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Teagasc is delighted to progress the development of 5 land-based apprenticeship programmes in collaboration with Consortium Groups. Consortium Groups are representatives of industry, stakeholder bodies, Teagasc staff and graduates from Teagasc courses. National policy advocates the creation of new apprenticeships and Teagasc look forward to the launch of our new exciting apprenticeship options across 2022 and 2023. 

The programmes are:

  • Sportsturf Technician (Higher Level 6) – 2 years
  • Horticulturist (Higher Level 6) – 2 years
  • Farm Technician (Higher Level 6) – 2 years 
  • Farm Manager (Ordinary Level 7 Bachelor Degree) – 2 years
  • Assistant Stud Manager (Ordinary Level 7 Bachelor Degree) – 3 years

Teagasc has submitted proposed programmes for the first four apprenticeships to QQI for validation. The development of the Assistant Stud Farm Manager apprenticeship is being finalised and is expected to be submitted to QQI before the end of 2022 / early 2023. An Industrial Training Order must be signed into legislation by Government to establish each programme. 

The minimum education entry requirements for each of the proposed apprenticeship programmes will be published subject to QQI validation approval. The minimum education requirements proposed is the leaving certificate for the following:

  • Sportsturf Technician (Higher Level 6) – 2 years
  • Horticulturist (Higher Level 6) – 2 years
  • Assistant Stud Manager (Ordinary Degree Level 7) – 3 years
  • Farm Technician (Higher Level 6) – 2 years

The minimum education entry requirement for the proposed Farm Manager (Ordinary Degree Level 7) is:

  • Advanced Level 6 Certificate in Agriculture
  • Farm Technician Apprenticeship (Higher Level 6)

Subject to QQI validation approval of the apprenticeship programmes and upon successful completion, each apprenticeship will be recognised by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine for access to schemes, services and grants provided by the government.

Pending QQI validation approval and the approval of Industrial Training Order legislation, the apprenticeship programmes will be launched in 2023.

Further updates will be published on the Teagasc website, please click here for more information. Should you wish to express an interest or register for further updates, please send an email to marcella.phelan@teagasc.ie

Sincere thanks to our stakeholders and industry partners for their valued support with programme development.