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Sports Turf

Learn to keep sports pitches and grounds in excellent condition with an Apprenticeship in Horticulture.

Horticulture isn't just about keeping hedges and gardens looking neat and tidy - there's also the upkeep and management of both private and public sports grounds to consider too.

Sports turf apprentices will be responsible for the maintenance, renovation and overall appearance of one (or more) sports turf surfaces. What's required of you in your job will vary depending on the employer's needs and the type of sport(s) which are available at the place where you work.

If you enjoy plenty of hands-on work in outdoor conditions, want to gain new skills while working and want to earn a wage while doing so, considering a career in as an apprentice in horticultural sports turf is an excellent choice.

What Can I Expect to Do As a Sports Turf Apprentice?

The day-to-day work of a horticultural apprentice can be quite different. One day you might be out repainting the lines of a football pitch to exact measurements and the next you may be out cutting the grass and weeding to maintain a healthy appearance.

You could work in a wide variety of different sports and venues as a sports turf apprentice. Athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, rugby league/union, tennis and many other sports rely on their groundsmen to keep their playing surfaces in excellent condition - in your role, you'll learn how to do this and gradually progress towards a full qualification while earning plenty of new skills along the way.

As an apprentice, you'll be working closely alongside senior members of staff who will be responsible for your training and continued professional development. You will also be support by East Durham College as your apprenticeship provider, and may be expected at times to attend college for further study and training as is needed during your apprenticeship.

You'll earn new skills and abilities such as:

  • The Ability to Maintain and Renovate Turf Surfaces - You'll learn to make sure all surfaces are fit for purpose and safe to use using many different specialist techniques.
  • Learn to Use Specialist Tools - Including: mowers, scarifiers, aerators and other specialist hand tools. You may also ride specialist mowers, tractors and other driveable equipment.
  • How to Calibrate Equipment - Ensure your equipment is set up correctly to apply the correct material requirements such as grass seed and fertiliser.
  • Prevention and Control Methods - Learn to understand how to maintain healthy turf to prevent disease, remove pests and weeds.
  • Marking Sports Areas - Mark to exact standards as defined by the Laws of the Governing Bodies of Sport.
  • Maintenance of Tools - Learn to maintain your tools, equipment and machinery to ensure they're working as they should do.
  • Drainage and Irrigation Maintenance - Effectively use these measures to maintain pitches to a high standard.
  • Communication Skills - Work closely as a member of team alongside senior staff and others to maintain a high standard of work.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Please check out the live Apprenticeship vacancies below that are currently being advertised with some great organisations we are working with.

If you haven’t used the www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk before you must create an account to apply. Creating an account allows you to:

  • apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • track your apprenticeship applications
  • receive alerts about new apprenticeships

To find out more information, please call the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 5508 or email apprenticeships@eastdurham.ac.uk.

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Latest vacancies

Peer Apprentice Liaison and Diversion

HUMANKIND CHARITY
Middlesbrough Police Station, Zetland Road, Middlesbrough TS1 1EG
Posted
We have an exciting opportunity to join our Liaison and Diversion Team as a Peer Apprentice, based at Middlesbrough. The successful candidate will help improve the lives of people with vulnerabilities as they go through the custody and court process. You will work as part of a team to provide support/guidance to engage with relevant services.
Course Route
Care services
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
30.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE

Early Years Apprentice

Pelton Community Primary School
Pelton Community Primary School, Ouston Lane, Chester Le Street DH2 1EZ
Posted
To provide a high standard of care for children attending Pelton Federation EYFS. The successful applicant should be a positive role model and an enthusiastic individual who holds a similar passion for inspiring early years learning. We are looking for a good communicator and someone who has a true desire in wanting to work with children.
Course Route
Education and childcare
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
35.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE

Manufacturing Apprentice

TWR TRADE FRAMES LIMITED
3-4 WHITEHOUSE WAY, SOUTH WEST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, PETERLEE SR8 2RA
Posted
TWR Tradeframes Ltd is a family owned business and one of the UK’s leading aluminium trade fabricators manufacturing and assembling aluminium bi-folding doors. They are looking for 2 apprentices to join their team, who will work alongside the Production Manager to gain experience and knowledge of fabrication and manufacturing techniques.
Course Route
Engineering and manufacturing
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
40.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE