NC Activity Tourism – partnership project

This is a pilot course launched in August 2014, between KHS & UHI ( Inverness College )

The activity tourism sector of the wider tourism industry represents a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy. Against a background of changing attitudes towards the environment, VisitScotland, the government’s agency for tourism, has been developing products to capitalise on rapidly increasing demand in this area. Visit Scotland’s marketing strategy focuses on thematic niche products such as adventure sports, country sports, cycling and mountain biking, golf, walking, and sailing, many of which are considered to be environmentally friendly. In addition VisitScotland’s 2012 **Creative Scotland initiative is designed to promote the more creative pursuits available within Scotland and expected to encourage more visitors to come to Scotland to explore other creative pursuits such as the Arts, Music, Dance and Architecture.

Given the importance placed on the environment, candidates will develop an understanding of sustainable activity tourism development through the range of subjects in the National Certificate, as well as health and safety and risk assessment in relation to the provision of the more moderate and adrenalin type activities.

This NC will provide exit routes to entry level employment opportunities such as support roles within activity tourism enterprises, eg maintaining and organising equipment, customer care duties, enterprise administration and activity organisation.

The content of this National Certificate falls broadly within the skills areas maintained by the Sector Skills Councils SkillsActive and People1st respectively. The knowledge and skills developed throughout the NC have been mapped against relevant elements of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) produced by them