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New assessor for groundwork apprenticeship standard

24 July 2018

Following the launch of the Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship Standard, Lantra has been confirmed as the end point assessment organisation (EPOA).

The standard has been developed by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and a large employer group.

According to the IOG statement, more than 50 apprentices are currently involved in the scheme, described as a "high quality standard".

IOG learning programme architect Chris Gray said the sustained work completed by the organisation to establish the scheme "has included advocating for a solution as well as making representation to government and key stakeholders".

He further stated that "the initiative of Lantra becoming the government-approved EPAO for the standard is welcomed.

"The development provides further reassurance to the industry that we are on a sound footing to raising standards within our industry and further promoting this as a sustainable career for many," said Mr Gray.

IOG chief executive Geoff Webb said the announcement complemented the development of a "national natural turf Pitch Grading Framework, which charts how grounds personnel can progress from volunteer to professional level".

This could be achieved through linking the standards or surfaces to the skills required, using mix of learning techniques to ensure surfaces reached optimum levels, he said.

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