The award is part of the Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board’s (LWETB) Greenkeeping Training Course run at Naas Golf Club in Kerdiffstown, County Kildare. For a period of 48 weeks participants incorporate theory training while gaining valuable hands on practical greenkeeping experience at a number of golf courses.
The theory aspect of the course covers eight Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) modules including Establishing Turfgrass, Horticultural Science, Plant Identification Care and Maintenance, Safe Horticultural Practice and Establishing Trees and Shrubs. The successful course, which has been running for ten years, leads to a FETAC Level 4 Certification in Horticulture specialising in greenkeeping.
It provides a fantastic opportunity for aspiring greenkeepers; and opens the door to a number of options such as employment, further education or even an internship in Ohio, USA, where students have the chance to work at golf courses like Bay Hill and Pebble Beach.
Each year one of the participants is selected as the student of the year, which recognises the individual who has performed the best – both academically and practically. This year saw Shane O’Neil from Blessington pick up the award after he demonstrated great practical skills as well as receiving a distinction in all eight modules.
With the presentation taking place at the AVIVA stadium, Colman Warde, Everris’ Country Manager for Ireland presented Shane with his trophy and a One 4 All gift voucher.
Commenting on Everris’ support for the training course and the award, Colman said: “As a company we are very proud to have sponsored this award. The training course is a fantastic opportunity which helps prepare the students for a promising future in this industry.”
“It was great to present the award to Shane, who is a good example of enthusiastic, young greenkeepers. It’s refreshing to see so many students interested in this course because they are the future.”
Everris are renowned for supporting further education within the turfcare sector. It is for this reason that Aisling Mahon, Course Co-ordinator for the Naas Golf Club thought that it was a perfect partnership.
“We have a really good relationship with Everris and in particular Colman. We’ve been to all of their education days and product launches; which our students also attend because they offer invaluable advice. When Everris very kindly offered to sponsor the award I was absolutely delighted,” she said.
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