Talented candidates who successfully graduate from UK universities and colleges now have an exciting new pathway to a career in the global golf industry.
Supported by the GCMA, the new Graduate Programme from recruitment specialists Colt Mackenzie McNair (CMM), is the first of its kind in the UK and provides a bespoke service for the brightest new talent.
Our new professional graduate programme will enable us to increase the amount of highly-qualified individuals entering the UK golf industry each year. Early responses from the industry have been overwhelmingly positive, and we expect it to become a key part of the recruitment process for many UK employers.
Richard Wood, Director of Colt Mackenzie McNair
CMM’s specialist consultants have built relationships with all of the recognised educational establishments which offer specialist degree courses designed to prepare graduates for a career in the golf industry.
The initiative, which is free for both graduates and employers, offers the industry’s future stars an opportunity to find their ideal first placement within many different sectors. This will include golf management & operations; sales, digital marketing; turfcare; hospitality & events; manufacturing; coaching and retail.
Potential employers can use the CMM Graduate Programme to access the best talent for their graduate positions, internships, student placements and work experience staff, with the ability to access the alumni talent pool who already have industry experience.
CMM’s objective is simple: we want to establish the golf industry as a career destination of choice for high-calibre graduates. So if you are an employer seeking to bring new talent into your organisation, our Graduate Programme represents a wonderful opportunity for you to access a pool of bright young people who could transform your business.
If you will soon be graduating or have recently graduated, the CMM Graduate Programme aims to support your journey into the golf industry, giving you a variety of career opportunities and advice.
Adam Keable, Programme Director at Colt Mackenzie McNair
Many of the industry’s leading companies and trade associations have already given the CMM Graduate Programme their support, including Topgolf, BIGGA, CMAE, England Golf, Trump International, BGL Golf, Crown Golf and Your Golf Travel.
CMM has partnered with core universities and colleges across the UK such as the University of Birmingham, Bournemouth University, Myerscough College (Preston), the University of the Highlands & Islands, Bucks New University and Merrist Wood College – all of which offer golf-related degree courses. The CMM Graduate Programme also looks to attract skilled individuals from wider university courses ensuring that a rich and diverse talent pool is accessible to employers.
Golf club management is currently in an exciting transition period as more people enter the profession from university, seeing a good career path and opportunity in this sector. Education and Continuing Professional Development are a key to success both for club managers and their golf clubs. Both aspects are a central part of the GCMA mission, delivered by both the GCMA Head Office and our regional organisations.
It is therefore gratifying to see a Strategic Business Partner also recognise these benefits, offering graduates a clear and managed route into a very exciting leisure industry. At GCMA we look forward to seeing the benefits which the CMM Graduate Programme will bring to the industry, helping to further professionalise the role.
Bob Williams, CEO of GCMA
Image: AGMS Graduation Day (photo – Jamie Jones)
By Mike Hyde