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Apprentice Golf Greenkeeper Donnington Valley Golf Club

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic Greenkeeper to start on an apprenticeship scheme. The successful applicant will be given full training and at the end of the contract will be classed as a qualified greenkeeper.

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £172.00

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 6am - 2pm Summer 6.30am - 2.30pm Winter Weekend overtime on a rota approx every other weekend (4hrs) Overtime dependent on over 18s.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    23 Aug 2019

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001571713

  • Positions

    1 available

You will be working within a team of Greenkeepers, initially working on basic Greenkeeping duties and then being introduced to all golf course equipment and machinery.

By working within a small team over time you will gain experience and be involved in all areas of golf course maintenance and management.  

You must be prepared for early mornings and working in all weather conditions.

The work is physically challenging and you must be able to cope with the demands.

You will work with and be trained by successful Greenkeepers with many years of experience in varied roles within the Greenkeeping industry.

You job role will include:

  • Golf course preparation
  • A range of mowing
  • Presenting and maintaining playing surfaces for golf
  • Using and maintaining hand held / pedestrian / ride - on machinery
  • Preparing and operating a tractor and attachments
  • Renovating and repairing sports turf surfaces
  • Preparing ground for grass / plants
  • Establishing grass / plants
  • Monitoring and maintaining health, safety and security
  • Establishing working relationships
  • Developing your personal performance

Additional benefits

GTC approved course and BIGGA membership

Free uniform

Free lunch each day


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • The ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • A willingness to learn
  • A safety mindset for yourself and others
  • Clear and effective communication skills
  • An ability to solve problems and make effective decisions

Personal qualities

  • A strong work ethic
  • A flexible, positive attitude to work

Desired qualifications

  • Maths and English GCSE Grades A-E 9/2 Functional Skills Level 1 or equivalent 

Future prospects

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.

Things to consider

This work is physical and will require you to work in and outdoors in all weathers. You might have contact with members so will need to have a polite manner.


About the employer

Donnington Valley Golf Course is widely regarded as a hidden gem.  An 18 hole course set in beautiful rolling countryside with a challenging 6296 yards, 18 hole, par 71 from the back tees.  Although some of the holes are quite forgiving the closing four are regarded as one of the toughest finishes in the country.

In addition to the course there is a Pro Shop, practice facilities, and a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian Club house with magnificent views over the 9th/18th greens. The combination of this beautifully conditioned golf course and fantastic four star hotel makes Donnington Valley the perfect location for golfing days, golf breaks and membership.

Employer

Donnington Valley Golf Club

Address

Snelsmore House

RG14 3BG

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Training

Training provider

BERKSHIRE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, THE (BCA)

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Berkshire College of Agriculture

Contact

Nikki Neal 01628 827530 nneal@bca.ac.uk

Training will be on the job and one-day-a-week college day release or online programme with Berkshire College of Agriculture.

  • Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Standard Level 2
  • Level 2 English and maths Functional Skills (unless you possess GCSE Grades A-C / 4-9)

During your time at Donnington Valley Golf Club you will be gaining technical knowledge and collating evidence of learning, be observed and receive training as to how the golf course operates.

This is averaged over a 15 - 27 month period and includes time spent at the beginning of the programme completing your enrolment & initial functional skills assessments.

A qualified Greenkeeping Assessor will visit you in the workplace every four to eight weeks.

You will study for a Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping on a day release or online programme.

You will carry out an End Point Assessment to complete your training and gain your qualification.

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)


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