Education Update

Licensed to skill
From September 2004 businesses across more than a third of England will be able to benefit from the groundbreaking Employer Training Pilots (ETPs); which offer a flexible and managed route to training staff. Operated by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC); the pilots were launched in September 2002 initially in six local LSC areas. Due to the success of the approach, an additional 12 areas have been added.
Leicestershire LSC was one of the first of the 12 areas in the country to offer the ETP programme to employers.
Business advisors from Skills at Work, the Leicestershire ETP, are working with more than 600 companies in the County to encourage them to improve the skills of their workforce.
“It’s our job to look at a particular sector like Golf Clubs and find the training courses, such as greenkeeping or catering, which would be useful to people working in this area. Our local colleges and training providers have been helping me to identify some potential training. I will be going out and talking to Leicestershire golf clubs to see how they might take advantage of these training opportunities,“ said Louise Wright, a Programme Adviser with Skills at Work.
The pilots offer organisations sector specific free or subsidised training tailored to meet the needs of the business as well as improve the skills of the individual. The training, which can be carried out on-site to suit the businesses operational needs, will also help improve essential skills such as literacy and numeracy and could even lead to a National Vocational Qualification to Level 2 (equivalent to five good GCSEs).
The possibility of the pilots being made available nationally is being considered by Charles Clarke, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, who said at the Skills Strategy One Year On event held on July 7, “We will draw on the principles of these pilots and their evaluation as we decide the form of any national programme to support employer training and as from 2006/07 mainstream funds for adult training increasingly reflect this way of working.”
How do Employer Training Pilots work?
Step 1 Contact your local LSC to find out more about the ETP in your area.
Step 2 A business advisor will work with you to identify where low skills hamper productivity and performance.
Step 3 Low skilled or poorly qualified employees, eligible for support and training, will be identified.
Step 4 The advisor will help assess individual skills needs and develop a training plan.
Step 5 A training provider will be funded to deliver the training in the workplace.
Step 6 Employees are trained during normal working hours and the LSC refunds all or some of the wage costs.

Employer Training Pilots are currently available in these areas:
Berkshire 0845 019 4147
Birmingham and Solihull 0845 019 4143
Black Country 0845 019 4186
Cambridgeshire 0845 019 4165
Derbyshire 0845 019 4183
Devon and Cornwall 0845 019 4155
Essex 0845 0194179
Greater Manchester 0845 019 4142
Kent and Medway 01732 876886
Lancashire 0845 019 4157
London East 0845 019 4151
North East Region 0800 083 3312
Shropshire 0845 019 4190
South Yorkshire 0845 019 4171
Tyne and Wear 0191 492 6390
West Yorkshire 0845 019 4169
Wiltshire and Swindon 0845 019 4176

Regional Training Courses
Details of the autumn/winter series of training courses were included with the August Edition of Greenkeeper International. Places on these Education and Development Fund subsidised courses are going fast, despite the fact that some members did not receive the insert.

Regional Courses with places available are:

Presentation Skills and Powerpoint 29&29 October Ross on Wye Golf Club

Budgets and Finance 28&29 October East Kilbride Golf Club

Essential Management Skills 9&10 October Ross on Wye Golf Club

Communication Skills 17&18 November Cleethorpes Golf Club

Management Skills for HG/CM 22&23 November Old Fold Manor Golf Club

Next Steps in Management Skills 25&26 November Dunham Forest Golf Club

Negotiating Skills 30 November Exeter Golf Club

Each two day course costs BIGGA members £99 plus VAT (£116.33) and each one day course costs £49 plus VAT (£57.58). However non-members pay £200 (£235) for two days and £150 (£176.25) for one day, which reflects the massive subsidy from the BIGGA Education and Development Fund. Attending just one, one-day, course saves the greenkeeper membership fee and attending a two day course saves the course manager membership fee.
For further details of all courses or to book your place contact Sami at BIGGA HOUSE.

Continue to Learn 2005
The Continue to Learn programme for BTME&ClubHouse 2005 is almost ready to be printed. Watch out for your copy in the October edition of Greenkeeper International.
The extended education and training programme includes five workshops that cover: Irrigation, Soils and Water, Golf Course Design, Tournament Preparation and Effective Communication and Negotiation. The Seminar programme includes a wide range of topics for greenkeepers, groundsmen, club officials, managers and secretaries. All seminar sessions will be held in Hall D of the Harrogate International Centre.