Apprentice Greenkeeper

  • Company: Cowdray Park Golf Club
  • Closing Date: 01-03-2020
  • Location: GU29 0BB
  • Salary: £195 p/week
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Reporting to the Course Manager, to provide a level of support and service to the greenkeeping team in order that the club courses and communal areas are presented to the highest standards, and to further ensure that all public and work areas are clean and safe.

Primary Responsibilities

  • To provide exceptional levels of standards and service in the presentation of the club courses and communal areas, including around the clubhouse
  • To clean and care for the equipment in your working area
  • To have a comprehensive knowledge of the departments working practices and procedures
  • To assist colleagues as required
  • To report any queries or problems immediately to the Course Manager
  • To comply with the club’s health and safety policy

Key Tasks:

  • To ensure that you have a comprehensive knowledge of the departments working practices and procedures. This includes an understanding of the Employee Handbook.
  • To clean and care for all equipment used and ensure a clean, tidy and safe area at all times
  • To report all queries and complaints quickly & efficiently to the Course Manager
  • To communicate with others in the department & in other departments to ensure excellent customer relations are maintained at all times
  • To ensure the department Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are adhered to at all times
  • To ensure the training and knowledge provided is adhered to and used in all department operations and activities
  • To welcome and support all team members and new starters
  • To adhere to the Club image standards policy and have excellent personal presentation and high standards of hygiene
  • To demonstrate integrity when agreeing to shifts and work patterns with the Course Manager
  • To ensure that you are an ambassador for the Cowdray Park Golf Club and wider Estate at all times
  • To consistently attend work on time for agreed shifts
  • To ensure you use the clock in/out system with integrity

Health & Safety:

  • To attend and partake in any & all training provided by the Club, including both on and off job training
  • To clean all equipment as directed by the Course Manager
  • To be aware of and comply with safe working practices as detailed in the Health and Safety Act as applicable to your place of work. This will include your awareness of any specific hazards at your workplace
  • The wearing of appropriate protective clothing provided by or recommended by the Club will be obligatory
  • To report any defects observed at the Club to the Course Manager
  • To ensure that any accidents to are reported immediately to the Course Manager
  • To attend/complete annual, Statutory Fire and Health & Safety training and to be fully conversant with and abide by all rules concerning Fire and Health & Safety
  • To be fully conversant with: The Club Fire Procedures, The Club Health and Safety Procedures, C.O.S.H.H. Regulations and Staff Policies & Procedures

Departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)General:

  • The above description is not to be regarded as exhaustive. Other tasks and responsibilities of a broadly comparable nature may be added on a temporary or permanent basis, as appropriate

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in a similar type of environment
  • Excellent communication skills, good team player, flexible approach to hours of work, friendly and outgoing
  • Proactive and able to use initiative
  • Good interpersonal skills

Personal qualities

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Flexible
  • Team Player
  • Reliable
  • Ability to multitask
  • Positive
  • Awareness of surroundings
  • Effective communicator
  • Proactive

Desired qualifications

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Educated to GCSE or equivalent level. 

Future prospects

This standard is recognised by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), the Professional Body for Greenkeepers. At the start of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be registered with BIGGA. Upon completion of this standard the apprentice will be eligible to join BIGGA as a full member and become a BIGGA Accredited Greenkeeper.

The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher-level apprenticeship standard.

Things to consider

This apprenticeship is for outdoor work in all seasons/weathers with early starts and weekend working may be required.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

About the employer

Cowdray Golf is an 18 hole Championship year-round course in the heart of Sussex.

Golf has been played on our scenic course for well over a century. Its combination of sandy soil with the latest irrigation and sprinkler systems, means superb conditions can be maintained even in wet weather making it a true all year-round course.

Cowdray Golf celebrated its 110th birthday in 2014. The club is a proprietary business with membership at the core. Its key aim is to combine excellent facilities with friendly service and a warm welcome to all.

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