribute well in a team environment.
- Commit to engage in regular professional development as outlined by Snowsport Scotland.
- Be prepared to inspire and mentor new generations of Instructors, coaches, leaders and tutors.
- Provide evidence of the need for their appointment as a tutor through a nomination from a Snowsport Scotland training centre.
- Provide references as requested in the TDP application form.
If you believe you match these criteria you can apply to join the Tutor Development Programme here