Sports Turf Operative apprenticeship Chelmsford City Racecourse

A fantastic opportunity to work at one of the busiest racecourses in the UK. This is a varied role that includes supporting the Head Groundsman in ensuring that the course is safe and that associated areas are ready for each race day.

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Closing date: 20 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 4.30pm. There will be the requirement to work race days, which include some Sundays and Bank Holidays, and may involve additional hours on these days.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Repairing of the racing surface during and after the racing season
  • Aiding in the preparation and procurement of materials for grounds maintenance and horticultural supplies
  • Grass cutting and strimming as instructed during the growing season for the entire estate
  • Ensure all areas are tidy prior to a raceday/event and all horse welfare facilities are prepared and ready
  • Undertake routine grounds preparation, maintenance, renovation, and general upkeep of all sports turf surfaces (e.g. natural turf, hybrid turf, artificial turf)
  • Prepare a surface for play in line with the relevant rules of each sport's national governing bodies
  • Prepare and establish ground for grassed areas for sport
    Use machinery, equipment, and vehicles in accordance with organisational requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and
    Health and Safety legislation
  • Identify and communicate faults with equipment and machinery to relevant personnel
  • Maintain the cleanliness of machinery, equipment, sports grounds, and work areas
  • Ensure a safe working environment and the adoption of safe working practices
  • Assist with the movement of equipment and materials, and their installation around the sports ground and playing areas.
    Maintain effectiveness of sports turf irrigation and drainage
  • Dispose of waste in accordance with organisational procedures, legal requirements and taking into account environmental sustainability
  • Identify and communicate incidence of sports turf weeds, pests, diseases, and disorders
  • Use integrated prevention and control methods to reduce the incidence of diseases, disorders, pests and weeds on turf
  • Mark out playing surfaces (including arcs and squaring off using the 3-4-5 method)

The training you will be getting

Your training will be provided by both your employer and the Grey Seal Academy.

All training is delivered face to face at the workplace either on site or videoconferencing; this includes x1 training session and x1 coaching session per month

You will have access to an online portfolio and virtual learning environment to assist your training and assessment during your programme

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship you will gain the following qualifications and standards:

  • Sports Turf Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in mathematics Level 1 / 2 (if applicable)
  • Functional Skills in English Level 1 / 2 (if applicable)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There is potential of a permanent position

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 9-3/A*-D) Desired

Things to consider

Flexibility to work outside normal office hours as required, including some weekends and public holidays.

About the employer

Chelmsford City Racecourse is the UK’s newest racecourse and the home of horseracing in Essex, but it’s so much more than that. Chelmsford City Racecourse opened its doors in 2015 and since then has gone on to become one of the busiest racecourses in the UK, thanks to its highly acclaimed All Weather Polytrack surface that will play host to a massive 53 fixtures in 2021 including two Listed Races, as well as the Chelmsford City Cup Handicap. By providing some of the highest prize-money in British racing, the racecourse routinely attracts some of the most successful and prominent trainers and jockeys in the world with horses running at Chelmsford City going on to win at Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, and many other major international racing festivals. Built on the site of the previous Essex County Showground, Chelmsford City Racecourse is the newest racecourse in the UK and just one of only five fully floodlit All-Weather tracks in the UK capable of offering horseracing all year round. With its distinctive bespoke champagne-flute floodlights, the racecourse prides itself on sleek design with the newly constructed grandstand having been shortlisted for an architectural award in 2016.


Chelmsford City Racecourse


Chelmsford City Racecourse




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Training provider


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


Sophie Masters


Apprenticeship standard

Sports turf operative

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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