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Apprentice Groundsperson Surrey County Cricket Club Ltd

Surrey County Cricket Club in Kennington are looking to recruit a Groundsman Apprentice to assist in the day-to-day set up and maintenance of the sports pitches & surrounding grounds. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in Sportsturf.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Hours of work will vary depending on the companies needs but no more than 32 hours plus 8 hours learning per week. Non matchday/non -training days hours will be 8am - 5pm with 1 hour unpaid lunch plus one paid 15 min break.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Mar 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Work at the grounds where it all began and where cricket heroes of past and present have played. The first-ever Test on English soil was played in 1880, resulting in an England win over Australia by five wickets. From then on the Oval has witnessed many historic matches.

Be part of the new history. We are seeking to appoint an Apprentice Groundsperson to work as part of a small team to prepare and maintain to the highest standards the playing surfaces and outfield.

Training will be provided in the workplace via Myerscough College, where the successful candidate will work towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship Sportsturf.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Ensuring the Club’s playing surfaces are maintained and presented to the highest possible standards using the latest turfcare machinery, equipment, and techniques
  • All aspects of cricket ground preparation and renovation including deploying rain covers, mowing, marking out, erection and dismantling of Practice nets and the operation of pedestrian and tractor mounted machinery
  • Routine maintenance of turfcare machinery
  • Maintain health and safety in the workplace and comply with company procedures and guidelines
  • All other duties consistent with grounds preparation at an industry leading sporting venue
  • Safe use of a range of equipment and machinery, such as mowers, scarifiers, aerators and other specialist turf care equipment, covering hand tools, as well as pedestrian operated, ride-on and tractor mounted implements
  • Maintain tools, equipment and machinery used for maintenance and renovation activities to ensure their safe and effective use
  • Maintain and conduct basic routine servicing and repairs to drainage and irrigation systems
  • Work safely, efficiently and effectively at all times, whether under supervision, as an individual, or in a team

Training will be provided in the workplace where you will work towards a Level 2 Sportsturf Operative Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to work in a team and on own as required
  • Good communicator
  • Flexible approach to working, as the role will include weekend evening work and travel to support the other grounds
  • Ability to follow instruction and maintain the very highest standards

Personal qualities

  • Willingness to learn new techniques
  • A can-do attitude
  • Experience or at least an interest in cricket pitch preparation

Desired qualifications

Qualifications demonstrating sound literacy and numeracy skills (e.g. GCSE English and maths A*-C or equivalent qualifications) are desirable.

Please ensure you have listed all qualifications & grades/predicted grades in the appropriate section of this application, paying particular attention to maths & English.

Candidates will be screened as part of the recruitment process and must be able to work at Level 1 in Functional Skills (Maths and English) in order to undertake this Apprenticeship.

Please note that candidates with any qualification at the same level or above in the same subject are ineligible for funding and will not be considered for an Apprenticeship.

Future prospects

This standard is recognised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the Professional Body for Sports Turf Operatives and others working in the grounds care industry. Upon achievement of this standard the apprentice will be eligible to join the IOG register of Turf Management Professionals.

Things to consider

You will be expected to work outdoors in all weather conditions

To ensure your application has the best chance of being considered for the vacancy you must provide information on all qualifications undertaken stating highest grades achieved in every subject, paying particular attention to maths and English.  Along with this you need to state any previous work experience.

About the employer

Surrey County Cricket Club is a first-class club in county cricket, one of eighteen in the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Surrey, including areas that now form South London.


Surrey County Cricket Club Ltd


The Brit Oval

Kennington Oval


SE11 5SS

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Myerscough College


Employer Services 01995642255


Apprentices will achieve the Apprenticeship Sports Turf Operative Level 2 certificate and will then be eligible to join the IOG Register of Turf Management Professionals.

End Assessment Components:

The End Assessment forms 100% of the assessment of achievement of the apprenticeship standard.

The End Assessment will contain 2 components.

A written and online test which will assess knowledge and behaviours and will be assessed by an independent assessment organisation. This will be graded as Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction weighted by 40%.

A practical assessment assessing skills, behaviours and knowledge. This will be assessed by an independent assessment organisation. This will be graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction weighted by 60%.

Apprenticeship standard

Sports turf operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please forward your CV and a covering letter stating the reasons why you are suitable for this post to: Closing date for applications is the 31st January Interviews will be held in early February.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Jan 2022