The completion of the Australian Golf Center in Sandringham and the relocation of PGA administrative staff to the heart of the Melbourne Sandbelt paved the way for an expansion of the PGA educational infrastructure already in place at the Sandhurst Club alongside its two championship golf courses.
To work in conjunction with the PGA Membership Pathway program, the Accreditation and Continuing Education program, and the PGA’s accredited training body – the PGA International Golf Institute, the PGA Golf Learning Hub will serve as a career entry point. in golf and where the existing workforce can improve their skills and education.
The PGA Golf Learning Hub will be the world’s premier golf industry education center to meet the workforce development needs of the Australian and global golf industries, said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of PGA of Australia.
“The Hub aims to provide career paths for the current and future golf industry workforce by enhancing the industry’s relevant knowledge, skills and competencies.” – Gavin Kirkman.
“The PGA Golf Learning Hub will provide training and education programs and qualifications to all pillars of the golf industry, including the areas of coaching, small businesses, facilities management, turf, tourism, events and hotel management.
“The Hub aims to provide career paths for the current and future golf industry workforce by enhancing the industry’s relevant knowledge, skills and competencies.”
Working in partnership with the Holmesglen Institute and with financial support from the Victorian Government and Frankston City Council, the first cohort of students will be welcomed in the first semester of 2022 and will have the opportunity to explore a range of topics related to a future career. at golf.
Tourism, Sports and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula said the Victorian government investment will support job growth in the state.
“The Hub will be a real asset to the game and make Victoria a key destination for those seeking world-class education and training in the golf industry,” said Mr. Pakula.
“Golf is a major employer in Victoria and initiatives like this will ensure the next generation is well trained and ready to go. “
Kirkman said the Holmesglen Institute has demonstrated over the past 40 years its ability to offer a wide range of professional and higher learning programs.
“We are delighted that their abilities complement the expertise of the PGA Education team,” said Kirkman.
“We are also grateful to Frankston City Council for their support in renovating our existing facility in Sandhurst into a single facility tailored to the goal of providing highly skilled people to the Australian golf industry. “
Frankston City Council will contribute $ 60,000 to the project, with Mayor Kris Bolam highlighting the benefits the golf industry offers to all Australians.
“The town of Frankston has eight golf courses and we look forward to the great opportunities that the PGA Golf Learning Hub will offer residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bolam, adding that staying fit, healthy and active had a beneficial effect on our senses. of physical and mental well-being.
Deputy Mayor Nathan Conroy said this exciting initiative will make Frankston a key destination for golf industry training and education programs nationally and internationally.
“In addition to bringing new people and students to the area, the PGA Golf Learning Hub will be accessible to residents of the Municipality of Frankston for enrollment in training and education programs based on the golf industry.” , said Mr. Conroy.
There are currently more than 24,000 people employed in the golf industry in Australia, whose 2017 Community Impact Study commissioned by the Australian Golf Industry Council estimated the economy to be $ 3.6 billion. Australian.
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