Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI)


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Applications for FTMI Class of 2022 open 1st June 2022

Jacobsen and BIGGA recognise the importance of preparing greenkeepers to take on the role of Head Greenkeeper or Course Manager. The Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) has been designed to provide practical tools and guidance, to help candidates to pursue their career aspirations through this professional development conference.

Working with professional trainers, mentors, Jacobsen and BIGGA staff, the candidates will leave FTMI with a clear understanding of what the future holds and a realistic overview of the expectations that come with the role of Manager.

The FTMI takes place at Ransomes Jacobsen's headquarters in Ipswich, online education sessions and two days of education at BTME, January 2023. It is an intensive training programmed covering;

  • Presentation Skills
  • Communications
  • Presenting a Professional Image
  • Interview Techniques
  • Successful CV’s
  • Stress Awareness
  • Building a Budget
  • Becoming a Leader

Who’s it for?

This event is aimed at up and coming greenkeepers who want to make the leap to Course Manager. Focusing on personal and professional development, rather than agronomy based subjects, the FTMI programme utilises the expertise of leading Course Managers, dynamic trainers and industry experts, to mentor and educate the next generation of industry leaders.

International BIGGA members may apply, but should note that they will be expected to meet their own travel expenses.

When is it taking place?

The new FTMI programme is a hybrid event, combing in-person and online training. Before applying, please make sure that you are able to attend the dates specified:

In-person: Tuesday 27 - Wednesday 28 September - Jacobsen HQ, Ipswich

On-line: October, November and Deceber - dates to be confirmed, it is anticipated that there will be two, two hour online sessions in each month

In-person: Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 January 2023 - Harrogate Convention Centre

Jacobsen will cover all accommodation costs for both  in-person events and wil contribute towards travel expenses.

What are the judges looking for?

The ideal candidate will show initiative, dedication to greenkeeping, a genuine interest in the industry and be actively involved in education at both a regional and national level. They will have worked as a greenkeeper for a minimum of three years and will hold their Level 2 qualification. A nominator will be required to validate each application.

Please note, FTMI is open to BIGGA members who are not yet Course Managers or Head Greenkeepers, but aim to progress to this level and beyond.

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Everything I have learnt at FTMI will be well used during my career as a Golf Course Manager!

Ross Ovens

FTMI Class of 2013

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There are so many plus points for this initiative. It is a must for anyone wanting to progess their career in the turfgrass industry. Awesome!

Richard Jenkinson

FTMI Class of 2014

You will be taken out of your comfort zone under the guidance of some of the leading professionals in the greenkeeping and golf industry today. An amazing experience!

Adam Harrison

FTMI Class of 2015

The FTMI program is the best thing you will ever do to further your career into golf course management.

Craig Betts

FTMI Class of 2017


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