Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship HUDDERSFIELD GOLF CLUB LTD

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the team as an Apprentice Green keeper. The apprenticeship will be varied and rewarding. Each day will entail a variety of tasks, so you must be able to work in all weather conditions, be physically fit with the ability to follow oral and written instructions.

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Closing date: 19 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,520.00

    The pay will rise to minimum wage in the 2nd year. The wage may be higher, depending on work experience.

  • Working week

    6.00am to 2.30pm in summer and 7.00am to 3.30pm in winter.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000235635

  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

A Golf greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with employer’s requirements. It is their job along with colleagues to maintain a good quality playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers.

There are four key turfgrass areas on a golf course – greens, tees, fairways and rough. Each of which requires a different type of maintenance. Using a range of equipment and machinery safely and competently will play a major part within an apprentices training programme. Golf Greenkeepers will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations which may include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees, shrubs and developing wildlife habitats. The skills required to become a competent greenkeeper will be acquired whilst working as an apprentice on the golf course.

By the end of the programme, you will know when, how and why the range of maintenance operations are carried out.

A Golf Greenkeeper will be able to:

  • Maintain good standards of health and safety for self and others.
  • Prepare the golf course for play which will include removing early morning dew and debris from the greens, raking bunkers, moving tee markers, cutting new holes on greens.
  • Prepare and use equipment and machinery to maintain and renovate all turf surfaces within the golf course, including the use of tractors, ride-on machines and specialist equipment.
  • Apply turf treatments to help produce quality playing surfaces, including fertilisers and top dressing.
  • Use a variety of integrated methods to control weeds, fungal diseases, pests and turf disorders.
  • Maintain and renovate bunkers and other hazards such as water features.
  • Maintain drainage and irrigation systems.
  • Prepare ground to establish turf and plants when maintaining, renovating and constructing golf course features.

An Apprentice Golf Greenkeeper will develop and learn to understand the following technical knowledge:

  • Identify their role in monitoring and maintaining health and safety within the workplace.
  • Identify a number of grasses, weeds, pests, diseases, turf disorders, plants and trees.
  • The primary aspects of soil and plant biology to include the process of germination: photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration.
  • The principles of mowing and machine maintenance and their operation.
  • The need and implications of rolling, verti-cutting, scarification and aeration.
  • The strategies for controlling weeds, pests, diseases and turf disorders.
  • How fertilisers, top dressing and chemicals affect playing surfaces.
  • How course maintenance practices affect the environment.
  • Be aware of the importance of the Rules of Golf and golf course etiquette.
  • Recognise the importance of environmental and ecological best practice.
  • The operation of irrigation, drainage systems and their maintenance.

The training you will be getting

  • Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Standard
  • End point assessment
  • Level 2 Golf Greenkeeper qualification
  • You will attend regular training sessions with your Oldham College Tutor at your workplace.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).
  • Completion of the apprenticeship will enable qualified apprentices to apply for full membership.
  • Further progression may well be available in other areas within our sector, upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Enthusiastic, Reliable and hard working, Polite and friendly, Self-motivated

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9/A*-C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4-9/A*-C or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

You must have a strong work ethic including pride in work, attention to detail, integrity and time management,. Have a flexible positive attitude to work. Ability to work as a lone worker and as a member of a team. A willingness to learn and contribute to their own continuing professional development. Having a safety mindset for self, colleagues and golfers. A clear and effective communicator who can use a variety of communication methods to give/receive information accurately and in a timely and positive manner. Problem solving and effective decision making. Please do not contact the employer direct. If your application is successful, you will be contacted by The Oldham College (normally via email) to invite you to a pre-selection interview and initial assessment.

About the employer

Huddersfield Golf Club is one of the oldest (1891) and finest championship golf courses in the North of England. It is the Home of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs. Here at Huddersfield, we believe in all members and guests receiving a warm welcome, creating those memorable moments and making sure you receive a fond farewell. In the early part of the 2000’s all the greens were rebuilt to a USGA specification allowing golf to be played throughout the year. Most recently a £300 000 bunker renovation has been completed improving their consistency and strategy when playing the course. Huddersfield hosted the England Men's County finals in 2018 and Yorkshire Team Championships amongst other Ladies national competitions and looks to develop its reputation further. We have invested heavily in the quality and presentation of the 6500 yards course recognising it is a heathland / moorland course. Huddersfield is now embarking on a course improvement project to take it to the end of the decade to improve its playability throughout the year and to improve its sustainability and ecological credentials.

Employer

HUDDERSFIELD GOLF CLUB LTD

Address

FIXBY HALL

LIGHTRIDGE ROAD

FIXBY

HD2 2EP

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Training

Training provider

THE OLDHAM COLLEGE

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

Contact

Andrea Kearns

andrea.kearns@oldham.ac.uk

01617854072

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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