Sunday 19 November 2017

Places available on horticulture course

County Cork VEC Back To Education Initiative (BTEI) is currently offering places on its Horticulture Programme in Mallow.

This FETAC Level 4 certified programme will take place every Monday and Tuesday, starting on February 25 from 10 am to 3 pm., in the Q Centre, Quartertown in Mallow.

This programme is being offered to anyone in North Cork who wishes to learn more about gardening and organic growing and is willing to commit to part-time education two days per week.

It will enable the students to have an in-depth knowledge of the various aspects of horticulture. With an increasing public awareness of the environment and food safety issues, there is a demand for practical skills in horticulture.

The programme is designed for those with relatively little experience in the area and offers progression to further training or employment in the area. The FETAC level 4 Horticulture award consists of 8 components and will run over a 2 year period two days per week for the first year and one day for second years, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the eight components covered include Plant Identification, Care & Maintenance, Horticultural Science, Work Experience, Safe Horticultural Practice, Growing Vegetables, Establishing Trees & Shrubs, Communications and Horticultural Tools & Equipment.

Learners must successfully complete eight components of study, comprising five mandatory components and three elective components to be eligible for the award of a FETAC Level 4 Award in Horticulture.

Learners who successfully complete between one and seven components will be awarded a Component Certificate by FETAC. The programme has a very strong emphasis on practical work experience, as well as classroom based tutoring.

Participants gain practical experience in all aspects of horticulture, from soil preparation and sowing, growing systems, crop rotation, pest and disease management, through to tree and shrub maintenance, tools and equipment uses and safe horticultural techniques.

Brendan Glynn, BTEI Coordinator says he is delighted with the success of the programme and the increasing number of people interested in organic gardening and horticulture. BTEI addresses the need for much greater flexibility in delivering programmes to adults who want to achieve qualification in a fast developing area like Organic Horticulture.

BTEI continues to encourage those on Social Welfare or those not in the labour force to become qualified at FETAC Level 3, 4 or 5. The timing of such a programme gives the participants the opportunity to access education for up to 12 hours per week.

The horticulture programme hopes to have an educational involvement within Mallow Castle grounds, where facilities include large outdoor growing areas and mature gardens. An ICT room and tuition rooms, all with full disabled access will be made available in separate facilities in the Q Centre, Quartertown.

The programme is free for persons without a Leaving Certificate, those in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment and Medical Card/GP Only Card Holders. Priority is given to those who are early school leavers. Anyone interested in joining this programme can get further information from Brendan Glynn, BTEI Co-ordinator, Tel: 022 42322) or Email


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