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Friday 22 September 2017

Horticulture courses to be given revamp

Horticulture courses offered by Teagasc are to be revamped in 2013, according to Teagasc acting head of education, Tony Pettit.

Under the new plans, students will be able to choose more specialised areas of horticulture to study instead of a broad horticulture programme.

Among the options will be Level 6 programmes in nursery production, food crops and landscape horticulture.

The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) is to expand on a pilot programme that offered a free mentoring service to people out of work or changing direction in the agricultural industry.

ASA president Peter Bolger said the mentoring service would include help with job applications, CV advice and mock interviews.

The ASA has over 1,300 members and also offers continuous professional development (CPD) to agricultural graduates, as well as a weekly 'jobs alert' email outlining the latest employment opportunities in the sector.

Mr Bolger said employment prospects in the agriculture sector were quite buoyant, with most positions filled within a matter of weeks.

Teagasc Kildalton is to offer a new outreach programme for equine students in 2013.

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Students who wish to study stud management will be given the opportunity to take the course without having to travel to or stay at Kildalton.

A location has not yet been decided for the outreach stud management course but it is likely to be in the midlands or northern half of the country. It will be delivered by Teagasc equine specialists and staff.

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