Despite Teagasc recruitment drive long waiting lists remain for green cert courses
Significant waiting lists remain for Teagasc green cert courses as the organisation deals with unprecedented demand in recent years.
According to Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture Andrew Doyle, approximately, 2,000 young farmers require places on the adult green cert arising from the education requirements of the young farmers scheme and the national reserve.
He said the requirements are to ensure that payments were targeted at trained young farmers with a genuine interest in farming as a career.
The Minister highlighted that it was agreed that the additional temporary resources would be provided to Teagasc to enable it to rapidly expand the number of green certificate places and clear the backlog of applications in the shortest possible timeframe.
In conjunction with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Teagasc was approved to appoint 20 new temporary education officers in 2014 and again in mid-2015 on two-year employment contracts.
It enabled Teagasc to dramatically increase enrolments from a typical year of 500 to over 1,500.
However, according to Doyle as Teagasc continued to experience strong demand for the adult green certificate over and above the pre-existing high levels of demand, it was allocated 30 temporary posts in November 2015 bringing the overall number of teaching posts sanctioned to 70.
In addition, he said the Department also approved seven temporary administrative staff for a two-year period to address the huge volume of course administration that arose from the unprecedented demand.