ON THE GREEN: James Raines, Sally Jarrett, David Pomfret and Ethan English

A COLLEGE principal’s experience on a golf course was more than on par.

David Pomfret joined level two horticulture apprentice Ethan English at Middleton Hall Golf Course.

The event was organised for the College of West Anglia’s annual Back to the Floor event which sees senior college staff work alongside apprentices in the workplace.

On Monday, Ethan, 17, demonstrated the art of changing a hole on the green, before critiquing the principal as he had a go at the job himself.

“It’s been good to work side-by-side with Ethan and have him teach me a thing or two about green-keeping,” said Mr Pomfret.

“It’s really important that I get to see how our partnerships with employers benefits both the apprentices and the businesses we work with.

“It’s a very powerful reminder to me about the college’s role in our community and I have really enjoyed my time at the golf club with Ethan.”

James Raines, head green-keeper at Middleton Hall Golf Club, said he was very pleased with Ethan’s progress.

“Ethan has been with me a year now.

“He’s an enthusiastic employee and I think he will go far in his career.

“It’s been fantastic to see him putting his skills to the test in front of his college principal.”

Ethan, who has worked at the golf course for a year said Mr Pomfret had done “really well”.

“I love playing golf. I get on well with the staff, so this really is the best apprenticeship placement for me.”

“A horticulture apprenticeship is a great option for anyone who likes working outside and earning while you learn careers with us.”