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Scottish Apprenticeship Week – Daniel Murdoch

When Daniel Murdoch left school he decided to volunteer at two local golf courses to gain work experience before going to Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to do a full-time Greenkeeping course.

However, after being offered a Modern Apprenticeship by Minto Golf Club in the Scottish Borders, he changed course and studied for a part-time SVQ in Sports Turf Management instead.

It proved to be a good move for Daniel, 22, who was offered a job as an Assistant Greenkeeper at SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course last October.

“I decided to do the Modern Apprenticeship course rather than a full-time course as I was gaining experience whilst working, as well as undertaking the college work,” said Daniel.

“It has helped me in my career because I have gained the qualifications but have also gained valuable experience in a working environment. This has given me a far wider understanding of greenkeeping, rather than just completing a full-time course at college.”

During his time studying at SRUC’s Elmwood campus in Fife, Daniel was awarded the Best SVQ Level 2 Sportsturf Student prize.

He was also one of five finalists in the inaugural Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, which was introduced in 2016 for students aged 20 years and under to run alongside the long-standing Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award.

“I would certainly recommend doing a modern apprenticeship to others,” said Daniel. “It allows you to gain qualifications whilst getting paid and also gives you more experience in the workplace.”

To find out more about Modern Apprenticeship programmes at SRUC visit the website.

David Murdoch

Daniel with his Best SVQ Level 2 Sportsturf Student award


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