A new ‘Graduate Programme’ from Colt Mackenzie McNair (CMM) offers talented candidates who successfully graduate from UK universities and colleges a new pathway to a career in the global golf industry.
CMM is a leading executive recruitment company working in the golf market and its consultants have built relationships with all of the recognised educational establishments that offer specialist degree courses designed to prepare graduates for a career in the golf industry.
Richard Wood, director of CMM commented, “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”.
The initiative, which is free for both graduates and employers, offers the industry’s future managers an opportunity to find their ideal first placement within many different sectors. This will include golf management and operations; sales, digital marketing; turfcare; hospitality and 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.
“The last decade has seen a significant increase in the number of graduates studying specialist degree courses in the golf, sports and hospitality industries” said Adam Keable, programme director at CMM. “However, this is something upon which the golf industry has been slow to act, and some of the brightest talents have been lost to other industries.
“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.”
Many of the industry’s leading companies and trade associations have already given the CMM Graduate Programme their support, including Topgolf, BIGGA, GCMA, CMAE, England Golf, Trump International, BGL Golf, Crown Golf and Your Golf Travel.
“Any programme that can offer graduates guidance and a platform from which to take the correct steps during the start of their career is obviously of significant value” said Colin Mayes, CEO of Burhill Golf and Leisure (BGL). “As a major employer in the golf industry, having access to such a pool of high-calibre graduate candidates is hugely beneficial, and should improve our recruitment process”.
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.
“Arguably, each year the UK produces the richest crop of talented golf graduates to be found anywhere in Europe” said Richard Wood. “Our new Graduate Programme is a boost not only for graduates, but also for employers seeking to recruit the very best”.
To find out more, contact Adam Keable at Colt Mackenzie McNair or see further details at www.coltmm.com/graduate-programme
Positive reaction from the golf industry
Whether you need graduates, placements or work experience, CMM’s Graduate Programme allows you to access top candidates in golf and related industries. It is a clear opportunity which will offer a competitive edge to any business. Dr Andrew Callaway, Bournemouth University
The golf industry has a huge amount of committee-led businesses at its heart, be they golf clubs themselves or the many associations which govern and support the game. It is vital that these businesses are managed by competent and qualified personnel with industry specific knowledge. I am delighted that Colt Mackenzie McNair has seen fit to introduce a Graduate Programme which will ensure that such personnel are given an excellent opportunity to progress into the industry. Jim Croxton, Chief Executive, British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association
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. Bob Williams, CEO, Golf Club Managers Association
The CMAE is excited by the prospect of Colt Mackenzie McNair’s new Graduate Programme. We are always interested in welcoming new people into the club management industry, especially those who view it as a career for life. I am sure that many of our member clubs will welcome the new graduates which the Programme will produce, and that they will view the CMM Graduate Programme as a valuable new recruiting tool. Mike Braidwood, director of education, Club Managers Association of Europe