IOG and GTC collaborate on training manual and diploma deal

The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) have created a new training manual for groundsmen and secured a deal with the City & Guilds NPTC to include their logos on work based diploma certificates from 1 September.

City & Guilds NPTC’s Chief Executive Jack Ward confirmed an agreement had been reached with both bodies and hoped that it would provide an example to other land-based organisations.

The diplomas, which have replaced NVQs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, were designed to give industry more influence in shaping content. 

The new Groundsman Training Manual created by the Greenkeepers Training Committee in association with the IOG, follows the lead of the acclaimed Greenkeepers’ version.

Approved City & Guilds NPTC Centres will have access to the manuals for use with sports turf students and the knowledge which underpins the skills required within the Diplomas is also available through learning materials in hard copy or CD Rom format.

GTC education director David Golding said the agreement will help the industry and students and would help improve standards.

IOG head of professional services Ian Lacy added: "We are delighted to have worked with the GTC to secure this agreement with City & Guilds NPTC.

"In 2006, the IOG launched its six-year strategic Challenging Perceptions plan where a key theme was to identify and establish partnerships which this agreement achieves.  The IOG is committed to promoting the skills agenda to National Governing Bodies of Sport through the new Diplomas.

Golding commented: "The GTC is dedicated to ensuring a range of quality qualifications ranging from Work Based through to Foundation Degree are available through a network of Approved Centres."

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