Promote Golf, the leading golf consultancy, marketing support and training provider, have teamed up with the Southampton-based LSS Group to offer UK Golf Club’s a fully-funded staffing solution for when furlough support ends in 2021.
The new initiative offers six-month work placements at UK golf clubs, with 100% of salary, uniform and training costs funded through the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ initiative. LSS Group then provide ‘Future Employability Support’ to help participants find sustained employment once they have completed the Kickstart scheme.
The scheme is being managed by LSS Group’s Senior Case Manager, Richard Pilbury, a former golf club general manager with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Using both his know how of managing clubs, and the resources of the LSS Group (a DWP-approved Kickstart Gateway), Richard will manage the entire funding application process on behalf of the club.
As part of the funding, successful candidates will also have access to a broad range of online courses offered by Promote Golf, covering topics such as customer service and health & safety. For greenkeeping-based positions, they will also be offering their new range of module-level courses encompassing turfgrass fundamentals through to identification of turf diseases.
Talking of the new partnership, David Reeves of Promote Golf said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with LSS Group and Richard on this new opportunity for the UK golf industry, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. With furlough support expected to end in April 2021, this funding will certainly help many clubs to compliment staffing levels as we recover from the Coronoavirus pandemic, at the same time providing young people with valuable work experience, improving their skill set and future employability.”
Richard Pilbury of LSS Group continued: “Golf clubs need to fully utilise the various government employment initiatives that are in place. Kickstart is one such initiative that, from my experience of managing golf clubs, is almost tailor made for the industry. Historically, I think the administrative burden of applying for funding has always been difficult for golf clubs. This partnership overcomes this obstacle as we take on the application process on behalf of the club.”
The funding application process is starting in January, with successful clubs expected to be able to start recruitment from March/April.
For more information visit http://www.promotegolf.co.uk/kickstart