The Groundsman

October 2013

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16 GET INTO GROUNDS the Groundsman October 2013 Celebrating IOG graduates' success At SALTEX this year, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) staged its first Graduate Ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the success of graduates from its work-based and online qualifications. Karen Maxwell looks at the opportunities these newly-acquired qualifications offer By: Karen Maxwell Rob Bradshaw (centre) received his certificate from Chris Gray (left) and Geoff Webb (right) I t was an uplifting occasion. On the last day of SALTEX, six young, and one older graduate received their IOG Certificates of Recognition after the open panel training debate, within which Hurlingham Club's head groundsmen Peter Craig and his assistant Neil Harvey discussed the issues and opportunities that surround quality training in the groundscare sector - with the IOG's head of education Chris Gray and IOG regional advisor Allan Moore. Some of the graduates arrived with their employers, other with their parents – all we're rightly proud of their achievements. True commitment A total of 26 graduates have recently completed their Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications and met the standards set by City & Guilds, their assessor and internal and external verification. All were invited to the event, but of course early September is a busy time for groundsmen so some were honoured but unable to attend. These included: Thomas Allan, Thomas Allcut, Jack Bartlett, Dean Bryce, Harry Butler, Perry Carr, Tom DeVos, Anson Downham, Jake Fox, David Hardy, Gary Lee, Sean Knapp, Daniel Sanders, Jack Wakefield, Mark Visit for more information and digital editions Jones, Stephen Waters, Neil Stripp, Ricky Doust and Sean Caulwell. Those who picked up their IOG certificates at the event included: • Will Graves - Merchant Taylors School (QCF Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Horticulture (Groundsmanship) •Tim Wilcox - Poplar - HARCA (QCF Level 2 Diploma in Sports and Amenity Turf Maintenance) • Lee De Grammont - Trinity Hall, Cambridge (QCF Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture) • Jason Kettle – Merchant Taylors' School (QCF Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Horticulture • Chris Stevens - the Hurlingham Club (Level 3 Advanced National Certificate in Sports & Amenity) • Kevin Nichols – Kings College School, Wimbledon (QCF Level 3 Diploma in Sports and Amenity Turf Maintenance) • Rob Bradshaw - Huntingdon District Council (QCF Level 2 Diploma in Sports and Amenity Turf Maintenance) Getting started Many of the graduates embarked on their work-based qualifications from different pathways. Lee De Grammont says he happened to be in the right place at the right time. "After sending out loads of CVs for apprenticeships, I was offered a carpentry apprenticeship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, although I quickly realised that I was more interested in grounds maintenance. I knew I needed the expertise, so I researched into relevant training, found the IOG courses and asked the college to fund me." Having completed his QCF Level 3 in just one year, he's encouraged his other team members to embark on training too.

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