GMA skills course supports the ‘accidental manager’

Groundsmanship is one of the few remaining industries where it is possible to be promoted into management positions without any kind of training or experience in managing aspects, which are ‘nonturf’ related. Following feedback from the industry, the GMA has identified a need to provide an approach which can further help staff who have been promoted to supervisory management positions - typically as recognition of the length of time they have been employed by an organisation. In many cases there has been an assumption that supervisory management skills have been automatically gained along the way – although rarely is this the case in practice.

Course enhancement
To help support and develop staff who are in this position, or who aspire to such positions, we are enhancing the already popular supervisory management course so it can be made available as online modules from this September. Managers will be able to enrol on one, or more modules, to help them be as effective as possible.

The new online modular approach is ideal for people wishing to gradually return to learning, which is an important consideration where there has been a long time since any formal studying last occurred.

Updated skill set
The course will help managers to improve their personal management skills enabling them to more effectively manage and lead grounds teams, even of just one person, within a school, university, sports, or similar ground situation. With the ever increasing demands being made on budgets and time resources, getting the most from an entire team is essential if performance is to be optimised.

Five modules make up the course, with different learning times for each module, but ranging from only 20 to 40 hours:
• team motivation
• coaching skills
• encouraging new ideas
• managing meetings
• supporting team performance.
Everybody thinks about things after the event so an important part of any module is to consider, through active reflection, how you can make the most of an employer’s most valuable asset – their staff. Each module focuses on one particular aspect of effectiveness and performance.

Putting into practice
Active reflection means not just to think more deeply about the course requirements but also to record your thoughts and ideas to module. This active approach really helps to reinforce how the course ideas can be put into practice within a workplace so the grounds managers and employer are gaining an immediate benefit from the investment being made in the course.

Full expert tutor support is also provided by the GMA so the manager can discuss issues and scenarios with their assigned tutor in confidence. Another benefit of a modular approach is that it engages learners in continually developing their professional standing by contributing to a formal CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programme.

If all five modules are successfully achieved, then not only will managers gain an GMA Level 3 Certificate in Supervisory Management, but they’ll also have the opportunity of gaining the Lantra Awards Level 3 Certificate in Leading and Managing Teams in Landbased Establishments.

For more information contactlearning@iog.log or call 01908 312 511