Training usually forms an important element of the overall consultancy service as the proposals for improving the course are best understood when underpinned by the explanation of when, why, and how the various operations should be implemented.
Our training days are custom designed to address the needs of the staff and enhance their existing knowledge. Training can range from management training for Course Managers/Head Greenkeepers on an individual basis, to our most pouplar form of training for the whole greenkeeping team in a training workshop. This typically includes an indoor PowerPoint presentation and interactice workshop, plus an outdoor session looking at specific issues on the golf course. (eg. Fine turf management, soil conditions, course set-up, etc).
"I believe that On-Site training can be the most cost effective form of training available, especially when addressing issues that relate to the candidates course itself. I have put together customised training days for lots of greenkeeping teams, covering a range of topics that they find interesting and always like to get involved with and discuss. At Mid Kent Golf Club, the training day was part funded by a Train-to-Gain grant, and attendance certificates were presented to all of the staff " Peter Jones.
Peter Jones has written numerous articles for turf publications, has lectured at BIGGA national & regional conferences, and sat on the sports turf advisory panels at Otley, Merrist Wood, and The Warwickshire colleges.
He is often invited to lecture to greenkeeper and has lectured on agronomy & greenkeeping topics in Europe at National Greenkeeper Association conferences in:
- BTME UK , FEGGA, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Norwegian Greenkeepers in Portugal, Iceland, Slovenia, Belgium, & Czech Republic .
At a higher level, Peter lectured on a part time basis on the MSc degree course at Cranfield University– (specialising in the Mechanisation and Construction modules), and at the Buckinghamshire New University to Construction/Management students on the National Certificate of Club Management course. (In conjunction with GCMA).
Peter attained industry B.Tech qualifications as an NVQ Assessor (D32/33), Advisor (D36), and an Internal Verifier (D34) whilst assisting the Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) as a liaison officer in the '90's. He was responsible for monitoring the training progress of 30 Modern Apprentices, and taught on a part time basis at Moulton College, Merrist Wood College and Nescot College.