Apprenticeships provide an opportunity for businesses and for employees; an apprenticeship is a first step in a career where employees will continue to develop and train into the future increasing their skills and knowledge as they progress up their career path. For Golf Clubs Employers, apprenticeships provide the skilled workforce they need to offer great courses to their members and to gain and retain a productive and motivated workforce. An apprenticeship is a package of learning that combines on and off-the-job learning to ensure apprentices get the skills and knowledge they need. To learn more about what an apprenticeship is the National Apprenticeship Service have produced a fact sheet 'A guide to apprenticeships' and the following link will take you to more information on the Gov.uk website about apprenticeships, traineeships and internships.
Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping (at present only available in England)
The new Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship is available to all golf greenkeepers regardless of age and on successful completion candidates will have a Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping qualification.
This City & Guilds Level 2 qualification has the following mandatory units:
- Unit 001 - Develop personal performance and maintain working relationships
- Unit 002 - Monitor and maintain health and safety
- Unit 003 - Use and maintain equipment and machines
- Unit 004 - Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments
- Unit 005 - Present and maintain turf playing sufaces for golf
- Unit 006 - Renovate and repair sports surfaces
- Unit 007 - Establish plants outdoors
- Unit 008 - Prepare golf course for play
The skills required to become a competent greenkeeper will be acquired whilst working on the golf course. By the end of study the greenkeeper apprentice will know when, how and when to carry out the range of maintenance operations required to maintain a good quality playing surface, ensuring an enjoyable experience for the golfers.
The Greenkeeping Apprentice can be an existing or new employee at the Golf Club and through their apprenticeship they will gain wider skills and knowledge to progress within their chosen greenkeeping career.
Find out more about the Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping (0143) from the City & Guilds website.
Different types of appenticeships are available in the UK depending on where you live. Use the quick link above to go to our UK Apprenticeship Guide. The interactive guide provides useful links to relevant organisation for each of the home nations, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.