The PGA of Australia is committed to further improving the skills of the current and future golf workforce through the establishment of the PGA Golf Learning Hub in Sandhurst, south of Melbourne.
The PGA Golf Learning Hub will provide training and education programs and qualifications for all pillars of the golf industry, including coaching, small business, facility management, turf-grass management, tourism, events and hospitality.
The completion of the Australian Golf Center in Sandringham and the relocation of the PGA administration staff to the heart of the Melbourne Sandbelt have paved the way for an expansion of the PGA’s existing educational infrastructure at the Sandhurst Club adjacent to the two championship golf courses.
In conjunction with the existing PGA Membership Pathway Program, Accreditation and Continuing Education Program and the PGA’s Registered Training Organization – the PGA International Golf Institute, the PGA Golf Learning Hub will provide entry into a career in golf and where the existing workforce can use their skills and improve their education.
The PGA Golf Learning Hub will be the world’s premier golf industry education hub to serve the human resource development needs of both the Australian and global golf industries, said Gavin Kirkman, Chief Executive of PGA of Australia, adding: “The hub aims to: Career paths for the current and future workforce in the golf industry by improving relevant industry knowledge, skills and competencies. “
Working with the Holmesglen Institute and with financial support from the Victorian Government and Frankston City Council, first-year students in the first semester of 2022 are welcomed and given the opportunity to explore a range of topics related to a future career in golf.
Victorian Minister of Tourism, Sports and Major Events Martin Pakula said the Victorian government’s investments would help job growth in the state. Great education and training in the golf industry.
“Golf is a major place to work in Victoria, and initiatives like this will ensure the next generation is well educated and ready to take off right away.”
Kirkman said the Holmesglen Institute has demonstrated its ability to offer a wide range of educational programs for both professional and college education over the past 40 years.
“We are pleased that their skills 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 Sandhurst facility into a useful facility for bringing highly skilled people into the Australian golf industry.”
Frankston City Council will contribute $ 60,000 to the project, with Mayor Kris Bolam highlighting the benefits that the golf industry offers all Australians. “Frankston City has eight golf courses and we look forward to the great opportunities the PGA Golf Learning Hub will bring to residents and visitors. Staying fit, healthy and active has a positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing. “
Deputy Mayor Nathan Conroy said the exciting initiative will make Frankston a major target for training and education programs in the golf industry at home and abroad.
“In addition to bringing new people and students to the area, the PGA Golf Learning Hub will also be available to locals in the Frankston community to enroll in golf industry training and education programs,” said Conroy.
The golf industry currently employs more than 24,000 people in Australia and according to the 2017 Community Impact Study commissioned by the Australian Golf Industry Council, it will add $ 3.6 billion to the Australian economy.
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