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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 work-based greenkeeper training programmes.

Key benefits

  •     development of a well-trained, well 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 TeamEmployers / 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.

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 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.

To find out more you can visit Gov.UK

To read more information about the new Certificate in Golf Green keeping you can download the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Guidance.  This new apprenticeship is only available in England at present.

To find out about Apprenticeships in Wales you can visit the Golf Union Of Wales website

or visit the Business Wales website

To find out more about education and training in Scotland you can visit the Scottish Golf website

or visit the Skills Development Scotland website

To find out more about educaton and training in Northern Ireland you can visit nidirect

To find more information about employing an apprentice you can contact one of the GTC approved Training Providers and also visit the Get In Go Far Apprenticeship website.


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