Training and Education - Train and Retain Staff
Investing in training staff is more effective than shopping around for talent, according to research by staff at the Cranfield School of Management. Despite training budgets often being the first to go in a recession, the research maintains that ‘growing your own’ is an effective way for organisations to obtain the skills they need while saving money. So, why not look at flexible training solutions that benefit both your employees and business?
If you (or your colleagues) have tried NVQs or day release, but part way through realised they’re not for you, there is another route to gaining sports turf qualifications specifically targeted at groundsmen (rather than traditional qualifications aimed at greenkeepers and general horiculturalists).
The IOG has got together with City & Guilds to produce a new advanced qualification – the Level 3 Advanced National Certificate in Sports and Amenity Turf Management [L3 ANC].
Combining the experience and knowledge of the two organisations, L3 ANC offers advanced learning opportunities for experienced groundsmen and managers – and it can be completed online when and where (at home or at work) it best suits you.
Seven core units and assessments must be completed, plus one optional unit, with the assessments taking place either online or on-site at your place of work. Online access is provided via the IOG Moodle resource - basically an interactive text book and classroom where users can access all appropriate resources and have access to ‘online tutors’ who will help and guide you throughout the course.
- Plant physiology in relation to the horticulture industries
- Maintaining health and safety in the amenity horticulture industries
- Management of weeds, pests and diseases
- Turf machinery and equipment management
- Working in the turfgrass Industry
- Construction of sports and amenity turf Areas
- Sustainable management of turf.
- Management of amenity turf
- Management of sports turf –cricket facilities
- Management of sports turf – bowling greens
- Management of sports turf – tennis courts
- Management of sports turf – Association football pitches
- Management of sports turf – rugby pitches
- Management of sports turf – golf facilities
- Management of sports turf – horseracing facilities.