The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has been working with the both Federal and State and Territory Governments at length over the past few months, highlighting the critical work that Sports Turf Managers undertake, the value they contribute to the entire Sport & Recreation industry, and also continue to discuss our concerns relating to the worrying skills shortage current and forecasted across our industry, in addition to continuing to discuss employment conditions, wages and recognition.
In parallel with our discussions on skills shortages across our industry with State and Territory governments, is work relating to the level of opportunities and barriers to the uptake of apprenticeships in a number of primary industries across Agriculture and Horticulture, including Sports Turf Management, Racing, Conservation and Land Management, and Environmental Management.
This work has focussed on the promotion of Sports Turf Management as a viable career choice, in addition to the active promotion of the industry into high schools, vocational careers and mature aged apprentices seeking to establish a career.
One State department that has picked up the need quickly, and identified the ability to work with the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association to educate and promote Sports Turf Management as a career, is the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner (OVSC).
The Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner works with employers, industry peak bodies and government to align training and advocacy with the needs of the industry, ensuring the training requirements of students and employers are met, and that skills outcomes support the Government’s objectives for skills requirements, productivity and future growth.
Together, the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner and the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association set about developing a program of work to assist in establishing and growing pathways to ensure that the available options were supported for people to enter sports turf management training and apprenticeships, and then transition from training into work within Victoria.
As a significant amount of initiatives are underway with a number of State and Federal Government departments, we have been working with the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner on developing the first item designed to support the turf management industry and enhance the advocacy of the trade to potential apprentices and career development officers.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the first of these initiatives to promote Sports Turf Management as a career, with the release of an advocacy video that will be supported by additional work with schools, career and workplace advisors and vocational career agencies in the weeks ahead.
Featuring a number of Sports Turf Managers in a wide range of facilities, the advocacy video highlights the benefits of choosing Sports Turf Management as a Trade career, the great work opportunities available, and illustrates the similarities across the industry and professional Sports Turf Managers.
The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association will continue its advocacy work for the industry with government departments across Sport & Recreation, Education, Skills Commissions and our work on Government Advisory Groups and Panels in each State, with further videos, advocacy work and career initiatives to be rolled out over the weeks and months ahead.