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The Gleneagles Hotel



The Gleneagles Hotel

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Salary £18,252 per year Location AUCHTERARDER Hours of work Full-time (39 Hours) Training provider SRUC Closing date 13/12/2021 Qualification SCQF Level 6

Job overview

One of Scotland’s finest and most iconic 5-star hotels and sporting estates, we are currently seeking dedicated and ambitious Greenkeeping Apprentices.

Gleneagles has inspired generations of apprentice greenkeepers, who’ve learnt their trade on our beautiful golf courses, honed their craft through all weathers and seasons, and kick-started successful careers in the industry.

So much more than a job, our Greenkeeping Apprenticeship is the chance to earn while you learn, a journey of discovery, an opportunity to learn from experts at the very top of their game, an outstanding professional development experience, and an industry kitemark that is recognised globally.

A bit about where you'll be working:

A golfer's paradise for a century, Gleneagles’ hallowed fairways have been graced by the good, the great and legends of the game, and its greens have welcomed some of the biggest events in sport.

But our three championship courses are not only for our guests to enjoy; they’re where our greenkeepers work every day, maintaining course conditioning to ensure Gleneagles strengthens its reputation as one of the world’s most iconic golf destinations.

If you hate sitting behind a desk all day, and prefer to work in an ‘office’ where you get to enjoy fresh air, wildlife and physical activity, our Greenkeeping Apprenticeship offers the chance to develop your skills under the mentorship of some of the most respected greenkeeping professionals in the world.

Far from just ‘cutting grass’, you’ll be gaining experience in the fundamentals of irrigation, mechanics, and construction, learning about cutting-edge technologies, and getting a front row seat to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

With three championship golf courses – The King’s, the No.1 inland course in Scotland, The Queen’s, one of the finest par-68 golf courses in the UK and The PGA Centenary Course, Host Venue of The 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup – you’ll be building experience across a diverse range of course settings.

A fascinating combination of education, science and art, our Greenkeeping Apprenticeship is an opportunity to establish a rewarding and successful career in a truly international discipline.

What will I learn?

The Greenkeeping Apprenticeship is a unique hands-on programme that leads to a Modern Apprenticeship Sports Turf Greenkeeping SCQF Level 6 and a permanent position on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Fully immersed in operations from day one, you’ll be learning on the job, building your talents, and developing your experience. Under the caring mentorship of an experienced greenkeeper who worked in some of the best golf courses in the world, you’ll be fully supported throughout the programme, and provided with unlimited opportunity for fun, adventures and making happy memories and life-long friendships as you go!

With automatic enrolment into our Gleneagles Academy, you’ll also have access to some of the best learning and development opportunities in the field of luxury hospitality. From supplier visits and master-classes to training workshops and sponsorship opportunities with key industry brands and organisations, your development journey in our Glorious Playground will be unrivalled.

You will graduate from your Greenkeeping Apprenticeship with the skills and experience to forge a successful career and the confidence to make your mark as a top greenkeeper.

Rotating round our three championship golf courses, during your apprenticeship you will;

Create a unique and personalised portfolio of work-based learning leading towards a recognised level 5 qualification with progression towards level 6 if required.
Gain experience in all areas of the golf course maintenance including ways of working and all health and safety protocols.
Mow all surface areas - a key part of the daily set up of the golf courses - you will learn the cultural practices implemented at our 5-star facility.
Learn key and practical greenkeeping skills such as operating equipment, fertility, irrigation, drainage, aeration and sampling techniques as well as performance measurements across varied surfaces.
Spend quality time with key decision makers in the business, learning about managing a team, scheduling, planning and organisation and a whole range of essential skills.
Gain experience by being part of small project teams as we implement a wide range of improvements throughout the season.
Interact with our guests, always warm, professional, helpful and doing everything you can to exceed their expectations; playing your part in making their stay with us 5 star in every way.

What qualification or qualities are required?

You are ambitious for your future, have the determination to succeed, and have a desire to take your first steps in becoming a skilled and qualified Greenkeeping.

You have a real desire to further your greenkeeping education through formal learning and are fully invested in developing in this specialism.

Highly motivated and possessing an immense sense of pride in your work; you're passionate about delivering the high standards for our guests in line with the Gleneagles brand.

You have a positive “can do” attitude to solving problems in a professional and courteous manner.

A strong team player with great communication skills and an enthusiastic approach; you're well organised and punctual with an eagle eye for detail.

You’ll be an early bird who wants to be part of a team that works hard, supports each other and above all has fun along the way.

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