Drawing upon years of experience of working with children and young people in a variety of residential settings, SU Scotland is delighted to launch its 2024 Intern Programme.

The aim of this programme is to provide you with a year of living and volunteering in an outdoor activity centre as a precursor to applying for our trainee instructor programme. We know that this is a big decision to make and so we want to give you a taste of what’s involved.

Who we are:

Scripture Union Scotland is a national charity, with around 100 staff and over 2,000 volunteers. Our vision is to see every child and young person of Scotland exploring the Bible and responding to the significance of Jesus.

Our outdoor centres regularly host school groups participating in residential experiences, youth groups enjoying weekend breaks and a variety of SU Holidays. We aim to enable our guests to enjoy the outdoors, have fun, explore the Christian faith, develop new skills and work together with a focus on building good relationships.  

What sort of things will I get up to as an intern?

As an intern, you will be part of one of our centre teams and will be involved in all aspects of centre life. Here is a flavour of what you will be doing:

  • Engaging with activity sessions with children and young people and carry out activity maintenance.
  • Serving for one day a week in another part of the centre e.g kitchen, house.
  • Be actively involved in team Bible study and prayer.
  • Undertaking a personal study project relating to faith development.
  • Be involved in raising support for the centre.

However, we’d also expect you to spend some of your personal time gaining experience in some of the activities that the centre offers. This might include: mountain biking, canoeing, bushcraft, climbing or walking.

What will SU Scotland provide?

SU Scotland will provide you with board and keep during your time as an intern. You will also have the opportunity to do some external training courses such as archery, first aid and woodland leader training. There will also be a chance to join other SU Scotland training programmes such as Basecamp and throughout your time you will receive training and input from your supervisor. In addition you will receive an allowance for food and SU Scotland uniform.  

How do I apply?

If you have a passion for outdoor activities and a desire to use your faith in working with children and young people, we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the Intern Programme application form and send it to hr@suscotland.org.uk. We will then be in contact with you to explain next steps. The closing date for applications is: 4pm, 24 June 2024. The interview process will involve spending a week at a centre to fully understand what’s involved in the day to day life of an outdoor centre.

If you’d like to find out more before applying, please contact: shula.bayton@suscotland.org.uk.

For this post, it is important that you are committed to SU Scotland’s ethos, statement of faith, and vision and are able to demonstrate this through your commitment and motivation. It is therefore an Occupational Requirement (Equality Act - part 1, schedule 9), that an SU Scotland intern is a committed Christian.

The successful applicant will be required to become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Scheme and the appointment will be subject to a satisfactory PVG Scheme Disclosure.

Scripture Union Scotland is an equitable employer and operates a safeguarding policy.

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