The PGA has launched a fresh recruitment campaign to find and inspire the next generation of PGA Professionals. The campaign – #PGADraft2021 – calls on the experiences of its Members to help bring to life the huge array of career options available through a career with The PGA.
In addition to coaching and management roles, PGA Members are able to pursue a wealth of rewarding careers both at home and abroad. Examples include running a retail and custom fitting operation, or launching a successful online coaching platform.
PGA Professionals are employed in more than 80 countries and #PGADraft2021 talks to those working around the world in areas including coaching, administration, retail and management.
Members interviewed this year include PGA Captain Elect Sarah Bennett, highly respected performance coach Dr Nicky Lumb, content creator/YouTube star Chris Ryan and junior coach Darren Griffiths, who is based in the Algarve, Portugal.
Closer to home, the campaign explores the career paths of head professionals, club managers and even golf club owners.
Despite the broad spectrum of roles their PGA qualifications have led to, all of them have three things in common. One is the letters PGA after their names – a trio of letters representing a universally recognised qualification that is respected and valued the world over; another is completion of the training programme that set them on their career path.
And, importantly, all were mentored or received guidance from qualified PGA Professionals while training.
Dr Paul Wiseman, PGA Executive Director – Education, added: “The training programme we deliver is recognised globally as world-leading and is the foundation upon which The PGA is built.
“It has been developed over the last 50 years to become a sophisticated education programme delivered in partnership with two leading universities plus tutors and coaches who are experts in their field.
“Having worked in education for over 30 years, I can vouch for the quality and uniqueness of the training programme.”
The PGA offers three routes to qualification: a Foundation Degree in Professional Golf and Applied Golf Management Studies, both in association with the University of Birmingham, and the Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Golf in association with the University of the Highlands and Islands.
The next intake for all three courses will be in October 2021 and applications are open now.
CLICK HERE to view profiles of all PGA Professionals currently involved in the campaign.