The College regularly works with employers to deliver bespoke
elements to the training. Of course, subjects include construction
and engineering, but others include hairdressing, the creative
industries, early years, business administration and IT and
The College's countryside Kirkley Hall campus, located in
Ponteland, just outside of Newcastle offers dedicated facilities
for apprenticeships within the land-based sector including
agriculture, arboriculture, environmental conservation and
landscape gardening and horticulture.
20-year-old Ryan Martin, a previous Northumberland College Level
2 Horticulture Apprentice from Ashington, is just one example of
someone who has benefited greatly from the opportunities an
Apprenticeship can lead to.
After completing his Apprenticeship with Longhirst Golf Club as
a greenkeeper, whilst attending Northumberland College's Kirkley
Hall Campus weekly, Ryan secured a once in a lifetime placement to
Australia through the The Ohio Program - an International Exchange
Program of The Ohio State University specializing in Internships
for Horticulture, Agriculture and Turf Grass.
The program, which is based in the United States but offers
Internships around the world is for up and coming greenkeepers,
aged between 19 to 28, who have a clean licence, no criminal record
and the Apprenticeship qualification.
Ryan said: "This is an excellent opportunity and I am thrilled
to have been selected. The experience which I have gained
throughout my Apprenticeship has proved to be life changing. I fly
out in September and will be carrying out all aspects of the job,
gaining valuable experience which will enhance my skills and
"Carrying out my training at Longhirst Golf Club has allowed me
to put into practice all of the theory I have learned from College,
including the importance of maintaining a consistent, playable
"I've helped the team renovate a lake, dug foundations for the
club's new driving range and golf academy as well as helping to
prepare the course for two PGA Euro Pro Tour events, so feel very
prepared for this journey."
Successful applicants have the chance to apply for other
placements in different countries too once they have successfully
completed their first six-month placement.
Northumberland College's Horticulture Apprenticeship Assessor,
Lee McNulty said: "This is a great chance for Ryan who needs to
work hard and gain as much experience as possible working on the
different golf courses, different climates and with different
"This opportunity just shows what is out there for young people
who take an Apprenticeship route. We wish Ryan all the best on his
new journey and can't wait to hear about what he gets up too."
If you are interested in doing an Apprenticeship Northumberland
College please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk/apprenticeships.
To find out more about how an apprentice could benefit your
company please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk/employers