Apprentice Greenkeeper COWSLIP VALLEY FARMS LTD

Opportunity to join our developing team of skilled golf course greenkeepers. You will assist the team to produce and develop our ever-improving site and will be involved in all aspects of golf course maintenance. We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual interested in pursuing physical outdoor work.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 26 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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

    Summer 45 hours Winter 40 hours Summer Months 6am-3pm, Winter Months 7am-3pm including 1/2 hr paid lunch, Mon-Fri

    Total hours per week: 45.00

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    4 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As apprentice greenkeeper you will be taught all aspects of golf course maintenance.  You will use hand held tools and powered tools and progress to ride on machinery.  We firmly believe that all of our staff should be capable of doing every task required on the course.  You will not be stuck on one job, you will be giving training and an opportunity on all aspects of the job.  Your role will be extensively golf course based, but you may be asked to do some maintenance tasks around the clubhouse and our other facilities, all falling within the greenkeeping teams’ remit.

We have an 18-hole golf course, 9-hole par 3 course, driving range, clubhouse and hospitality venue, holiday lodges and caravan site.

Your roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Daily golf course preparation including dew removal, moving tee markers, raking bunkers, changing holes, hand watering
  • Cutting greens, tees, fairways and rough using ride on machinery
  • Machinery maintenance including daily pre-start checks, basic maintenance and an understanding of why these are so important
  • Learn the rules and etiquette associated with the game
  • Understand health and safety procedures needed by the greenkeepers and site users, and implement these daily
  • Learn strategies of fertilisation, weed control and disease and pest identification and control
  • Helping in other aspects of the club concerning landscaping around the holiday lodges and clubhouse
  • Initially the employee will be tasked with handheld equipment tasks, strimming, hedge cutting, bunker work, tee divotting. 

Once a level of competence has been achieved, once confident with the site and familiar with ettiquette around golfers and members we will then introduce ride on equipment.  There are set tasks we do daily, but tasks will be adjusted according to growth, competitions and weather conditions of the week.  No two days are the same, employees need to be flexible as plans can, and do, change during the day.

The training you will be getting

Suffolk New College will provide training towards;

  • Golf Greenkeeper Standard
  • English and Maths (if required) at Level 2

Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential for full-time employment within the industry

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Good Communication, Team Player, Willingness to learn


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Desired

Things to consider

This is an all weather position, you will be provided with the appropriate clothing and PPE. The job starts early, 6am daily and it is a physical position. Shortlisting and interviews will take place throughout the duration of the vacancy advert. This may mean that the vacancy could close before the published cut-off date should suitable candidates be found.

About the employer

Proprietary golf club on the outskirts of Ipswich. Full size 18 hole golf course, 9-hole Par 3 course, driving range, holiday lodges, hospitality venue/clubhouse, hosts weddings.




Witnesham Road


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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

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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 26 Jul 2024