Apprentice Development Programme

  • Apprentice Development Programme

How does it work?

Our Activate programme puts your apprentices in a new and unfamiliar environment in which both teamwork and self-reliance are required. It lets you observe your apprentices’ responses to a range of challenges and assess their progress during and after their time with us.

Included in the programme is time for you to run your own sessions – e.g. company induction or additional review sessions based on your observations.

Courses usually take place over 5 days, during which your apprentices participate in a planned programme of challenging and inspiring outdoor activities - facilitated by experienced PGL instructors. Activities are selected to enable participants to demonstrate control, commitment, confidence and challenge.

Evenings present further opportunities for team-building challenges, review sessions or social time to get to know new colleagues.

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Why choose PGL?

  • We are on the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP)
  • PGL Activate programmes can help you meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices
  • Your apprenticeship levy funds can contribute to the cost of a PGL programme


Our programme supports you to develop in your apprentices the resilience they need to succeed. It has been specifically designed to improve openness to learning by using a combination of practical outdoor activities and classroom-based sessions.

Our unique course:

  • Challenges participants in a new and unfamiliar environment
  • Encourages positive thinking and how to recognise and manage risk
  • Requires teamwork and builds strong relationships and trust
  • Celebrates success and achievement
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A typical itinerary for this course

Activate: Apprentice Development Programme
  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Theme of day Introduction & goal setting Gaining confidence Beyond the comfort zone Working together Outcomes & actions
Morning Arrive approx 9.30
Review of MTQ48 results
Induction: Aims & Culture
Customer focus and support
High Ropes
Jacob's Ladder
Team Challenge
Afternoon Team initiative exercises Zip Wire
Giant Swing
Mid-course review
Raft building team challenge: sourcing, design & implementation MTQ48 session final assessment Future action plans
Depart approx 4pm
Evening Personal & team goals and target setting Teamwork skills development Effective communication practices Closing ceremony & presentations  

Learning outcomes

Integral to our programme is the assessment of ‘mental toughness’ (a combination of control, commitment, challenge and confidence) based on the internationally recognised MTQ48 psychometric survey.

Understanding these behaviours (known as ‘the 4 Cs’) is important in improving individual performance and well-being. Mentally tough individuals perform consistently under pressure and deal better with stress and challenges - vital requirements for your organisation when hiring or building a resilient workforce.

MTQ48 - The Measure of Mental Toughness

Locations for Activate Apprentice Development Courses

Bawdsey Manor

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

A coastal centre near Woodbridge

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

A 250 acre centre near Shrewsbury

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Ten miles north of Grantham


Dalguise, Perthshire

Five miles north of Dunkeld


Liddington, Wiltshire

Close to the M4 near Swindon

Little Canada

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Near the ferry terminal at Ryde

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Near Hindhead and close to London

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay, Dorset

On the Jurassic Coast near Weymouth