On the 18th – 20th March this year, Woodlore held an induction weekend for the new field staff whom we recruited in the winter.
The new staff were put through their paces learning the ropes of setting up and taking down camp, learning where the sites are that we use for courses, as well as the routes to local supermarkets and hospitals.
On this note, we would like to welcome Rob Bashford, Mark Booton, Ross Burt, Steve Corbyn, Iain Gair and Susan Hipkin to the team this year, and we wish them all the best for the forthcoming season. Some of you may remember Rob from a few years ago, who has now returned to Woodlore after a couple of years pursuing other avenues.
With the Induction weekend over, the new hands were then joined by the rest of the outdoor team for the annual Training Week. As well as a good chance to catch up, the week offers valuable training and refreshers in vital areas such as first aid:
At the end of the week, Woodlore’s Directors Ray and Steve Gurney presented staff members Brian Fox, Keith Whitehead, Nick Thompson, and Ian Lawson their Aspirant Instructor certificates for the tests which they had passed earlier in the year. Sarah Day also passed the AI test this year, but was unfortunately unable to attend the Training Week. Following on from this, James Bath and Dan Hume were awarded their Fundamental Instructor certificates.
The week was finished with a fantastic meal of roast chicken with roasted vegetables, pizzas and bannock, all prepared and cooked in the woods by the team, who were joined by the office team for a great evening.