As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we paid a visit to our two apprentice groundsmen at Liverpool Football Club.
Myerscough College is one of the largest providers of specialist land based Apprenticeships in the country, and supports approximately 1500 learners across more than 1000 different workplaces in a wide variety of sectors.
These range from small businesses through to global brands particularly within the Sportsturf and Amenity Horticulture sectors where Myerscough is renowned across the globe for the quality of its provision. Many ex-Apprentices and other Myerscough learners have gone on to secure some of the top jobs within industry, a great testament to the quality of training the College provides.
The Anfield visit was a chance to meet James and Robert, who are both undertaking an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in Sportsturf, assisting in maintaining the playing surfaces at the club.
Both shared their reasons for choosing Apprenticeships and gave their advice to others considering Apprenticeships as a career choice.
James Sullivan, works mainly at the Melwood training complex said; “I work as part of a team of seven groundstaff and the job is really varied. I am now coming to the end of my Level 2 Apprenticeship in Sportsturf and I have so far enjoyed every minute of it.
‘’There is much more science involved that I first thought and the job is a lot more technical than people think. To think I play a part in preparing the surface for the team is a great honor. I would definitely recommend Apprenticeships to other young people looking at a career in groundsmanship. It’s fantastic that Liverpool Football Club have given me this opportunity.”
Robert McTigue, who has just started his Apprenticeship in Sportsturf said; “I initially applied two years ago but was unsuccessful. I knew it was what I wanted to do so eventually after contacting the club again and doing a period of voluntary work the club has now taken me on as an apprentice.
‘’My advice to others is simple; to just keep trying and eventually you will get an opportunity. I am looking forward to my studies and to becoming a qualified member of the team, and to progress at the Club.”
Myerscough College’s Employer Services Manager Lee Price explains the ethos behind Apprenticeships and the relationship with Liverpool F.C. saying; “The College has a long standing relationship with Liverpool Football Club and has trained a large number of their team in NVQ’s, Apprenticeships and industry training programmes.
‘’It’s great that the club has invested in the future of two local young people and allowed them to take the first steps onto the career ladder with the club. I have no doubt that both James and Robert have a great opportunity within the sector.”
For more information on the Apprenticeship and other education programmes at Myerscough College please contact Employer Services on 01995 642255 or email@example.com
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by Dave Salmon