Four members of the Wolves’ groundstaff have benefitted from passing some important qualifications through their studies at South Staffordshire College.
Chris Lane, Tim Warwick, Antony Hook and Matt Clayton have all achieved NVQ Level 2 qualifications at the Rodbaston Campus of the College, with Chris also completing Level 3.
The studies for the qualification in Horticulture (Sports Turf Management) are part of a vital link between the club and college and are helping the quartet in their work with Wolves.
“We are delighted at how well the lads have done and taking youngsters into work from apprenticeship schemes has worked really well,” says Head Groundsman Wayne Lumbard.
“The qualification is 85 per cent work based with on the job training and the remainder done at college.
“Chris started with us four years ago on an apprenticeship at the Rodbaston Campus and has now achieved Level 2 and Level 3.
“He has also picked up several awards including the Young Apprentice of the Year, and the idea since he arrived has been for us to bring in young blood to come through the ranks and learn how we do things at Wolves.
“He has really excelled as have Tim, Ant and Matt and they are learning more and growing in confidence all the time.”
John Renshaw is the Apprenticeship Manager at South Staffordshire College, which
is the most successful college in Staffordshire for the second year running according to the latest government data.
“On average thegroundstaff are attending college one day a week or fortnight, along with regular reviews in the workplace,” says John.
“It involves one-to-one tutorials and observing them doing the tasks.
“We're delighted to work with Wolves and the relationship we have is excellent.
“It has grown from when Chris arrived and now we have four learners here who have all achieved and gained the qualification.
“I would like to say thanks to Wayne and to Wolves for all their support and for the opportunity to work with such an outstanding team.”
The successful quartet are shown at Molineux with their certificates alongside Wayne and John and fellow groundsman Ken Bates.
Deputy head groundsman Paul Matthew was unavailable for the photo.