New Year, New You

We have all been there: working in grounds and contemplating starting a qualification is a daunting thought. But when you’re thinking about those New Year’s resolutions, at home and at work, further education should be top of the list as you set out on a new season, plan renovations or prepare for a new maintenance programme. Do you, or your team, often think about looking into some options on training or qualifications? Well, now is the time to act!

Whether you are thinking of a formal qualification at a land-based college, or an online route through the GMA, we can help advise you on the best route to take through our new Training Needs Analysis service for the team. Alternatively, you may want to discuss your personal training needs informally. Pick up the phone and speak to one of the team now on 01908 312511.

As GMA head of member services, I definitely fall into the category of “there is never a great time to start” but also realise that there is no time like the present. The GMA’s qualifications cater for all levels of groundsmanship so there’s plenty to choose from: 

Level 2 / Suitable for those entering the industry, or those with plenty of experience but no formal qualification. The eight modules include: soils, fertilisers and nutrients, plant classification and identification, grasses and seeds, weeds, pests and diseases, turf and turf grass maintenance activities, and health and safety.

Level 3 and 4 / Progressing up the ladder or looking for that opportunity to do so? These qualifications will suit your needs and increase your knowledge and employability by giving you in-depth technical knowledge, optimising resource use, saving money and understanding wider management requirements.

Level 5 / Earn the recognition you deserve. This qualification will suit the experienced manager and allow you to prove your technical knowledge both on and off the pitch by helping you to manage projects effectively, improve risk management and increase your knowledge of natural turf grass and
non-turf developments.

Level 6 / Years of experience to share? Knowledge to increase others’ confidence in maintaining surfaces? This qualification will enable you to put together a comprehensive advisory report, drawing on your own experience and knowledge. It will help you better engage with external consultants, provide consultancy services to others and contribute to raising industry standards.

So, now is the time. What will 2018 hold for you?

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