Outposts Ltd is one of 900 licensed providers in the United Kingdom under The Adventure Activities Licence Regulations 1996. The Outposts' Registered Number is: L11027 / R0626. The aim of the licensing scheme is to give assurance that good safety management practice is being followed so that young people can continue to have opportunities to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors while not being exposed to avoidable risk of death and disabling injury. Requirements on providers are drawn from existing health and safety legislation. Outposts Ltd is registered with The Adventure Activities Licensing Service as licensed to provide specified activities under the following headings: Kayaking (including sit-on-tops) Open Canoeing, Paddle Surfing, Improvised Rafting, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Gorge Scrambling, Coasteering, Hill Walking & Mountaineering, Off-Road Cycling (also called Mountain Biking), Caving. Confirm on: Tel 029 2075 5715
The scheme guarantees that providers have been inspected and have demonstrated compliance with relevant health and safety legislation.
Outposts holds the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge, specifically designed for overseas expeditions.
The LOtC Quality Badge provides for the first time a national award combining the essential elements of provision - learning and safety - into ONE easily recognisable and trusted accreditation scheme for ALL types of learning outside the classroom provider throughout the UK. To qualify for the award, we had to go through rigorous external assessment. We were shown to meet the six key quality indicators:
1. Having a process in place to help users plan the learning experience effectively
2. Providing accurate information about our offer
3. Providing activities, experience or resources that meet learner needs
4. Reviewing the experience and acting on feedback
5. Meeting the needs of the users
6. Having safety management systems in place to manage risk effectively
Outposts is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
ILM is a trademark of the City and Guilds of London Institute and is used under licence.
The Institute encourages participation in outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity in outdoor learning and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the field.
Outposts Ltd is a member of the Institute and endorses its aims of commitment to excellence, supported by policies of environmental sustainability and management of diversity. The Managing Director of Outposts Ltd is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute.
Michael Kingscote, Outposts Founder and MD, is part of the specialist leadership team at Complex Adaptive Leadership whose aim is to expand the view, practice and consistency of Leadership & Organisational Development at local, national and international level.
Outposts Ltd is a member of, and has agreed to follow the National Coasteering Charter code, and ensure our coasteering adventures are delivered above the nationally agreed minimum standard.
Outposts have signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.
The Armed Forces Covenant is the expression of the moral obligation that the Government and the nation owe to the Armed Forces Community. The Covenant acknowledges that members of the Armed Forces sacrifice some freedoms and often face dangerous situations. It recognises that families play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise made by the Government to ensure that the Armed Forces face no disadvantage as a result of their Service.
Outposts holds an ATOL 9996 (Air Tour Operators Licence) which offers clients financial protection in the case of operator insolvency where clients have booked expeditions, trips or holidays abroad involving a combination of flights and ground arrangements with Outposts.
YET is a national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people. Established in 1972 YET is a registered charity, seeking to promote safe and responsible expeditions for young people. By so doing it aims to give young people the opportunity to take part in exploration, discovery, and challenging adventure so as to help foster the qualities of service, self-sufficiency, and leadership.
Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom.
Outposts Ltd conforms to the British Standard 8848:2014 and as such all risk assessments and safe working practices adhere to this Standard.
Outposts is a registered ASDAN partner, which means that students travelling on an Outposts Expedition can achieve the ASDAN certificate of Personal Excellence (CoPEL3). This is a substantial and wide-ranging qualification, which many Universities and colleges encourage students to gain, recognising that it offers valuable skills. Some Universities and colleges may offer as many as 70 UCAS points for this. Importantly, it can help a student to stand out from the crowd on an application form.
ASDAN is a charitable social enterprise with awarding body status, providing courses to thousands of UK and international schools, colleges, youth centres and training providers. ASDAN's programmes and qualifications offer flexible ways to accredit skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.
The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics programme used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy.
The UK government runs a site which gives useful information for anyone travelling abroad.
School in a Bag is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each SchoolBag is filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn.