This week is Women and Girls' Golf Week
. It’s an initiative launched by England Golf and supported by all the other home unions, the R&A and all the leading bodies in golf.
The concept of the week is to promote golf as not only a fun game for all genders and ages, but also a career option for ladies in what has traditionally been a very male dominated industry.
Here at BIGGA we have very few female members, numbering around just 20 in an association of almost 6,000 greenkeepers and that’s pretty representative of the overall greenkeeping industry.
However, the ladies who do work in the profession speak of it with great affection, enjoying the lifestyle and the opportunities for career progression that it offers.
Caroline is the only greenkeeper working at the nine-hole golf club and so all the responsibilities for the preparation of the course rest on her shoulders.
Hers is a fascinating story and I hope you enjoy our conversation, recorded when I dropped in to visit Caroline a couple of months ago.
If you’d like more information about Women and Girls Golf Week, head to the England Golf website
You can also read Caroline’s story in the July edition of Greenkeeper International and on our website
BIGGA has launched an HR service, available to every greenkeeper member.
Many small businesses don’t have a dedicated HR professional as part of their staff. They’re seen as a luxury that you just can’t afford. And as such, matters such as employee handbooks, staff development and training, complaints and feedback, hiring the right individuals or overworking will be swept under the carpet and not dealt with effectively, making for a less than ideal working environment.
BIGGA has teamed up with Xact to provide every member with access to free help and advice to make your workplace a more professional and positive environment.
A team of qualified advisers will be on hand to assist BIGGA members with any HR problems that arise, with instant advice just a phone call away.
The advisors can help from the very early stages through to the conclusion of the matter and telephone and email advice is available for each case.
The helplines are available from 9 til 5 Monday to Friday.
The service is completely confidential and no contact will be made with your employer. The only things they’ll ask for when you call are your full name, your start date at your current employer and your BIGGA membership number, just to make sure that your membership is still active.
Head to the BIGGA website
to find out more.
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