We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic person to start on a Greenkeeper apprenticeship scheme. The successful applicant will be given full training and at the end of the contract will be classed as a qualified greenkeeper. Presenting and maintaining playing surfaces for golf, plus more.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,982.40 to £21,673.60

    21 and over - £11.44 18-20 - £8.60 Under 18 - £6.40

    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 to Friday 5.45am to 1.45pm, shifts. Weekend Rota: 1 weekend working, 1 weekend off, 1 weekend working followed by two weekends off then back to 1 weekend working. Weekend hours are 5:45am – 8:45am. 3 hours Saturday and 3 hours Sunday.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The role will be to assist in a broad spectrum of operations that are carried out when preparing, maintaining, and developing a golf course. It will provide the core understanding and skills required to develop a career in the greenkeeping or the sports turf management industry.

Tasks to include:

  • 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

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Golf Greenkeeper
  • Level 3 Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • One day a week for theory and practical in Berkshire Agricultural College

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Job opportunities will also be enhanced for those apprentices who have completed the programme with promotion to more senior positions within a golf club facility or the option to progress by working in other sports facilities such as a Grounds Maintenance Operator/Technician.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Work flexibility, Willingness to learn, Strong work ethic, A safety mindset


GCSE or equivalent English and math (Grade A/8-E/3) Desired

About the employer

East Berkshire Golf Club was founded in 1903 and Peter Paxton originally designed the course. Peter was born in Musselburgh, known locally as the “honest toune” on the east coast of Scotland. Paxton became famous as a club maker who supplied the Royal Family with clubs and balls. He had one hundred acres in total to use at East Berkshire but, by using his flair and ingenuity, he shaped a rather desolate piece of heathland into a fine golf course. Little has since changed.






RG45 6BD

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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