The Importance Of Investing In Our Young People
Like any business, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club’s biggest asset is our staff. We like to recruit locally as much as possible as part of our responsibilities to the community, and also to ensure those we employ understand our ethos and commitment to quality.
To sustain a regular and dedicated workforce we engage continually with young people, offering career options and training in various aspects of the club. When you consider that we have young people in the kitchen, front of house, office, Pro shop, on the green staff and in the caddie team, then all departments are playing their part when it comes to encouraging young people in their careers.
When seeking the right staff we always approach our local school first and try to offer the positions to local people. Also, work experience has always been high on my agenda, so when approached we usually always say yes.
Already, almost half our peak season workforce of 54 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees is made up of young people and we want to maintain and improve that number.
We already have a strong partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands through the North Highland College right on our doorstep, and I am trying to build even closer links to the schools so that young people know more about us and we can tap into their abilities.
A next step for us is applying for Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation – the first golf club in Scotland to do so – having successfully achieved IIP accreditation.
Achieving the IIYP standard would mean a great deal to the club as our staff make the Royal Dornoch Experience what it is. Looking after the workforce, and ensuring that they are all involved in the growth of the club, will ensure that we continue to be recognised as one of the best golfing locations in the world.
Royal Dornoch is an internationally-renowned golfing location – our Championship Course was ranked 6th best in the world by leading magazine Golf Digest this year. Our own efforts, and those with our partners in the marketing group Highland Golf Links, are helping to bring discerning golfing visitors from across the globe to the Highlands.
As we approach a significant milestone in 2016 of golf having been played in Dornoch for 400 years, we must continue to provide a product, both on and off the course, that these visitors remember and wish to repeat. Our young members of staff, as they grow with us, have a significant role to play in that goal and we want to ensure we give them the best help possible.
Neil Hampton is general manager of Royal Dornoch Golf Club