GTC secure £1m funding

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Share of £1 million boosts greenkeeping profession

By Anne Cooper

The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) has again helped to secure a share of £1 million in funding for Greenkeeper management training. The funding comes from the European Social Fund (ESF) and is a follow on from the first two-year programme of work-based training, which ended last year.

Being successful for a second time in securing the funding is a real vote of confidence for the GTC's trainer and assessor training programmes. The bid was made in partnership with Plan-It Training, and this time also offers the landscaping and Groundsmanship sectors the opportunity to undertake formal work-based training.

The original programme was the first of it's kind to secure ESF funding and it raised the profile of training within the greenkeeping profession. David Golding, GTC Education Director, said: "This new contract is a great boost for work-based training for Greenkeepers as well as the other land-based sectors that are set to benefit this time around. Plan-It Training and the GTC will again support employers who see skills training as the tried and tested method of keeping their workplace ahead of the game by investing in staff development and formal work-based qualifications.

Once again, the sector has benefited by supporting national and European programmes which are designed to be industry or employment led. We at the GTC are delighted that recognition for our commitment to golf club employers, Greenkeepers and course managers is backed by major funding organisations like the ESF. It is also a massive vote of confidence in Greenkeeper training by the ESF, and will be additional to the ongoing financial support from The English, Scottish and Welsh Golf Unions, BIGGA, the PGA European Tour and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews."

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