Ransomes Jacobsen - The Key to Knowledge

Since its formation in 1987, BIGGA has always placed the Education and Training of its members as its highest priority. As the range of further and higher education courses has increased, many more greenkeepers have wanted to improve their knowledge and, therefore, their ability to produce the playing surfaces required in an increasingly competitive market. Higher education does not come cheap and most greenkeepers would struggle to find the fees demanded by colleges.

BIGGA has, for several years, helped greenkeepers to pay for education and training through its Refund of Fees Scheme which is supported by its Education and Development Fund, which, in turn, is funded by contributions from its Golden and Silver Key Members. However, refunds from this scheme are limited to £250, far below the costs of most Higher Education courses. Now, thanks to generous support from Ransomes/Jacobsen, BIGGA is able to offer BIGGA/Ransomes Jacobsen Scholarship Awards to its members. Scholarships are awarded to BIGGA members who are on or about to start a course of Higher Education ie N/SVQ Level 4, Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, First Degree and Masters Degree. The amount awarded depends on individual need but usually meets half the cost of the course.

'At Ransomes Jacobsen, we are committed to the future of our business and the industry as a whole. By setting up this new scholarship scheme with BIGGA, we can help existing greenkeepers continue to learn, carry out research and obtain recognised qualifications,' said Ransomes Jacobsen Managing Director, Steve Chicken.

'We are also hoping that by offering to assist with further education costs, we can attract more students into the business and in the long term raise the profile of greenkeeping as an exciting and interesting career choice,' he added.

The first scholarships, totalling over £8000 have been awarded but Ransomes/Jacobsen have provided further funding for 2003 and 2004. Application forms for Higher Education Scholarships are available from BIGGA HOUSE.

Look in the January 2003 issue of Greenkeeper International to see who the Scholarship winners are...