A BARNSLEY college student has shared how he secured his 'dream job' on a golf course.

Matthew Mercer, a level two horticulture apprentice, is now working as a greenkeeper at Whitwood Golf Course in Castleford.

He said: “The apprenticeship has helped to prepare me for the duties that I do within my current job.

“I would recommend the College to others because the tutors are friendly and helpful.

“My advice to any students wanting to start an apprenticeship is just go for it because you never know if you are going to like it if you are not there doing it.”

Whilst keeping the golf course presentable and in a playable condition for golfers, Matthew’s main role is to remove any health and safety issues which could cause harm.

Jenny Breeze, horticulture lecturer at Barnsley College, added: “I’m so proud of Matthew, he has used his initiative during the apprenticeship, he has worked really hard on his studies and now has a real opportunity to progress in education and the horticulture industry.”