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Guidance Notes for Employers

At The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) we know that recruiting the right staff and ensuring they have the skills and knowledge to do the job is of paramount importance. We can help you find out about current workbased greenkeeper training programmes.

Key benefits

  •     development of a well-trained, motivated workforce
  •     increased productivity through better trained staff
  •     improved company performance
  •     it also demonstrates your commitment to staff development

Benefits to the Club and the Team Employers / Course Managers: 

The benefits of apprenticeships are becoming increasingly obvious to more and more Golf Clubs.  It is a fact that apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.  Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development.

What does 'Apprenticeship Off-The-Job Training' mean?

Apprenticeships last for a minimum of 12 months and involve at least 20% off-the-job training.  This can be spread through the week and does have to be a day off each week.  It can include job shadowing, attending industy events, attending competitions, writing up assessments and assignments in a quiet space within the Golf Club or online learning about machinery or manufacturers guidelines.  Find out more about the 20% off-the-job rule here.

Current Government Guidance on Pay Rates

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
 

Please note that an apprentice can be of any age.  If the apprentice is 19yrs or over they are entitled to be paid £3.50 per hour in the first year of the apprenticeship.  In the second year they will be entitled to be paid the minimum wage according to their age.  For example, if an apprentice is 28yrs they will be paid £3.50 for the first 12 months of the apprenticeship and then from the 13 month they will be paid £7.50 ph.

Read more about current wage rates visit Gov.UK

Head to the Levy and Account News Page using this quick link for information regarding the funding changes for apprentices.

UK Apprenticeship Guide

An interactive guide explaining the different apprenticeship policies accross the four home nations of the UK.

Looking to employ an Apprentice?

  • Read more information from the government abut 'Employing an apprentice' and use the Gov.uk to 'Find an appenticeship' page to view adverts.
  • Go to the GTC Approved Training Providers to find a provider close to you.  Visit their website where they will have more information about recruiting an apprenticeship.  Some training providers advertise vacancies too.
  • You can advertise to recruit an apprentice on line and and through Job Centre Plus.
  • Contact golfing organisations for potential recruits.

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