The Groundsman

February 2013

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COMMENT the Groundsman February 2013 3 Grow with the IOG I Contributors n last month's column I introduced the concept of Ground Grading, and this subject seems to have struck a chord with many – so thank you to those of you who have responded and we will continue to evolve our thinking in this area. This month I turn to training and education. The past six years has seen the IOG evolve and extend its training and education portfolio, a summary of which was highlighted by our head of professional services, Ian Lacy, in the 'IOG training at a glance' feature, published in the January edition of the Groundsman (page 20). The IOG, and those who deliver our training and education courses, now have an enviable reputation – backed up by regular inspections and quality assurance " Colin Hoskins Colin has spent all his working life in journalism, for the past eight years or so being heavily involved in the groundscare industry and, more recently, as Managing Editor of The Groundsman meeting, interviewing and reporting on groundstaff issues the world over Gary Armstrong Gary Armstrong has been involved in the groundscare industry for more than 30 years, and has most recently held the position of sport turf lecturer at Warwickshire College. He is currently an IOG assessor and trainer and also works as an NPCT assessor. " We offer a mixture of bespoke, vocational, non-vocational, online learning and courses for Sports' National Governing Bodies. Our educational qualifications are accredited by awarding bodies City and Guilds and we are now increasingly exporting our training, through iCampus to a global audience. The IOG, and those who deliver our training and education, now have an enviable reputation – backed up by regular inspections and quality assurance. In fact we currently manage more than 70 people who use our on-line learning, 20 apprentices (see page 28), five work-based students and 16 Level 1 horticulture-based students enrolled on our courses. In 2012 alone, the IOG trained more than 1,000 people on our short courses, and managed 80 students on Level 2 and Level 3 courses. I believe however, that much of the success of the evolution of our training and education programme rests with the staff at the IOG and the dedicated approach of those who work behind the scenes to support the work that we do in this area. To help support this work, the IOG has established a training and education group specifically to look at how we best support and manage our education programme going forwards. One particular person however, stands out as someone who, for the past six years, has been a tremendous ambassador for the IOG and really has set in place and moved forward our training and education programme, and that's Ian Lacy. Now that Ian is moving on to a new role with Everris, I personally want to thank him for his tremendous contribution to the IOG and his role in developing our strong reputation in the industry. Ian leaves the IOG in an extremely strong position and we will look at how this role is best replaced over the coming months, but one thing is for certain: the IOG will continue to invest in training and education and offer support for those wishing to progress in this dynamic industry. Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, Institute of Groundsmanship Visit for more information and digital editions

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