Apprentice Greenkeeper Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club

Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club in Whitegate, Cheshire are looking to recruit an Apprentice Golf greenkeeper to assist in the day-to-day set up and maintenance of the course, all the related practice facilities and planted areas. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in golf and greenkeeping.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The successful candidate will be paid above the national minimum wage, this will be negotiated on completion of application, depending on age of the candidate.

  • Working week

    The typical working week will Monday to Friday, plus 1/5 weekend mornings, once the candidate has been sufficiently trained. Summer hours are 6am-3pm including paid breaks and half an hour unpaid dinner break. Winter hours are 6.30am-2.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    03 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of golf course care and maintenance, including course set up (moving markers, changing holes, raking bunkers) Other aspects of the job include mowing, understanding agronomical principals, machine maintenance, irrigation use, drainage and many more.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Training will be provided in the workplace through Myerscough College where you will work towards the Golf Greenkeeper Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard.

The apprenticeship is made up of a number of different nationally recognised qualifications which are as follows:

  • City & Guilds Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping
  • The qualification is made up of a number of mandatory units designed to have maximum relevance to the job & integrate with day to day responsibilities.
  • End assessment, conducted by an independent assessor, which include:
    • Knowledge test (30% of grading)
    • Personal statement & portfolio of evidence (20% of grading)
    • Course walk & practical end assessment 5 – 6 hours (50% of grading)
  • There will be 3 levels of achievement: Pass, Merit & Distinction.

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 join BIGGA as a full member and become a BIGGA Accredited Greenkeeper.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A full-time position is available at VRA. On completion of the level two qualification, other qualifications can be explored helping you to progress through the industry to whatever level suits the individual.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Positive attitude, Desire to learn new skills, Love for working outside, Want to be part of a team


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade 2-9/E-A*) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 2-9/E-A*) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 2-9/E-A*) Essential

Things to consider

It will be necessary for the individual to make their own way to the course. It is not serviced by public transport and is 2 to 3 miles from the nearest transport links. So own transport is essential. 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

We are primarily an 18 hole quality golf course. We also operate as an events and wedding venue. We have a very good reputation in the area as one of the best courses, providing consistent quality right through the year.


Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club






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Training provider



Justin Lee


Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

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