Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard in Sports Turf Operative


Hadlow Campus

The Sports Turf Operative apprenticeship programme will help you gain the skills and knowledge to maintain and renovate sports playing surfaces. This is practical apprenticeship involving the use of machinery and technology, as well as learning the technical knowledge expected in the industry. Being a sports turf operative requires commitment, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently.

Before students are enrolled a comprehensive audit of the workplace is completed to ensure that learners will receive the correct off the job learning requirements. The requirements for off the job learning are critical for the success of the students. It must be emphasised that apprentices are only enrolled if the learning environment is conducive to the requirements of the course. This will form a significant part of the delivery, as the apprentice will be exposed to the daily requirements of the course and workplace expectations. Apprentices will only be enrolled if this dovetails naturally together. The off the job hours must be 20% of the learner’s time at work. All learners must work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Therefore, if given 7 weeks holiday per year. The minimum a learner could receive would be 270 hours per year, over 18 months this would be 405 hours of off the job teaching in the workplace. Students are only enrolled on the foundation that the employers can provide the learner’s with this exposure. This exposure will help learner’s develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected within the course.

All learners will attend a formal and comprehensive induction procedure at Hadlow College. The induction will introduce the learners to course, qualification and workplace requirements, ICT systems and online support. The induction process is 8 hours of off the job training.

Students will receive regular on-site workplace visits, these will be completed to check and monitor progression, conduct reviews, evidence off the job learning. Support learners with the research required to complete the “IOG Record of Progress”. Collect the 6 hours of practical video evidence required to meet the portfolio gateway requirements.

Learners will be given access to highly modern and technical teaching materials. This will include reading materials available on Moodle VLE. They will also be permitted to undertake mock knowledge tests. This will contribute to 16 hours towards teaching hours.

During the winter there will be monthly training days/visits to local employers. During these support days, there will be the opportunity for networking and learning from other students. We will complete mock tests to ensure learner’s progression is benchmarked to ensure we are only putting them through the Gateway once they are ready. The location of these training days will be varied to accommodate the extended delivery length of students. It is expected that students will be enrolled from all over the South-East of England (not just Kent) Our current demographic of learner’s is based from Central London, Hertfordshire and Ramsgate. Therefore the delivery needs to be flexible to accommodate for individual learning needs. The teaching delivery will include:

Teaching delivery at college or employers workplaces will be over 18 months around the sports turf calendar.

One day per week for two weeks in months November (Core knowledge Health and Safety, workplace procedures and legislation), December (Identification and biological processes), January (core behaviours), February (core knowledge and skills off the job), June (core knowledge and reasons for setting standards of play), July (Core knowledge related to renovation of sports turf), September (Turf health and maintenance standards) and October (core behaviours and mock tests.) This would equate to 128 hours of teaching.

Learners are also able to attend industry seminar days that Hadlow College host for the Kent British and International Greenkeeping Association. On these dates, external speakers are invited into the college and present technical presentation to stretch and challenge learners’ abilities. These are focused on topical industry matters and current industry practice which will help with the learners course. These are hosted on Wednesday’s in November, December, January, February and March and equate to 30 hours of teaching.

If learner’s need to attend functional skills, they will attend Hadlow College for their functional skills classes. This does not contribute towards off the job training

Apprentices successfully completing the Level 2 qualification can progress within the industry by continuing on to the Level 3 Apprenticeship or other Further Education courses.

Why should students study this programme?

The sports turf industry is a great environment to work in. It offers a healthy and active lifestyle and working outdoors. The industry is so diverse and enables students to work in many different areas from Premier League football, cricket, rugby, horse racing, tennis and any sport played on natural turf. Hadlow College has tremendous links with the industry and former students have progressed to the top jobs in the industry.

- Correctly calibrate equipment for material requirements and apply at the correct rates a range of materials, including grass seed, fertiliser and bulky top-dressing
- The safe use of a range of equipment and machinery, such as mowers, scarifiers, aerators and other specialist turf care equipment, covering hand tools, as well as pedestrian operated, ride-on and tractor mounted implements
- Use integrated prevention and control methods to reduce the incidence of diseases, disorders, pests and weeds on turf
- Set and mark out sports areas in accordance with the Laws of the Governing Bodies of Sport
- Maintain tools, equipment and machinery used for maintenance and renovation activities to ensure their safe and effective use
- Maintain and conduct basic routine servicing and repairs to drainage and irrigation systems
- Effectively communicate with others and provide an excellent level of customer service
- Work safely, efficiently and effectively at all times, whether under supervision, as an individual, or in a team

    Hadlow Campus

  • Apprenticeship

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    College Certificate

Entry requirements

A potential apprentice:

Must be aged 16 or over & have officially left school.

Must be employed (NOT self-employed) in the relevant occupational sector, working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Must have the ability to achieve Functional Skills Level 1 in maths & English. (All candidates must complete the online BKSB initial and diagnostic assessment prior to enrolment to support learning).

Typically potential apprentices would have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades A-D (9 – 3 in the new grading system), including English, maths and science, or other equivalent vocational qualifications.