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Apprentice Golf Greenkeeper Billingbear Park Golf Course

Start your greenkeeping career here at Billingbear. 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: 28 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £15,000.00 - £18,000.00

  • Working week

    Monday – Friday 5:45am- 2:15pm (summer), hours vary in the winter. The greenkeepers operate a rota system for course set up on weekends – approx. 4 hours each day

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Mar 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

You will be working within a team of 3-4 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 a good level of fitness will be advantageous.  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:

  • Free uniform
  • GTC approved course and BIGGA membership

Your training:

  • During your time at Billingbear you will be gaining technical knowledge
  • Collating evidence of learning, be observed and receive training as to how the golf course operates

This is averaged over a 15 -24 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 an online programme.

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

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 / Functional Skills Level 1

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 golfers so will need to have a polite manner.

About the employer

Busy pay and play golf course in Berkshire.


Billingbear Park Golf Course


The Straight Mile


RG40 5SJ

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Training provider


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


Nikki Neal 01628 827530

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

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

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