Education has to be the key to all associations and indeed greenkeepers in achieving the highest level of professionalism within our industry and therefore greater recognition within the game of golf. FEGGA’s role with formal education has been to set the standards and have recently launched an initiative to create Pan European Standards, leading to the launch of Greenkeeper Training Europe. Greenkeeper Training Europe has now produced standards on 3 levels and will through its work be able to assist Countries with guidance on all aspects of formal greenkeeping education. Continuous learning is a very important part of day to day learning and FEGGA provides support in this area through advice and also its Roadshow events that have now been operated in some 14 Countries over the past eight years. FEGGA also has a speaker bank that offers its Members Associations contact with a range of speaker’s world-wide covering industry learning presentations.
Greenkeeping Training Europe
Greenkeeping Training Europe will serve the purpose of bringing together European Greenkeeping Education Programmes under the same quality standards of competences. Greenkeeping Training Europe will be an independent Unit composed of representatives from respected educational institutes and administrators from within the greenkeeping sector. Their position has to be seen as independent from their individual countries and is based upon their educational expertise. Read more in the Greenkeeper Training Europe Strategy Read more in Greenkeeper Training Europe Standards below:
Following on from the success of the EU Green-e project, a second EU project Green QAmpus is now underway. The purpose of this project is to contribute to an agenda by design, test and implementation of a Quality Assurance framework monitored by Greenkeeper Training Europe, formerly the European Golf Education Unit (EGEU). This will ensure standardisation of golf education, enhance the employability of individuals and provide global recognition of qualifications. This project addresses general objectives of Vocational Education and Training, focusing on operational objectives to improve quality, transparency and recognition of qualifications and increase volume of co-operation between organisations providing learning.
The Green QAmpus project includes 7 partners from 4 European countries, these being:
* Benesov College, Czech Republic
* Czech Greenkeepers Association
* Kainuu College, Finland
* Luua Vocational Training Centre, Estonia
* SRUC Elmwood Campus, Scotland
* Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association
* Greenkeeper Training – Europe
This experienced group will make a significant contribution to Vocational Education Training systems in the partner countries by building upon good work done in the previous Green-e project. The results of this project will be based on research methodology, reporting, collection of data, development and testing, training, analyzing and validation of results and dissemination. Through the project, a robust Quality Assurance framework, will be adapted to suit the Ministry requirements of each country. This will be offered to new and existing staff within the Golf industry in order to enhance the work in the sector and help them to gain recognised qualifications within the European community. Following on from the previous project, the work will have a major impact on the Vocational Education Training programs in each partner country. The implementation of a homogeneous Quality Assurance framework, monitored and supported by GT-E/ FEGGA shall ensure future knowledge, and qualifications are accepted across Europe.
Materials, including the Project brochure, flowchart poster, and video can be downloaded below:
- Curtis Tyrell filming preparations for the Open Championship from a Greenkeeping perspective and interviewed staff while filming the links.
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