You will be working within a team, initially working on basic Greenkeeping duties and then being introduced to all golf course equipment and machinery. You will be involved in all areas of golf course maintenance and management. The work can be physically challenging, and a good level of fitness will be advantageous.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday, 6.00am - 2.30pm. Overtime weekends on a rota basis when fully trained.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Golf course preparation
  • A range of mowing
  • Presenting and maintaining playing surfaces for golf
  • Using and maintaining handheld / 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

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

  • Level 2 Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths & English
  • Weekly day release into Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA)
  • An assessor will visit you in the workplace every 8-12 weeks

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired

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

As an award winning employer, we believe that investment in each and every one of our staff members is key to the success of our business and happiness of our guests. As an employer, The Vineyard Group offers support, training and development opportunities to help your career flourish. The Vineyard Group encompasses The Vineyard, Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa and The King Fisher Hotel, Bedford. Each property is focused on providing the highest quality of service, food and beverage. We have 2 golf courses Donnington Valley Golf Course, an 18 hole course and Deanwood Park Golf Club a 9 hole course, both based in Newbury.




Donnington Valley Golf Cub

Snelsmore House


RG14 3BG

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Training provider



Sarah Hill

01628 827530

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

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