True Fit Golf Ltd is located next to Fiddler’s Ferry on the Warrington / Widnes border. Established in 1985, the company has continued to grow, boasting an 18 hole golf course, specialist superstore, 22 bay driving range, as well as providing PGA coaching.
As a result of their growth and expansion, True Fit Golf in conjunction with Warrington & Co. have recruited their first Groundskeeper Apprentice via the Linking the Locks scheme.
Elaine Overton, Company Secretary, says “When we were approached by Warrington & Co. regarding the Linking the Locks project, we immediately saw an opportunity to strengthen our current Facilities Maintenance Team by offering an opportunity for someone local to join our company as a Groundskeeper Apprentice. We are a family business and we were keen to take on someone to grow with us as our company continues to develop.
“We have never had an Apprentice before so it was something of an unknown territory for us. Warrington & Co. have been there every step of the way; they were able to source a suitable training provider, Myerscough College, and assisted with the entire recruitment process – even arranging and attending our interviews.
Our first Apprentice, Josh, is now in post and has quickly settled into the team.”
Joshua Rivers from Widnes applied for the position via Myerscough College. Having completed his GCSE’s in 2014, he was looking for an opportunity to kick-start his professional Greenskeeper career. On joining True Fit Golf in June, Joshua says “I’m really enjoying my role here. I prefer to learn whilst on the job so an Apprenticeship was ideal for me as I get hands-on experience. In the future I hope to eventually have my own professional Greenskeeper business.”
Linking the Locks is a joint project between Warrington BC and Halton BC with specialist input from the Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS). Funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, the project supports businesses and organisations located along the route of the Sankey Canal providing a package that includes:
+ Financial Support with Apprentice Wage Costs
Allowing businesses to pay at least National Minimum Wage to their Apprentices, improving retention, long-term development and attracting the best candidates
+ FREE support with Recruitment
Including advertising, pre-screening and ongoing support once the Apprentice is in post
+ Accessing wider business support from local partners
Additional training/development needs are met using local b2b referrals, accessing relevant funding support wherever applicable
As a result of the financial support on offer, and the successful recruitment of Joshua, True Fit Golf are also strengthening their Retail function through the recruitment of a Retail Apprentice for their specialist Golf superstore.
For further information about the Linking the Locks project, contact:
Business Development & Marketing Officer
Tel: 01925 444009