New Level 2 Golf Greenkeeper Qualification Gathers Significant Momentum
Pictured above: Students from Royal Blackheath, Dulwich, Rochester & Cobham, Hever Castle, Wildernesse, Poult Wood and Canterbury Golf Clubs attended Hadlow’s first induction day.
Hadlow College is delighted to have recently enrolled over 15 students on the new Level 2 Golf Greenkeeper Certificate 0143. This new cohort of students represents a significant shift in the industry from old framework qualifications to the new more modern standard apprenticeships.
Anthony Stockwell, Sports Turf Lecturer 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. These changes will give the students the skills to succeed with the modern demands of the industry”.
Hadlow College was delighted to announce that last September they were the first centre in the UK to have been awarded approval to offer the newly developed 0143 Golf Greenkeeping Standard Apprenticeship. In May 2017 Hadlow organised two induction days for the new students.
Sam Wyles, student at Hadlow College and Wildernesse Golf Club, commented “I'm really eager to learn and thrilled to have started the course. The course sounds like it will be a challenge, but I feel I'm at a supportive golf club who will help me through my studies.”
Pictured above: Students including Sam Wyles completing turf identification exercise as part of their induction day.
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.