What will I learn?
You will learn how to prepare the entire range of playing surfaces (tees, fairways, roughs, greens etc.) for the game of golf, as well as being able to undertake common methods of repair and renovation. Preparing ground and establishing plants is also a key part of the job, and you will learn how to do this effectively. You will be able to set out and prepare the golf course and its features ready for play to commence.
The following will be provided as part of the apprenticeship:
- The Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) NPTC – Award – Level 2
- Pesticide Application Hand Held (PA6) NPTC – Award – Level 2
As part of the apprenticeship programme you will be required to undertake both on and off-the-job training. While your employer will be responsible for your training on-the-job (workplace), the College and your employer will be jointly responsible for your off-the-job training enabling you to help develop the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to become competent in your job role.
You will attend College on a day-release basis during term-time for the duration of your programme with us, to gain knowledge and develop some practical skills. The College will agree additional off-the-job training with your employer to ensure you develop the majority of your skills and behaviours in the workplace.
What grades will I need?
Five GCSEs at 9–3/A*–E (Including English and Maths).
How will I be assessed?
Apprentices must meet the knowledge, skills, and behaviours as defined within the standard. All apprentices must take an independent assessment at the end of their training to assess their ability and competence in their job role.
Where will it lead me?
This standard is recognised by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), the Professional Body for Greenkeepers. At the start of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be registered with BIGGA. Upon completion of this standard the apprentice will be eligible to join BIGGA as a full member and become a BIGGA Accredited Greenkeeper.
The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.
Job opportunities will also be enhanced for those apprentices who have completed the programme with promotion to more senior positions within a golf club facility or the option to progress by working in other sports facilities such as a Grounds Maintenance Operator/Technician.