A TAFE student is taking advantage of jobs growth in the greenkeeping industry, combining his passion for golf and green thumb to find a career that he loves.
Over the past five years, the number of greenkeepers grew sharply, a trend the Australian Government Job Outlook predicts will continue, with around 14,000 jobs opening nationally for greenkeepers in the years to 2023.
Samuel Rose had always had an interest in golfing and the greenkeeping industry.
With a bit of a green thumb, he decided to combine the two and pursue a career he would love.
While completing a Certificate III and IV in Sports Turf Management at TAFE NSW Ryde, Mr Rose gained employment with Atlas Golf Services, where he worked as a greenkeeper, preparing and maintaining golf courses ahead of tournaments.
"I originally chose to study greenkeeping due to the flexibility that it provides to both study and work simultaneously, as well as the networking and practical experience offered," he said.
"Using the facilities on campus I learnt a variety of skills like how to safely operate machinery, install and schedule irrigation, plant nutrition and pest monitoring, which all translated directly into my role as a greenkeeper."
Mr Rose, who is set to begin working at Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club in the Southern Highlands, Mr Rose is ready to take his career to the next level, is ready to take his career to the next level.
"I have fallen in love with the greenkeeping industry and my passion continues to drive me to reach my goals into the future," he said.