Standard Level 2
This profession exists to ensure that public and private sports facilities are available for use by the public and ensures facilities are available to support the Government policy of increasing physical activity. The Sports Turf Operative may also be referred to as a Groundsperson or Grounds Maintenance Operative.
A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which mirrors the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is available.
The career as a Sports Turf Operative can be quite varied, potentially working across a wide range of different sports and venues, including athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, rugby league and union, tennis and ranging from general parks type sports surfaces up to first class stadia. Working in the outdoor setting is a healthy and beneficial activity, which contributes to the well-being of employees as well as users of sports surfaces. With the vast range of natural or artificial turf pitches available, throughout the UK and worldwide, now is an excellent time to join this well-established and dynamic profession.
Due to the physical nature of the work of a Sports Turf Operative health and safety considerations, such as manual handling and the safe use of equipment, will form an important combined part of the first two-months of an Apprenticeship programme.
The Apprentice must maintain a ‘Record of Progress’ throughout the Apprenticeship.
A record of Off the Job Training – this is training that must occur for a minimum of 20% of the time the Apprentice is paid to work and is training delivered outside of their normal working duties – to develop a wider understanding of the industry.
Additional training courses and qualifications may be offered parallel to the programme as a way of supporting the learning journey towards the standard.
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5 GCSEs at Grade C and above in English, Mathematics, Science plus two other subjects. Students also need to have been employed in their current training practice for a minimum of 6 months.
If you haven't found a suitable employer, we will offer you guidance on applying for jobs and interviewing techniques.
You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week.
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Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.
From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.
This Standard is recognised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the Professional Body for Sports Turf Operatives and others working in the grounds care industry.
Upon achievement of this Standard the Apprentice will be eligible to join the IOG Register of Turf Management Professionals.
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