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Forestry and Environment Awareness and Careers Day

Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Thursday 10 May 2018, from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Celebrating 30 years of forestry training

This year Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Co Cavan is celebrating 30 years of forestry training and education. All stakeholders involved in the forestry sector agree that education and skills training play a critical role for sustainable development. Ballyhaise is the only College in Ireland providing courses to Level 5 and advanced Level 6 forestry and forest machinery operation.

To mark the occasion, there will be an Open Day on Thursday 10 May to highlight career opportunities in forestry and related environmental areas. There is an increasing demand for educated and skilled personnel and this is reflected in the career opportunities available to the new entrants to the industry.

On the day, representatives from different forestry and environmental agencies will be present to create an awareness of their roles and to outline career paths and options for second level students and the general public. There will be static and working demonstrations to provide prospective students and the public with an opportunity to interact and chat with all the relevant exhibitors from the industry, state agencies and colleges. Options relating to forestry and environment will include climate and weather, water quality, soils, geology, wildlife, biodiversity, recreation, heritage, sustainable energy, tree care, etc.

Forestry Lecturer at Ballyhaise College Marianne Lyons, explained why this will be a very beneficial day for anyone interested in Forestry and Environment as a career path, “Forestry is not a standalone industry and is not just about timber production. In order to have a sustainable resource, the forest industry operates in close cooperation with environmental land use agencies and organisations to produce sustainable products and related services.”

She added, “The demand for timber and a renewable energy resource is increasing. This can be achieved with an appreciation of added environmental value and wider social benefits. Opportunities exist across the sectors for skilled operatives, self-employed contractors and graduates.”

This day is a great opportunity for school goers, parents and members of the public to meet educators, agencies, organisations and representatives from the forestry and tree care sectors. Present on the day will be:

  • Teagasc Ballyhaise,
  • Teagasc Forestry Development Department,
  • UCD,
  • WIT,
  • GMIT (Letterfrack),
  • DAFM (Forest Service),
  • NPWS,
  • Inland Fisheries,
  • Society of Irish Foresters,
  • Soil Science Association,
  • Geological Society of Ireland,
  • Cavan County Council,
  • Arboriculture Association of Ireland
  • and others.

There will also be a number of graduates from Ballyhaise College outlining their career paths since finishing college. This is a day for anyone interested in a career associated with forestry or environment.

Event details

Teagasc, Ballyhaise College would like to invite you to this event on Thursday 10 May 2018. The event is free of charge and will open from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

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