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Apprentice Greenkeeper - Slaley Hall

Are you looking to kick start your greenkeeping career with a first-class apprenticeship?  

Is working in a ‘hands on’ role more your thing? 

Why choose an apprenticeship with The QHotels Collection?

Easy! We’ll fully fund the course for you, provide a free uniform and, once you’re qualified, there’s no need to search for a new role - we’ll have one ready and waiting for you to step into!

What we can offer you:

  • Family and Friends discounts across all our hotels

  • Free onsite parking

  • Free access to the health club

  • Clear career and development opportunities

  • Internal talent exchange network

  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme, 24/7, 365 days a year What to expect during your apprenticeship?

During your programme, you’ll be able to work and learn at the same time!

You will understand:

  • How to monitor and maintain health and safety within the workplace.

  • How to identify a number of grasses, weeds, pests, diseases, turf disorders, plants and trees.

  • The primary aspects of soil and plant biology to include the process of germination photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration

  • The principles of mowing and machine maintenance and their operation

  • The need and implications of rolling, verti-cutting, scarification and aeration

  • The strategies for controlling weeds, pests, diseases and turf disorders

  • How fertilisers, top dressing and chemicals affect playing surfaces

  • How course maintenance practices affect the environment

  • Basic information technology

  • Be aware of the importance of the Rules of Golf and golf course etiquette

  • Recognise the importance of environmental and ecological best practice

  • The operation of irrigation, drainage systems and their maintenance

The apprenticeship will allow you to:

  • Maintain good standards of health and safety for self and others

  • Preparing the golf course for play which will include removing early morning dew and debris from the greens, raking bunkers, moving tee markers, cutting new holes on greens

  • Preparing and using equipment and machinery to maintain and renovate all turf surfaces within the golf course, including the use of tractors, ride-on machines, and specialist equipment

  • Apply turf treatments to help produce quality playing surfaces, including fertilisers and top dressing using a variety of integrated methods to control weeds, fungal diseases, pests and turf disorders

  • Maintain and renovate bunkers and other hazards such as water features

  • Maintain drainage and irrigation systems

  • Preparing ground to establish turf

The programme will last a minimum of 24 months with an End Point Assessment.

Is the Greenkeeper Apprenticeship right for me?

You will:

  • Have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and maths and be willing to work towards continual development of functional skills during your programme

  • Be eager & committed to learn and participate in on-job and off-job training

  • Be organised and committed to completing your assignments on time

  • Be willing to travel to complete your programme workshops

Job Ref QHC13283

  • Branch: Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

  • Salary/Benefits: Hourly Rate up to £11.44

  • Contract type: Permanent

  • Hours: Full Time

  • Shift pattern: 5 Days out of 7 with additional weekends on rota system

  • Hours per week: 40

  • Date posted: 26/04/2024

  • Closing date: 28/05/2024

To Apply for this role, please send your CV and Covering Letter to: quoting QHC13283

At The QHotels Collection, we are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. Our culture centres around diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities for all.  If you would like to discuss your application further in relation to the Disability Confident, please do reach out via email to

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