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Hadlow College is First Organisation in UK to Offer New Golf Greenkeeping Standard Apprenticeship

Posted on 5th October 2016 in Apprenticeships, Horticulture

L-R: Paul Copsey, Work Based Assessor - Hadlow College, apprentices Callum Melody and Adam Richardson and Anthony Stockwell, Sports Turf Assessor – Hadlow College

Hadlow College is delighted to announce that they are the first centre in the UK to have been awarded approval to offer the newly developed 0143 Golf Greenkeeping Standard Apprenticeship.

The College was recently fast-tracked approved by City & Guilds to offer the qualification, which has been developed by The Greenkeepers Training Committee in association with BIGGA (The British and International Golf Greenkeepers' Association) and England Golf.

The apprenticeship standard typically takes two years to complete and upon completion, apprentices will be eligible to join BIGGA as a full member and become a BIGGA Accredited Greenkeeper.

Anthony Stockwell, Sports Turf Assessor at Hadlow College, said: "I am very optimistic for the future of greenkeeping education and I believe these changes will continue to raise the standards within the profession."

The College already has its first two applicants, Adam Richardson, 17, and Callum Melody, 18, who are the first students in the South of England to take the new apprenticeship. Both will be based at Royal St. George’s, the topflight Open Championship course in Sandwich, Kent.

Adam, who has already been working as a caddy at Royal St. George’s for 3 years, said: “We’re the guinea pigs for this brand new apprenticeship, so we don’t really know what to expect yet, but we’re buzzing with excitement.”

Callum, who has been working at Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club in Deal, Kent, said: “I’m hoping to progress onto the Level 3 GTC Trailblazer Apprenticeship after completing this one. We’ll both be fully-qualified by the time of the 2020 Open, so it’s exciting to think we could be working there, since Royal St George’s is on the venue rotation and may be hosting.”

Apprenticeships at Hadlow College are delivered by the Apprenticeships, Business and Community (ABC) department, who offer a full recruitment service, supporting employers with pre-screening and shortlisting applicants, advertising vacancies, arranging interviews, assessments and facilitating training. Employers using ABC as their training partner will have access to the very best training and state-of-the-art facilities at sites across Kent, including:

• An £85m campus in the centre of Tonbridge
• Brand new, £26m campus in the centre of Ashford, opening September 2017
• 1,000 acres of mixed farmland, fisheries and countryside in the heart of Kent

ABC’s experienced and expert skills advisers help employers to get the most from government-funded training and grants and the new government apprenticeship levy, due to be introduced on 6 April 2017.

Over the past year, ABC’s dedicated and friendly recruitment teams have worked with over 500 employers and helped over 1,000 young people into employment across Kent and the South East. They work closely with businesses and select quality apprenticeships to help businesses grow the staff they need to expand and succeed.

For more information on the 0143 Golf Greenkeeping Standard Apprenticeship:

For more information on the apprenticeships offered by The Hadlow Group, contact our Apprenticeships team on 01732 372888, email or visit or

Press contact: Philip Orrell, Hadlow Group PR and Media Manager, Tel: 01732 372794,

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