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Sports Turf Operative (Level 2)



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1.7 years

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Course Overview

Sports Turf Operative role is responsible for maintaining and renovating sports surfaces to make sure that public and private sports facilities are available for use. It will primarily be carried out in an outdoors environment and sites will range from general grass root sports surfaces, sports clubs, schools, up to international stadiums and training facilities. Employing organisations may be of varying sizes depending on the geographical coverage of the organisation.

What will I learn?

You will learn a range of core knowledge, skills and behaviours including:
- Identifying sports turf weeds, pests, diseases and disorders
- Maintaining and renovating sports surfaces to make sure that public and private sports facilities are available for use taking into consideration the environmental conditions that affect the playability, quality, safety and management of turf surfaces
- Marking out playing areas and maintaining effectiveness of irrigation and drainage systems
- Safe handling, use and maintenance of equipment and machinery to comply with health and safety legislation and quality standards

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Delivered one day a week at our Lackham campus during term time only (can be delivered remotely if needed) and in the workplace with a visit from your tutor every 10 to 12 weeks.

As part of the apprenticeship programme, you’ll need to record a minimum of 6 hours per week ‘off-the-job’ training time. This can include college attendance, work shadowing, training, workshops, online learning, tutor sessions, revision, webinars, industry visits – anything that supports your learning on the apprenticeship and supported by your dedicated assessor.

This programme is assessed by practical assessments including multiply choice tests, observations and professional discussions conducted in the workplace and used to generate evidence for your portfolio in preparation for your EPA. The tutor will arrange college lessons covering both theory and practical learning as required throughout the programme; option for remote deliver available.

On successful completion of the Sports Turf Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship you will hold the qualification of the Apprenticeship Standard.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices who do not hold maths & English L1 or GSCE grades 2 (E) will need to complete these prior to Gateway.

You must have secured a position with an employer and be ready to start working with them before you can begin your apprenticeship course.

If you already have an employer and they have agreed to put you through an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship team and we'll get you started. Email or call 0845 345 2235

Additional Costs and Information

This apprenticeship lasts 18 plus 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA) and begins in June or October.

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