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Grounds Apprentice - Sports Turf

Brighton College
Brighton, East Sussex
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Closing date
30 Nov 2022
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Brighton College is seeking to appoint a Grounds Apprentice, to start as soon as possible. This is a fixed-term role for 24 months.

For those under 19 years of age, the salary for this role will be the apprenticeship rate of £5.50 per hour. For those over the age of 19, the salary will be the apprenticeship rate of £5.50 for the first 12 months, then the national living wage thereafter.


Purpose of the Role:

As a Brighton College Grounds Apprentice you will train to become a Groundsperson of the future. You will be part of the team responsible for the sports pitches throughout Brighton College’s campuses which include playing surfaces for rugby, cricket and football.

The apprenticeship will be completed in partnership with Keits.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake and successfully complete a Groundsperson apprenticeship qualification (exact nature of course to be determined according to the individual)
  • Maintain quality playing surfaces to enable year round use for both matches and training. This will include the safe use of a range of equipment and machinery such as mowers, scarifiers, aerators and other specialist turf care equipment. You will also use hand tools as well as pedestrian operated, ride on and tractor mounted implements.


Details of Qualification:

A Sports Turf Operative, which might also be referred to as a Groundsperson or Grounds Maintenance Operative. This occupation exists to ensure that public and private sports facilities are available for use by the public and ensures facilities are available to support the Government policy of increasing physical activity.

A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain quality playing surfaces, with the capacity to sustain play all year round.


Delivery of Classroom Teaching:

Classroom teaching will be provided by Keits. All teaching will be delivered remotely.


Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Compliance with environmental/health and safety legislation and regulations
  • Compliance with policies and procedures – company, client, health and safety risk assessments, rules of the game from the different Governing Bodies of Sport
  • The identification and correct application of materials, tools, equipment and machinery used in maintenance and renovation activities
  • Identification and understanding of different grasses, soil types, weeds, pests, diseases, turf disorders, artificial surfacing material, underlays, infill material, turf and soil reinforcement material, line marking materials
  • The principles of photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration in the growth and development of plants
  • The impact of weather, ground conditions and usage on pitch quality and playing quality
  • The different Performance Quality Standards for a range of different sports turf surfaces.
  • How to minimise waste and reduce environmental impacts
  • How to monitor, record and report basic grounds maintenance findings


Safeguarding responsibilities:

  • This role will involve daily contact with pupils and you will be engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.
  • All staff and volunteers have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.


Brighton College is one of the UK’s leading schools and the oldest public school in Sussex.

The College was recently named ‘England's School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times. The award was given on the basis of our exceptional examination results as well as our fundamental emphasis on kindness and social engagement.

The Sunday Times also named Brighton College ‘England’s Independent School of the Year 2019’, the second time in a decade the school has won this accolade. The Week magazine named Brighton College ‘Most forward-thinking school in Britain’ for two years running in 2017 and 2018. Tatler magazine awarded Richard Cairns the title of ‘Head Master of the Year 2012-13’, and Brighton College was named UK ‘Independent School of the Year 2013- 14’ at the Independent Schools Awards. The last full ISI inspection in 2015 awarded the College the top grade in every category including ‘Exceptional’ for teaching and learning.

The Brighton College family of schools also includes Brighton College Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School, St Christopher’s School and Handcross Park, educating a further 1,150 children aged 3 to 13. Overseas, the College has opened Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Brighton College Al Ain, Brighton College Dubai and Brighton College Bangkok, with Brighton College Singapore the most recent addition, having opened in September 2020.

There has also been major investment in new facilities over the last ten years. This has seen the construction of five major buildings on the main site, including the new £55m School of Science and Sport which opened in January 2020, which includes eighteen state-of-the-art laboratories alongside a new sports hall, 25-metre swimming pool, fitness centre and roof-top running track. Other recent additions include two new boarding houses, a state-of-the-art Music School and the Yeoh Building, a teaching building which includes 22 classrooms for maths, history, economics, politics and EAL, alongside an innovative Creative Learning Centre, opened in 2017.

Above all, Brighton is a very happy place where staff and pupils feel fulfilled and purposeful. We are proud to have taken a progressive stand on diversity, equality and inclusion and we are committed to furthering this agenda through our teaching, and all aspects of the life of the school. We are a member of the School Inclusion Alliance and an important aspect of our vision for education is to increase diversity among our teaching staff to enrich all aspects of the life of the College and provide diverse role models for all pupils. We pride ourselves on being a warm, inclusive and respectful community, where our staff are welcoming and positive and our pupils are intellectually curious and kind.

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01273 704386
Eastern Road
East Sussex
United Kingdom
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