Describes the job role that an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them by the golf greenkeeping (horticulture) sector
This document is relevant to:
- employers wanting to recruit an apprentice
- training organisations working with employers to make the apprenticeships available
The approved standard outlines the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of the apprentice and the job they will need to be able to do by the time they have completed their apprenticeship.
Occupation: Golf Greenkeeper
Duration of Apprenticeship: An apprentice commencing on a golf course would typically take 24 months to complete their education and training. However, this maybe reduced if an apprentice has already gained knowledge and skills working on a golf course or a sports turf facility.
Entry Requirements: Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers but typically potential apprentices will have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A-D (including Maths and English and Science) or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Employers, who recruit apprentices without the above levels of qualifications, will have to ensure they achieve level 1 in English and maths as part of
their Apprenticeship. Introduction:
A Golf Greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with employer’s requirements. It is their job to maintain a good quality playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers.
There are four key turf grass areas on a golf course – greens, tees, fairways and areas of rough, each of which requires a different type of maintenance. Using a range of equipment and machinery safely competently will play a major part within an apprentices training programme. Golf Greenkeepers will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations which may include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees, shrubs and developing wildlife habitats. The skills required to become a competent greenkeeper will be acquired whilst working on the golf course.
By the end of the programme, the apprentice will know when, how and why the range of maintenance operations are carried out.
The career as a Golf Greenkeeper can take you wherever the game of golf is played. Working outdoors in a healthy environment and as new countries are embracing the sport and more golf courses are being built, there is no better time to consider joining this great profession.
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At the end of apprenticeship an assessment with an EPA will take place
This apprenticeship is designed to operate as the professional standard for people working as a Golf Greenkeeper within the industry.
The model has been driven by an employer steering group, and then refined through the Technical Working Group consisting of employers, training providers and assessment experts including the Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) and BIGGA. The GTC is an employer led organisation representing 1900 golf clubs through England Golf and also has the full support of BIGGA the Professional Body for Greenkeepers and Golf Course Managers.
The principles driving the design of the assessment plan are as follows:
1. Maximum relevance to the job wherever possible
2. Integration with day-to-day responsibilities wherever possible
3. Added value to the apprentice’s journey, both during and at the end of the apprenticeship
The full EPA can be viewed here Employers involved in creating this standard
The standard for a golf greenkeeper was developed by:
- Cold Ashby Golf Club
- Roehampton Club
- Basildon Golf Club
- MacDonald Portal Hotel
- Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
- Worplesdon Golf Club
- Royal Liverpool Golf Club
- Stock Brook Golf Club
- England Golf
- British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA)
- Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC)
Funding information for employers and training organisations
Funding band: 8
Funding band maximum: £6,000
Read the apprenticeship funding rules for further information.
Organisation who can deliver the Apprenticeship training
Myerscough College National