Welcome to Open Turf, utilising Web 2.0 technologies
in creating a platform for collaborative and self-determined learning This concept is being explored here for
the new Apprenticeship Standard
in Groundsmanship: Sports Turf Operative (Level 2)

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for a Sports Turf Operative

1. Occupation:

A Sports Turf Operative, which might also be referred to as a Groundsperson or Grounds Maintenance Operative.

2. Occupational profile

This occupation exists to ensure that public and private sports facilities are available for use by the public and ensures facilities are available to support the Government policy of increasing physical activity.

A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which reflects the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is provided.

The career as a Sports Turf Operative can be quite varied, potentially working across a wide range of different sports and venues, including athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, rugby league and union, tennis and ranging from general parks type sports surfaces up to first class stadia. Working in the outdoor environment is a healthy and therapeutic activity, which contributes to the well-being of employees as well as users of sports surfaces. With the vast range of natural or artificial turf pitches available, throughout the UK and world-wide, now is an excellent time to join this well-established and dynamic profession.

3. Requirements:

Knowledge; Skills; Behaviours.

4. Duration:

The apprenticeship will typically take 18-24 months to complete.

5. Professional Recognition:

This standard is recognised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the Professional Body for Sports Turf Operatives and others working in the grounds care industry. Upon achievement of this standard the apprentice will be eligible to join the IOG register of Turf Management Professionals.

6. Review:

The apprenticeship will be reviewed after 3 years.