James Matthewman has seen his career at Maesteg Golf Club head straight down the fairway since teeing off with an apprenticeship.
Having completed an Apprenticeship in Sports-turf Management and Horticulture, delivered by Bridgend College, he has been promoted to deputy head greenkeeper.
He also won a scholarship from the British and International Golf and Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) - one of only 5 in the UK and Ireland – as a reward for his continuing professional development.
James, 36, from Maesteg, is now working towards an Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and improving his Welsh language. He was named Work-based Learner of the Year by Bridgend College for English and Mathematics qualifications linked to his apprenticeship.