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Duration of Apprenticeship: The apprentice would typically take 24 - 30 months to complete their education and training to become fully competent. However, this maybe reduced if an apprentice has already gained knowledge and skills working on a golf course in a supervisory and technical role.
Entry Requirements: Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for their own situations. Typically a candidate entering this apprenticeship would have greenkeeping experience and may hold a Level 2 qualification in Greenkeeping or equivalent.
It is recommended that an apprentice also achieves level 1 ICT as part of their apprenticeship (if not already achieved).
Apprentices who have not yet achieved level 2 English and maths will have to achieve it as part of their apprenticeship.
The Advanced Golf Greenkeeper encompasses various job titles and technical specialisms. The apprenticeship is designed to provide the greenkeeper with the skills and knowledge to operate at an advanced level where supervisory and/or specialist technical and agronomic skills are required. Upon completion the advanced greenkeeper will have the necessary skills to supervise the greenkeeping team and the maintenance of the golf course, in the absence of the Head Greenkeeper/Golf Course Manager, and will assist in the planning, supervising and implementing the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with the employer’s requirements.
An Advanced Golf Greenkeeper must be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding:
An Advanced Golf Greenkeeper must have the following technical knowledge:
The Behaviours of an Advanced Golf Greenkeeper:
Golf club employers are very customer focused and require their staff to have a set of personal skills and behaviours that will ensure success in their current and future roles as an individual and in meeting the company’s aims and objectives.
The behaviours required by golf club employees are:
Professional Recognition and Career Progression:
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 become a full member of BIGGA and gain BIGGA Accreditation.
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, Irrigation, Spray or Machinery Technician.
Reviewed after 3 years
Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) along with either PA2 (Boom Sprayer) OR PA6 (Hand Held Applicators) or equivalents as detailed on http://www.hse.gov.uk/pesticides/resources/R/Recognised_certificates.pdf
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