The new IoG Apprenticeship in Groundsmanship is available at different levels – Apprenticeship Level 2, Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, Apprenticeship Level 4 – and accessible through different routes such as work-based diploma, foundation learning, GCSE/A Level and employment with training.
The apprenticeship scheme is open to anyone aged 16 and above and can be completed in one to three years, dependant on the level chosen.
IoG head of professional services Ian Lacy said:
"The IoG Apprenticeship, a work-based (on- and off-job) programme designed around the needs of an employer, leads to nationally recognised qualifications such as diplomas in Groundsmanship and greenekeeping accredited by City & Guilds land-based services.
"The majority of the time is spent in the workplace and supported by a mentor – usually the head groundsman or a fellow member of staff – and the remaining time is delivered by the learning provider, the IoG."
Ian Lacy said the IoG aims to offer a one-stop shop apprenticeship service including screening for literacy and numeracy, assessment of occupational skills, advice on learning styles and psychometric testing, and help with the induction, sign-up, assessor visit and ongoing monitoring progress.
"Apprenticeships are the Government’s primary route to skills and employability, and such a formal springboard for a career in groundscare has been sorely missing – until now," he added.