The sky’s the limit for apprenticeships in Wiltshire

By Fiona Scott on 6 March, 2017

This year marks the tenth anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week– Monday March 6 to Friday March 1- which celebrates the positive impact made by apprentices in UK businesses.

Events will be held around the UK and will bring together employers and apprentices to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade. Nationally the scheme is run by the National Apprenticeship Service and its aim is to continue to raise awareness of apprenticeships as a route to a great career.

Apprentices are a very important part of the economy here in Wiltshire with many employers large and small, recruiting new talent into the local workforce. One of those businesses is GoSkyDive based in Old Sarum, near Salisbury.

GoSkydive, is the UK’s premier tandem skydive centre, and it’s currently recruiting for the Tandem Skydive Instructor Apprenticeship Programme.

Promising a career that will get apprentices’ blood pumping on a daily basis, GoSkydive is looking for courageous candidates to take on the challenge of becoming qualified Tandem Skydive Instructors and Freefall Photographers.

Not for the faint-hearted, the two year programme will provide apprentices with a robust skydiving training programme, introducing them to the many different skills required. Apprentices will feel the wind in their hair from the get go, completing 50 skydives in just the first six months, and up to a further 200 jumps in the following six months, learning and practicing skills including parachute handling, freefall, camera flying and freefall photography.

The GoSkydive Apprenticeship Programme will not only offer an exhilarating training programme, it will also teach candidates how to deliver a first-class customer experience, in particular for first-timers, which is GoSkydive’s specialism.  Candidates will learn all there is to know from sales and marketing, customer service, photography and video editing, health and safety through to the tandem skydive skills themselves. All tandem skydiving licenses and ratings will come from the British Parachute Association.

Upon completing year one, apprentices will be fully qualified Freefall Video and Still Photographers, and proficient skydivers by the end of the two year programme – after which, it can be the start of a long and fruitful career, in an industry where everyone loves their job.  GoSkydive will also offer great career progression options, with apprentices being able to go on to take the Tandem Instructors Rating and qualify as Tandem Skydive Instructors – and the career prospects don’t end there, with many other exciting opportunities becoming available, such as gaining a commercial pilot’s license.

Potential GoSKydive Tandem Skydive Instructors will not only need to be tough enough to gain the required qualifications, they will also need to demonstrate they can deal with a range of emotions that first time skydivers can bring. The reasons behind customers’ jumps can vary from celebrating big birthdays, weddings or anniversaries, raising money for charity, corporate team building events or just because they are adrenaline junkies. But the common factor shared amongst these jumpers, is that for the majority, it will be their first tandem skydive and is likely to be a once in a lifetime experience. GoSkydive instructors will need to be able to deliver the best experience for every customer, every time – and learn how best to cope with some potentially very nervous customers.

To qualify for the GoSkydive Apprenticeship Programme, candidates should have recently completed tertiary education or have work experience in a relevant field.  They should also demonstrate strong leadership and people skills with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude in order to deliver GoSkydive’s excellent levels of customer service and experience. With only a limited number of apprenticeship positions available, candidates will really need to stand out from the crowd to get noticed. To apply, candidates should submit their CV along with a two minute video, explaining why they have what it takes to become a GoSkydive apprentice.

Gordon Blamire, founder and managing director for GoSkydive, commented: “We’re very excited to be offering the world’s first tandem skydive instructor apprenticeship programme.  At GoSkydive, we pride ourselves on offering an unforgettable tandem skydive experience, much of which can come down to the instructor. We’re now looking for the next generation of instructors who can help us to continue to offer the best service and experience.  The vast majority of our customers are first-timers, and it can take a special set of skills to be able to reassure them whilst enjoying that once-in-a-lifetime thrill.

“Being a tandem skydive instructor is such a fulfilling job – you get to give people unforgettable memories while doing what you love on a daily basis. Our Apprenticeship Programme will not only cover tandem skydive skills but will also provide our candidates with various other skill sets from sales to video editing, as well as opening up many different career avenues. There really is no other job in the world like it.”

To find out more about GoSkydive’s Apprenticeship Programme and to apply, visit